Originally published Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Oakland Raiders get quarterback Carson Palmer in trade with Cincinnati | NFL

The Oakland Raiders give up two draft choices — including at least one first-round pick — to acquire quarterback Carson Palmer in a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals.

AP Sports Writer

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ALAMEDA, Calif. — Carson Palmer went to bed as a retired quarterback who thought the Cincinnati Bengals would never grant his wish to be traded.

He woke up to a text message early Tuesday morning telling him to fly to Oakland to complete a trade with the Raiders, who are counting on Palmer to replace injured Jason Campbell and lead the team back to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

"It's been a whirlwind," Palmer said. "I understand what's expected of me. I know what playing quarterback is about, and it's about winning. I want to come in and contribute and do whatever I can to help this team."

The Raiders are hoping he can do a lot, having traded a 2012 first-round pick and a conditional second-rounder in 2013 that can become another first-round choice if Oakland makes it to the AFC Championship Game in either of the next two years.

Raiders coach Hue Jackson, a former Bengals assistant coach, said he believes the 31-year-old Palmer is an ideal fit. Jackson recruited and coached him at USC.

"This guy can play and he knows how to play the game and he knows how to elevate the players around him," Jackson said. "There's no question you go on offense as good as your quarterback is. I think he's one of the best and that's why he's on this football team now."

The deal leaves the Raiders with picks only in the fifth and sixth round in next year's draft.

The Bengals had been adamant about not trading Palmer, who wanted to be dealt from a team that has had two winning records in the past 20 years.

Owner Mike Brown repeatedly insisted he wouldn't consider Palmer's request for a trade because he didn't want to reward him for holding out.

Brown changed his mind after getting the big offer from the Raiders. He said the play of rookie quarterback Andy Dalton from Texas Christian made it easier to trade Palmer.

Detroit also made a move before the trade deadline, acquiring running back Ronnie Brown from the Philadelphia Eagles for running back Jerome Harrison — a former Washington State standout — and an undisclosed draft pick in 2013.

Harrison, 28, played in eight games for the Eagles last season, gaining 239 yards on 40 carries.

Benson suspension

is cut to 1 game

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati running back Cedric Benson received a reduced one-game suspension from the league for his misdemeanor assault cases settled before the season.

Benson originally received a three-game suspension for the incidents, but appealed on grounds he wasn't under contract when his latest arrest occurred. Benson's lawyer also argued NFL players were locked out when Benson was arrested in Texas in July, so he wasn't subject to discipline from the league.

The league rejected those arguments, but reduced the penalty to a one-game suspension without pay and a fine equaling another game check. With the Bengals (4-2) heading into their bye, Benson would miss an Oct. 30 game against the Seahawks in Seattle.

Benson leads the Bengals with 458 yards rushing.


• Offensive tackle Anthony Davis of the San Francisco 49ers said he will tone down his tweets.

After a series of profanity-filled boasts on Twitter after Sunday's 25-19 road victory over the previously unbeaten Detroit Lions, the second-year player quickly deleted his posts. He was encouraged to do so by the team.

• Cleveland defensive end Marcus Benard pleaded not guilty to two traffic charges stemming from a motorcycle accident last week.

Benard, 26, is done for the season after breaking his hand and suffering other injuries in the high-speed crash. He was charged with reckless operation and driving with a suspended license and a pretrial hearing has been set for Nov. 21.

Police estimated Benard was thrown 241 feet after smashing his three-wheel, Can-Am Spyder into a guardrail.

• Ex-Buffalo Bills center Kent Hull, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, died. He was 50. The cause of death was not immediately known.

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