Apr 9, 2012
New Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie isn't outwardly concerned with the overall cost of acquiring quarterback Carson Palmer.
“You can beat that doggone story 'til it's worn out,” McKenzie told Sports Illustrated's Peter King. “But I know this: We've got a quarterback we think can win the division and take us to the playoffs. Losing a (first- and second-round pick) doesn't bother me one bit.”
Palmer joined Oakland during the midseason, but was unable to lead the team to the playoffs.
McKenzie joined the Raiders in January after 18 years in the front office of the Green Bay Packers, including a stint as director of football operations. He also played linebacker for the Los Angeles Raiders from 1985 to 1988.
Owner Al Davis served as Oakland's general manager until his death in October 2011.