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Are the Bengals screwing with Jordan Palmer?

Posted on: August 18, 2011 6:49 pm
C. Palmer and J. Palmer both might not be playing in Cincinnati this year (US Presswire)Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Carson Palmer is retired for now. The Bengals are looking to start second-round draft pick QB Andy Dalton, and they’ve signed veteran Bruce Gradkowski to help mentor him. But the Bengals, according to WCPO’s Denny Janson are still trying to mess with the Palmer family.

On his Twitter account, Jensen writes, “Carson Palmer tells friend, #Bengals are toying with brother Jordan. Few reps etc. Expects him to be cut but too late to sign elsewhere.”

If that’s true, that wouldn’t be real nice of the organization, especially since Carson Palmer has been such a big part of the team and helped lead the squad to two AFC North titles (suffering a variety of injuries for a team that gave him a ton of money coming out of college).

Actually, that would be a real jerky thing for the club to do, especially if it’s maliciously trying to mess with Jordan’s career. On the flip side, the Bengals did sign Jordan three years ago after he had been released from the Redskins and his career was in jeopardy, even though it’s pretty clear he’ll never be a starting QB in the league (even a free agent named Dhani Jones thinks so!).

The question: would the management take out its frustration with Carson on Jordan? My opinion: I kind of doubt it. If the Bengals release Jordan Palmer -- who had designs on winning the starting job in June -- it would probably be because he simply hasn’t shown the team enough since 2008 to qualify for even a third-string QB position. I'd also like to think the Bengals have a little more class than meanly shoving out Jordan just to get back at Carson.

In other Bengals news, fans didn’t seem all that interested in watching Cincinnati’s training camp this year as it attracted just 1,330 cars to Georgetown, Ky., to watch the Bengals practice. That, writes the Cincinnati Enquirer, is the lowest total since the team began training at Georgetown College, about an hour south of Cincinnati.

Last year, although the team trained in Georgetown for just two weeks, the college parked 7,362 cars.

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Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:23 pm

Are the Bengals screwing with Jordan Palmer?

The longer this little drama goes on, the less I respect Carson Palmer. He doesn't have the balls to make any statement publicly about his "retirement" or his real reasons for suddenly deciding to quit on his team. Instead he whines like a baby to his friends and family. Palmer came to the Bengals fully aware that the organization is a mess, and this hasn't changed. The only thing that has changed is the level of his play and increasing pressure from fans who were understandably frustrated by his
If Palmer were any kind of leader, he would accept some accountability for the Bengal's struggles in 2010 and work to get things back on track. Instead he runs away from the challenge. If Mike Brown was trying to be vindictive, he could fine Palmer $30,000.00 for each day he does not report until Palmer follows through on his threat to retire. Palmer, just file the damn papers and be done with it!

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:13 pm

Are the Bengals screwing with Jordan Palmer?

Hold on Carson.  As a Bengals fan you screwed us and in the process YOU screwed your brother.  Let's look at the facts you walked out and quit.  So the Bengals planning for the future without you drafted Andy Dalton.  On our roster we had ZERO NFL starts so we went out and got Bruce Gradkowski to back him up and give US a veteran back up.  Training camp comes and we need to get our NEW number 1 quarterback ready and his backup ready and now your brother is number 3 or 4 on the depth chart.  Now let's see Carson if you had stuck around the Bengals might not have drafted Andy Dalton.  You would be getting a lot of snaps and your brother (your backup would have more of a chance).  So you screwed the Bengals and your brother.  Oh but you have said you have millions of dollars and never have to play again.  Then help a brother (your brother) out.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:20 pm

Are the Bengals screwing with Jordan Palmer?

Actually, it's the Bengal fans that are being messed with. Ownership won't do a thing to make the team better. It's the status quo and it's OK with Mike Brown. Btw, Bruce Gradkowski will be the starter this season...not Andy Dalton.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 8:45 pm

Are the Bengals screwing with Jordan Palmer?

I find it infinitely more likely that the Bengals are trying to save face.  You see, it's always been clear that Jordan Palmer was on the team not because of talent, but because of his brother.  Now that his brother is out of the picture, the team is in the awkward position of having an undertalented third stringer who was brought on out of nepotism.  But they don't want to LOOK like they brought him on just out of nepotism.  So they have to pretend to give him a chance, then cut him for not being out-competed.

In other words, if he gets cut, it's because he's not good enough.  If he gets cut a bit later than he should, it's because they are trying not to look like they never wanted him in the first place.

Truth be told, Jordan should be pleased.  The sooner they cut him, the sooner his paychecks stop coming in... because no matter when it happens, his chances of really catching on with another team in any serious capacity are relatively slim.  Teams that are going to carry a 3rd stringer that they hope never plays are more likely to sign a developmental rookie project than a low-ceiling vet.

Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 8:08 pm

Are the Bengals screwing with Jordan Palmer?

You're right, you apparently did miss the point of the article.  It's Carson Palmer that suggested the Bengals are screwing Jordan Palmer and the article is discussing the merits of that claim.  Although it's actually someone else saying Carson Palmer thinks the Bengals are "toying" wtih Jordan....

Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 7:53 pm

Are the Bengals screwing with Jordan Palmer?

I'm not sure I understand the point of this article.  Yes, Jordan Palmer is getting very few reps and may be cut.  But no, there's no evidence whatsoever he's being jerked around simply because he's a Palmer.  There are dozens of QBs in the exact same situation as Jordan, and many of them will be cut just prior to the season.  It happens every year to hundreds of players at every position.  Nothing to see here, folks.  Move along.

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