Carson Palmer Personally Recruited Laveranues Coles to Come Play For the Bengals

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIMarch 5, 2009

Who's to say that Carson Palmer can't help change the Bengals in different ways beyond his play on the field? After Cincinnati lost the services of T.J. Houshmandzadeh, their quarterback went to work on helping to motivate his team to find a suitable replacement.

After countless phone calls to T.J. Houshmendzadeh didn't secure his services, Carson Palmer decided to focus his efforts on head coach Marvin Lewis.

The moment Laveranues Coles hit the market, Palmer kept pushing to motivate his head coach to lobby for Coles' services in the wake of Houshmandzadeh's departure.

When the Bengals began moving with negotiations to sign Coles, Palmer called Laveranues himself. He told him how important he felt it would be for him to sign with the Bengals.

Coles stated that Palmer's involvement had a lot to do with his desire to want to play in Cincinnati.

He said that "Anytime a quarterback of his caliber takes time out to give you a call and lets you know how important he feels it would be to come to a team he plays for, I felt that was something great. I felt it was something I needed to take a close look at."

Palmer's involvement with motivating the team to make such a big signing comes as no surprise to me. He's one of the most passionate players in the league and has always tried to do everything he could to better the franchise.

Even so, it was great to see Carson Palmer take such an active role in helping his team develop. I feel that signing Laveranues Coles was a great offseason move for the Bengals and their offense shouldn't skip a beat, even with the loss of T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Palmer completed his first move with his new reciever by successful recruting him. I expect him to continue that success by helping Coles become incorporated into their offense and develop into a more productive player.