Some Players Reportedly Feel Like Carson Palmer Wussed Out on the Bengals

Carson Palmer made it clear this offseason that he would never play another game for the Cincinnati Bengals. As early as January he demanded a trade, and a few months later he maintained his position saying he would never set foot in Paul Brown Stadium again. Palmer has held to his word and has been tailgating at USC games (and working out on his own) instead of preparing for NFL opponents. That apparently isn’t sitting well with some players around the league.

In his 10-point stance column, Mike Freeman of CBS Sports writes:

“There are players around the league ripping Palmer as a chump who was afraid to take on the challenge of sticking with the Bengals and making them good again. Some players are calling him the word that is slang for a cat. They also feel he’s getting a pass from the media.”

I will defend Carson Palmer to death on this point. When the Bengals drafted Carson in 2003, they hadn’t had a winning season since 1990. It was a terrible situation and the franchise had seen highly-drafted quarterback after highly-drafted quarterback come in there and flop. Nevertheless, Palmer embraced the franchise and promised to turn them around. He did. In his second year as the team’s starter, he led them to an 11-5 record and a playoff appearance. He made two Pro Bowls, led them to the playoffs twice, and was one of the league’s better starters until an elbow injury ruined his arm strength.

After seven years with the franchise, he finally wanted out. I don’t blame him. The Bengals are a cheap franchise. They have the smallest scouting department in the league, and a penchant for low-balling draft picks. They never fired Marvin Lewis because they were too cheap. They constantly signed ex-cons or other problematic characters, and they have no regard for character when they draft.

Carson Palmer paid his dues. It was time for him to be set free. And this is not an issue of the media giving him a pass; it’s an issue of everyone knowing how awful the Bengals’ franchise is. I don’t wish anyone the misfortune of being drafted by that organization, and I support any player’s desire to leave the team.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DY256YPXIRKX3AVSS7HJU7PYWE Justin

    If he didn’t want to stay he shouldn’t have signed a contract extension with the Bengals.  But to sign and then cry and want out is lame.  I agree with the players.  The organization does suck, but if it was so bad he wouldn’t have signed in the first place.

  • Anonymous

    Carson doesn’t play for them any more.  He got what he wanted.  Nothing further need be said.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WA25O5ONHRRZZKFBOCR5EIHZ5A Waters

    He let the Bengals no in January that he wanted out. Mike Brown never even attempted a trade. Palmer didn’t whine or complain about that, he stuck to his guns and quit football. He didn’t get the money he was guaranteed or anything, and the Bengals were simply not going to be good again before he retired. They could have traded him and got something in return but they chose not to. That’s on them. Mike Brown vs. Al Davis for most damaging owner to a team would make for a great debate though.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7D6NRCGEK33I2TLNQRML3YFN7Y Margie

    Carson Palmer was considered to be on of the top 3 qb’s in the league when he first joined the nfl.  After the steelers blew his knee out in the playoffs palmer came back the next year and passed for more yards than the year before.  His elbow injury is getting better and he could start as qb for a number of teams in the nfl.  The colts, the dolphins, the vikings, the 49ers, the seahawks, the browns, the cardinals.  Any of those teams would welcome him in as their new franchise qb and starting qb in a heart beat.  However Mike brown is the biggest dumb arse in football history.  The nfl should make him step down. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2Q3PFLNA6D7X45KFWMIQOTVY Eric Z

    Being anti-Mike Brown, I think Carson should have pulled a Brandon Marshall and screwed around in camp so that he’d either be a backup QB making high $$$ or waived. Had to at least get waived so another team could pick him up.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    It would be difficult to respect a player who does that. I have more respect for Carson for not doing it. Plus, as he said, he has all the money he needs.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LFHZJGW4Y6KIH725OXU2FN6V3A Joel

    Where is the tailgate located?  He probably puts out a great spread.

  • Anonymous

    Lets see..
    1. Trade a guy who won’t play for you anyway and get maybe a couple 2nd round picks
    2. Don’t trade a guy who won’t play for you anyway and get nothing
    What exactly does it prove on the Bengals part that they would rather stick it to an unhappy
    player and be empty handed

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I don’t think he would fetch that much in a trade, but it’s foolish not to deal him.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    He signed his extension in ’05, before they really started to go all-in with the ex-cons and criminals. The show got out of hand as the years went on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peter-Zimmer/1026225323 Peter Zimmer

    Larry….what are you saying about those Bengals now????  They have had very solid drafts the past 3 years…..and have made the playoffs with a rookie qb.  This team is loaded with quality guys…and to talk about them having a roster full of ex-cons (who to be exact??) is an unfair portrayal of a group of good men who have worked hard and believe in themselves!  You are either part of the problem……or part of the solution…..and I can honestly say now that Carson was part of the problem.  He was not the leader that they needed from the Qb position…nor the leader that Andy Dalton has turned out to be.  They have had a lot of bad luck with injuries with some quality draft picks (David Pollack, Dennis Weathersby, Kenny Irons, Chris Perry) or they probably would not have had the down years they had.
    And to get a 1st rounder and a 3rd rounder from Oakland shows that maybe Mike Brown isn’t as dumb as people think he is!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CXSJLJWUIIO6OGMCDDBWQQHDEQ Kyle

    Larry, don’t you ever get tired of being wrong?  Who Dey!