How Carson Palmer Put the Cincinnati Bengals Behind the 8-Ball with Trade Demand

Rob WeilCorrespondent IJanuary 24, 2011

Carson Palmer's popularity in Cincinnati was at an all time low throughout the 2010 season
Carson Palmer's popularity in Cincinnati was at an all time low throughout the 2010 seasonMatthew Stockman/Getty Images

Carson Palmer felt the wrath of frustrated Cincinnati Bengals fans last season and became no stranger to boos and heckling at Paul Brown Stadium.

In fact, many Bengals fans expressed great interest in bringing in some new blood under center to run the Bengals offense; it seems that those frustrated fans just may get their wish.

According to several league sources, Palmer announced earlier today that he will ask the Cincinnati Bengals to trade him and that he will contemplate retirement if his trade demand is not met.

Sources close to Palmer say that the quarterback is financially secure for the rest of his life and that Carson is willing to walk away from the game and retire.

While some of the aforementioned Bengal fans that I describe might be pleased with Palmer’s rift with the Cincinnati Bengals organization, those same fans will be disappointed when they learn the hard truth that the Cincinnati Bengals are in no way ready to face life without Carson Palmer.

Jordan Palmer (the younger brother of Carson Palmer) serves as backup quarterback to big brother Carson and has thrown 15 passes in his NFL career with zero touchdowns and two interceptions.

Needless to say, Jordan doesn’t have the most accomplished resume should he ever step under center for Marvin Lewis.

In addition to Jordan Palmer, the Bengals also have rookie Dan LeFevour waiting in the wings should his services be needed. LeFevour had an accomplished college career at Central Michigan under current Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Butch Jones.

Unfortunately for Bengals fans, LeFevour has yet to throw a pass in a regular season NFL game and he has lighter credentials than Jordan Palmer does.

As if the Bengals lack of depth under quarterback wasn’t unsettling enough, it should also be stated that the club could overhaul many of their veteran offensive skill players and transition to a younger less experienced core of offensive skill players.

Running back Cedric Benson has been vocal about his displeasure with the Bengals offensive philosophy and even went as far as to say that if offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski was retained, then he would not return next season.

As of right now, Bratkowski is still the club’s offensive coordinator and Benson hasn’t made any comments to show that he is back on solid footing with the team.

Cedric Benson isn’t the only player considering purchasing a one-way ticket out of Cincinnati.

Recently in an interview with WJMN radio in Boston, wide receiver Terrell Owens said that he’d “definitely be open” to playing for the New England Patriots. Owens went on to compare his current situation to the decision LeBron James made a few months ago when he signed with the Heat.

"I'm like LeBron (James). I can go there and take less of a role, take less money and put everything aside and make it work."

While T.O. is doing his standard postseason media blitz, his fellow wide receiver Chad Ochocinco is also blowing up all the social media outlets and threatening to leave the Bengals.

Ochocinco recently spoke highly of new Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson in several tweets.

Ochocinco said that “it would be refreshing to be with Hue Jackson once again. I know I wouldn’t have to worry about being thrown under a bus again.”

Hue Jackson served as Ochocinco’s wide receiver coach in Cincy from 2004-06 and the “under the bus again” comment is reference to Chad’s feeling that head coach Marvin Lewis called him out in front of the media at times last season.

Ochocinco also expressed interest via Twitter in playing for Bill Belichick.

So with that being said, here is a quick recap if you lost track of all the recent happenings occurring within the Cincinnati Bengal organization:

  • Quarterback Carson Palmer is requesting to be traded from Cincinnati and is threatening to retire if he isn’t traded.
  • Running back Cedric Benson wants offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski fired and is also threatening to walk if the coach isn’t released.
  • Wide receiver Chad Ochocinco is hyping up the possibility of playing with the Oakland Raiders or New England Patriots.
  • Wide Receiver Terrell Owens is comparing himself to LeBron James and is envisioning himself as a Patriot.

With all of these possible departures, let’s examine who will be left in Cincinnati to fill the void that these players may leave.

At quarterback, Cincinnati either has the option of trying to coach up Jordan Palmer or Dan LeFevour, trade for an established quarterback in a swap for Carson or draft a rookie to take over the reins of the offense.

Early indications were that Cincinnati would select defensive end Dequan Bowers out of Clemson to beef up their defensive line. That speculation was happening when Carson Palmer was penciled in as the starter, though.

What does the team do if Carson decides he truly wants nothing to do with the Bengals? Does Cincinnati take a long hard look at Blaine Gabbert or Ryan Mallett?

Bernard Scott serves as the backup to Cedric Benson at the running back position and would most likely step into the starter’s role if Benson does decide to leave. Bernard Scott has only rushed the ball 135 times throughout his first two years in the NFL though and at 5’10", 197 lbs. there are definitely durability concerns regarding Mr. Scott.

Is Cincinnati really ready to give that much responsibility to the second-year running back from Abilene Christian College or will they pick up another running back in the draft or via free agency?

At the wide receiver position the Bengals are really high on young receivers Jordan Shipley and Jerome Simpson. Marvin Lewis and Mike Brown envision these guys being the future for life after T.O. and Chad.

Questions linger about these players, though. Jordan Shipley is only a rookie and has yet to be one of the top two wideouts in an NFL offense.

Simpson meanwhile only caught fire in Weeks 16 and 17 of last season where he caught 18 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns. Before that, Simpson only caught three passes throughout his first three seasons in the NFL.

Does Jerome Simpson now suddenly become worthy of being a No. 1 wide receiver?

As you can see there are plenty of questions to be answered here in Cincinnati, Ohio and Carson Palmer’s trade demand just made things that much messier.

Bengals fans may want Carson Palmer gone, but it should be noted that the cupboard isn’t full to replace Palmer or any of the other parting skill players that Cincy has relied throughout the last couple of seasons.  


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