Carson Palmer makes O-line wear ridiculous Christmas outfits to get gifts from him


A lot of NFL quarterbacks and running backs buy their offensive linemen gifts around Christmas time to show their appreciation. These 325-pound gorillas have done their best to keep the guys throwing and running the ball alive, and many of them deserve more recognition than they get. However, pass protection isn’t enough for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer.

Rather than simply giving his offensive linemen gifts out of the kindness of his heart, Palmer is making the big guys work if they want goodies.

“To get their Christmas gift from Carson Palmer, the o-line have to wear his hand picked outfits all day,” kicker Jay Feely tweeted along with the photo you see above.

The onesie is always a humiliating great look, but the Christmas sweater/tights combination that Palmer made offensive guard Daryn Colledge wear was even better.

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Carson Palmer: Buccaneers were contacting my agent all offseason

Carson-Palmer-CardinalsThe more we hear, the more it sounds like Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano never planned to stick with Josh Freeman as his quarterback of the future. On Wednesday, Schiano announced that Freeman will be benched this weekend against the Arizona Cardinals in favor of rookie Mike Glennon. If you believe Carson Palmer, the Bucs already tried to phase Freeman out during the offseason.

Palmer told reporters on Wednesday that the Bucs expressed a great deal of interest in acquiring him last spring before he was traded to the Cardinals.

“My agent said that Tampa had been contacting him a lot,” Palmer said, according to the Buccaneers official website. “I would have been very excited to be there. Their organization has a lot of good players across the board, but like I said, I’m excited and happy to be where I am. I’m excited about our future.”

This basically confirms what we already knew and what was previously reported — Freeman has never been Schiano’s guy. If he was, the team would not have drafted Glennon in the third round back in April. It was only a matter of time before Freeman was holding a clipboard. His poor play during the first three games of the season merely accelerated the process.

H/T Around the League

Carson Palmer fist bumps referee after Cardinals get favorable calls


Carson-Palmer-fist-bump-refArizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer has been in the NFL for a long time. Like many other 11-year veterans, he probably has a strong relationship with several of the league’s officials. However, giving one a fist bump after a favorable call might seem a bit too chummy to some.

Palmer exchanged a pound with referee Pete Morelli after a crucial call went Arizona’s way in the third quarter of a win over the Detroit Lions. It came after a roughing the passer call resulted in a first down on a drive that ended with a field goal and the Cardinals cutting Detroit’s lead to 21-19.

Believe it or not, this stuff happens a lot. Refs and players pat each other on the butts from time to time — it doesn’t mean they’re in cahoots. Palmer had just taken a big hit so Morelli could have simply been asking him if he was alright.

H/T Reddit

Bengals fan urinates on Carson Palmer jersey, then they burn it (Video)

Angry fans often express their displeasure with a player who has left for another team by burning their jersey. That is nothing new. But some vile Cincinnati Bengals fan decided to take the process a step further by urinating on a Carson Palmer jersey before his group lit it on fire.

In the video above featuring some NSFW language, you can see the man urinate on the Palmer jersey as others in the background express their surprise. After the first Palmer jersey was burned, the person recording the video moved on to another area where a second Carson Palmer jersey was being burned.

The jersey burning is no surprise after Palmer said he would refuse to play another game for the Bengals following the 2010 season. He was booed during and after the game, and he even had beer dumped on him as he was leaving the field.

We searched for that video, and came across one that appears to show a drink thrown at Palmer as he was running through the tunnel to exit the field. The video will likely disappoint, but you can watch it here.

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Carson Palmer reportedly had beer poured on him as he walked off field

Carson Palmer reportedly had beer poured on him as he walked off the field at Paul Brown Stadium following the Raiders’ 34-10 loss to the Bengals on Sunday.

Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Twitter after the game that fans poured beer on Palmer as he walked off the field. Tafur did not specify whether it was Raiders or Bengals fans who poured the beer on Palmer, but we’re assuming it was the Cincinnati fans.

The game marked Palmer’s first in Cincinnati since he demanded a trade away from the Bengals after the 2010 season. Palmer was drafted No. 1 overall by the Bengals in the 2003 draft. He went 46-51 over seven seasons as the starter in Cincy and made the Pro Bowl twice. He led the team to the postseason twice, but after a 4-12 season in 2010, he demanded a trade and said he would never set foot inside Paul Brown Stadium again. That declaration proved false on Sunday.

Palmer was traded by Cincinnati to Oakland once Jason Campbell got hurt last season, and he has gone 7-13 in one and a half seasons as the Raiders’ starter. He was 19-of-34 for 146 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in Sunday’s horrific loss. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, who was selected in the 2011 draft, upstaged Palmer by going 16-of-30 for 210 yards and three touchdowns.

The Bengals clearly got the best end of the Carson Palmer trade, so the team’s fans really have no reason for such poor displays like that one. If they want to protest the way Palmer treated the franchise, do it like this:

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Carson Palmer: Forget playoffs, Raiders are close to a championship contender

The last time the Raiders finished a season with a record above .500, Rich Gannon was under center. That was 10 years ago, when the 11-5 Raiders were destroyed by the Bucs in the Super Bowl. Since then, life in Oakland has not been easy. The Raiders have improved a bit recently — with 8-8 finishes the past two seasons — but they have work to do before becoming a playoff contender. Carson Palmer is confident in the current squad, however. In fact, he believes Oakland is close to being a Super Bowl contender.

“As far as being close to a playoff team, it’s more than that,” Palmer said Wednesday in an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio, according to the Contra Costa Times. “We’re close to a championship team. There’s a lot of work that needs to be put in and a lot of hurdles that we need to get over, but we need to be heading into this season thinking more than just playoffs.”

With Hue Jackson having been fired and Palmer still learning the offense, many believe 2012 will be a rebuilding year for the Raiders. Offensively, a lot will hinge on the health of Darren McFadden and the ability of Palmer to get on the same page with the receiving corps. Defensively, Oakland ranked 29th in total team defense last season and gave up a whopping 27 points per game. I doubt that is an overnight fix.

As the team’s quarterback, Palmer’s job is to try to build confidence. That being said, the Raiders haven’t made the playoffs since 2002. Reaching the postseason needs to be the goal before Oakland even thinks about getting to the Super Bowl.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Jason Campbell: Carson Palmer Trade Was a ‘Moment of Silence’

Jason Campbell led the Raiders to a 4-2 record in his six starts this season, but he broke his collarbone against the Browns. He’s expected to miss around six weeks after having surgery. Because they’re in playoff contention, the Raiders decided to acquire Carson Palmer in a trade.

The Raiders are hoping Carson Palmer will be able to lead them to continued success the rest of the season. Based on the price they paid in the trade, the Raiders are likely to keep him as their starter in the future. Knowing that, Jason Campbell was disappointed to learn of the trade.

“I was halfway still on pain medicine [when I learned of the trade],” Campbell said on 95.7 FM Friday. “It was kind of a moment of silence. My fiancee looked at me to see if I was gonna say something. There’s different things that go through your mind but you don’t want to fill your mind with those thoughts.”

Coach Hue Jackson told Campbell he still believes in him, but all signs point to Palmer being the team’s starter in the future. Campbell will be a free agent after the year while Palmer is signed through 2014.

I’ve said I think this is a bad trade for the Raiders. Not only did they give up too much for Palmer, but I also believe the team is better off with Campbell as their starter. Campbell isn’t flashy, and his playmaking ability is limited, but he’s much steadier than Palmer who has become turnover-prone.