This is the same concern that had most of us up in arms when DHB was drafted with the 7th pick 3 years ago.
The problem is that we simply are not OPTIMIZING OUR VALUE. I had no problem with Davis taking DHB before Crabtree, but the fact is that we could have traded down, added an additional 1st or 2nd round draft pick, and STILL taken DHB.
This is the same thing with this Palmer trade. I know this was a win-now move, and I think he represents an upgrade on Campbell, who, while he's been making good throws this season, has been absolutely terrible with the deep ball. But, with Palmer not having played in a year and a half, and with the elbow concerns, I just think we need to do a better job with getting good VALUE. Trading 2 1st round picks for a 31 going on 32 year old QB who's best year was 3-4 years ago isn't the best return on investment....unless he wins a Super Bowl. There is no other outcome that will suffice.
I understand a 1st round pick was necessary to get Mike Brown to trade Palmer this year. But I would have liked to see a 1st and a 3rd or maybe just a 1st and a 2nd without the conditional to make it a 1st. Perhaps even getting a 3rd or 4th round pick back from the Bengals in addition to Palmer.
Making less than optimal trades is ok in fantasy land or Madden, but in a high-money game like the NFL, I would have just liked to see a smarter long-term deal. I can't help but wonder if we had an experienced GM in here, we would have leveraged a bit more.
With all that said, I hope this gets us to the Super Bowl. Campbell has not had a great game maybe ever in the Silver & Black. Palmer has had elite moments before. Go Silver and Black