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“What?! Carson Palmer wants out?!”
That was my reaction to hearing the news of Carson Palmer asking for a trade from the Bengals.
Palmer is reportedly going to ask the Bengals for a trade, and if his wish is not granted, he will contemplate retirement. I never thought Palmer would turn on the team that’s been giving him chance after chance, despite his underwhelming play the last couple of seasons, even after the fans were wanting his head.
However, I guess it’s gotten to be too much for him, after being on the hot seat for the past two years. It probably would’ve gotten the best of me too.
After the dismal 4-12 season, the Bengals announced, much to the dismay of the fans, that Palmer would remain the starting quarterback for the 2011 season and said they would not be taking a quarterback in the early rounds of the draft.
The Bengals obviously have a ton of talent, and it’s evident much of the blame falls on the coaching staff. However, following the conclusion to the season, the Bengals decided to bring back head coach Marvin Lewis another year, and not fire current offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski, which could’ve weighed on Palmer’s decision.
So do I think Palmer is actually done with the Bengals? I do think they are going to try very hard to trade him away, but if a deal doesn’t get done, I find it hard to see him retire with him turning just 32 next year. However, it’s obvious that after his most recent elbow injury, he doesn’t have the ability he once had, and playing with a team that makes the playoffs once every four years at best, he just isn’t having fun anymore.
I haven’t gotten much chance to look into the possible landing spots, but the most likely places are the Vikings, Cardinals, Seahawks and 49ers. The last three teams would be great spots for him, because he would be able to move back closer to home, but it’s uncertain which teams will aggressively go after him. The Vikings offer him the best chance to win, but he could succeed with any of the four teams.
What are the Bengals going to do now? Your guess is as good as mine. The team has made so many questionable moves since Mike Brown took over the team, making it nearly impossible to tell.
The Bengals have shown a desire to take DE De’Quan Bowers with their 4th overall pick, but now a quarterback might be the best choice. I personally am a fan of Ryan Mallett, and think they should draft him if they go in that direction.
Another option they have is free agency, but the best QBs on the board are Matt Hasselbeck, Matt Moore and Alex Smith. None of those guys are attractive options. A couple more guys that could be available via roster cuts are Donavan McNabb and Vince Young, neither of which are going to lead the Bengals anywhere. McNabb is washed up and Young is the last kind of guy the Bengals need to add with his character issues. However, the Bengals have a past of signing and/or drafting players of his nature, so that scares me.
They also could trade for a guy, such as Kevin Kolb, which is my favorite option, but ultimately unlikely to happen.
The Bengals are a mess right now, and this almost all but solidifies them as a bottom feeder for the next couple years, barring a couple spectacular moves or a surprise breakout player. Palmer was the glue keeping the Bengal’s hope intact each year.
Now with Palmer likely headed out the door, it’s anyone’s guess as to what the Bengals are going to do.