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Carson Palmer Wants Out: Now What for the Bengals?

“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.

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6 responses to “Carson Palmer Wants Out: Now What for the Bengals?

  1. dmills14 January 23, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    I was surprised when I found this out. Whether it happens or not idk. Palmer is obviously fed up with the front office and coaching staff.

  2. berger987 January 23, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    And I don’t blame him. The thing is, with Palmer next year, they still have a good chance to be a .500 team, which gives me hope. He was the person giving them the chance, even though he wasn’t leading it. Now without him, idk how they’re going to get to the playoffs in the near future unless their D turns into the 2000 ravens.

  3. dmills14 January 23, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    And really in my mind I thought the defense was the biggest let-down of the year. I thought that was going to help them win the North to be honest.

  4. thepidemic January 24, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I don’t blame him at all for wanting out. With some of the big names they have on offense, on paper they seem much better than they actually are. This team has been a disfunctional mess for a long time now, and he just wants to play for a team with some structure. Coach and coordinator should have been fired long time ago imo. I don’t believe that McNabb is totally washed up. Washington is a mess too, and hasn’t made a qb look good since…..Mark Rypen? Shanahan has treated him like crap the whole time, and you really can’t much when you’re treating the starter that way. Either way, he’s only got a couple seasons left anyways. But even without Andrew Luck going pro this year, it’s still a pretty good crop of qb’s coming out.

  5. jbebbs January 24, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I don’t blame Carson at all. The Bengals management has consistently brought in misfits. And no I’m not talking about TO who proved to all his critics he still has a lot in the tank. I feel like a great spot for Carson would bed the Cardinals. He would have the 2nd best WR in the game in my mind. And could start fresh with new management and again my opinion but a good head coach.

  6. berger987 January 24, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    That’s just too bad Mike Brown has refused his trade request. In the last 20 years, the Bengals have had some bad teams and really low spots, but right now, it’s hovering around rock bottom.

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