Carson Palmer to Raiders: Why Cincinnati Won Standoff with QB
Palmer, who told Cincinnati ownership following the 2010-11 season that he would retire before returning to the Bengals, had been encouraging owner Mike Brown to trade him for months. Brown however, vowed that he would not let Palmer go because of the principles at stake.
Brown insisted to ESPN at a press conference that "He made a commitment. He gave his word ... we aren't going to reward him [for walking away from the contract]".
Yesterday the standoff finally ended, and the Bengals won.
Andy Dalton Is the Man for the Job
At the beginning of this season Cincinnati fans feared the absolute worst.
Having lost Palmer, along with two standout receivers in Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens, the Bengals' offense appeared to be completely depleted.
Today, however, things are looking much brighter in Cincinnati.
Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton has taken over for Palmer, and has done so in impressive fashion. Through Week 6 Dalton has already thrown for 1,311 yards and seven touchdowns, while leading the Bengals to a surprising 4-2 record.
With Palmer headed to Oakland, Dalton is now officially the man in Cincy, and should he continue to play at a high level, no one is going to miss Palmer.
The Return Was Well Worth It
Mike Brown didn't want to let Palmer go, but when the Raiders offered a first-round pick in 2012 and a conditional first-round selection in 2013, he couldn't help but to pull the trigger.
By trading Palmer, an inactive player who was unlikely to ever wear a Bengals uniform again, Brown set the stage for Cincinnati to become a top-tier franchise in the very near future.
They now have at least three first round picks over the next two seasons, and if they can use those selections to add talent to their already promising roster there's no limit to how good this Bengals team could become.
Palmer may be in for a few decent seasons in Oakland, but Cincinnati is in for a long stretch of winning.
The Bengals Know How To Draft
Cincinnati's front office has been scrutinized for a million different reasons over the past several years, but no one has questioned their recent ability to draft quality players.
Since 2007, the Bengals have used their first- and second-round selections to bring in Johnathan Joseph, Andrew Whitworth, Leon Hall, Rey Maualuga, Jermaine Gresham, Carlos Dunlap, A.J. Green and Andy Dalton, among others.
As for the Raiders, they drafted JaMarcus Russell.
Cincy now has two more high draft picks to play with, and given their recent draft history, it's hard to believe that they won't use them wisely.
While Oakland has to a chance to have a great 2011-12 season with Palmer under center, their future isn't looking too bright considering what they had to give up to get him.
A Fresh Start
Chad is gone, T.O. is gone and now Carson is gone.
By trading Palmer on Tuesday the Bengals officially kicked off a new and exciting era of Cincinnati football.
Their defense is already among the league's best and with rising stars Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham on offense, the future of football in Cincinnati is looking brighter than ever.
I'm sure Palmer is excited to restart his career in Oakland, but he may be missing out on something very special in Who Dey Nation.