While Ochocinco was lucky enough to get out of town before the season with a trade to the Patriots, Palmer's publicized standoff with the organization came to an end on Tuesday when he was traded to the Raiders.
Palmer was looking to be traded after another forgettable season with the Bengals in 2010, but the Bengals held their ground and initially refused. Palmer threatened retirement and was a no-show to camp as the Bengals moved on with rookie Andy Dalton under center who has led to the Bengals a 4-2 record.
Things were finally worked out on Tuesday before the trade deadline, but Palmer's next pass will be his first of the new season. He's probably got some rust to get rid of after sitting out roughly the first third of the season. This is on the heels of a 2010 season in which the 2002 Heisman Trophy winner tied a career high with 20 interceptions. In short, you really don't know what you'll get from Palmer in Oakland.
However, if Palmer comes into his new situation and has any sort of immediate success, it will probably trump what Ohcocinco has done in Foxboro. The veteran receiver has struggled mightily thus far with the Patriots, as he has grabbed just nine receptions in the team's first six games. Quarterback Tom Brady has expressed he still has confidence in Ochocinco, and so has the coaching staff and front office, but so far, the man they used to call Chad Johnson has been a pretty large disappointment.