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Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:10 pm

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Fans in Cincinnati have been upset with Carson Palmer ever since he walked away from the Bengals and (kinda, sorta) retired. They think he abandoned the team -- which he did -- and they think he was selfish. But he had his reasons, considering he knows exactly how the Bengals organization is run, and I think he had good reasons for not returning.

But … he was still selfish for leaving, and even he’s willing to admit it.

“Well it’s been a long eight years,” Palmer told KNBR in San Francisco (via “I’ve been through a lot, seen a lot within that organization, and just decided. I definitely realized it was a selfish decision that I was making. I talked about it a lot with my family and decided that I’d like to continue to play but it was time to move on. And it was time for them to move on.

“I’m just excited and happy and blessed to be in the situation I’m in now playing for Coach Jackson and with this organization. I’m excited where this one is headed, and it’s also good where the Bengals organization is headed -- they’re headed in a great direction. They’ve got a good young nucleus of players, they’re playing really well, and I think it worked out well for both organizations.”

So, did he think he would actually beat Bengals owner Mike Brown in a game of chicken?

“I actually thought I might not get a chance to play this year,” Palmer said. “I didn’t think (Brown) was going to do it and was hoping for next year. But if that was what it was going to take, that’s what it was going to take. But fortunately I got the chance to play this year.”

Palmers Intro to Oakland
And sure, the Raiders were terrible last week, watching as Kyle Boller and then Palmer threw a combined six interceptions, but Palmer is pleased to be reunited with Hue Jackson. Meanwhile, the Bengals have moved on with Andy Dalton. But still, that doesn’t stop Marvin Lewis from taking shots at Palmer’s willingness to remain loyal to the team that committed tens of millions of dollars to him.

“At what point did Carson quit?” Lewis asked Yahoo Sports. “At some point last year he decided he didn’t want to be here. This didn’t happen at the end of the season. There was a point earlier on when he said, ‘This isn’t the place for me.’”

Or as one unnamed Bengals official told Les Carpenter: “We got rid of all our [expletive].”

Which strikes me as blatantly unfair. But Palmer seems happy in his location. The Bengals seem happy with their new quarterback. And everybody can go along on their merry way.

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Since: Oct 30, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 12:52 pm

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

The only Raider football you know is what you hear (like) from BSPN (and stuff), lol. We are one of the most talented and deepest at WR than most teams in the NFL. McFadden is the one that gets the majority of the media hype, i.e. how you even know of his name. 
And yes the Raiders potentially did hit the "Talent Lotto" with Palmer. Prior to his discontent with the bengals he was a 2 time pro-bowler. Not some guy that ONLY has potential but has proven it and will more than likely prove it again. IF he does return to what he's (proven) to be able to do, we more than hit the "Talent Lotto."  

So let's see. When Palmer was rockin' the bengals (you too) were happy with him, now that he's trying to better his life and get away from a work eviroment he no longer want to be in, you all bash'm on his way out the door? That i'd expect outta Cleveland, not Cinci. 

And for those talking about what monies might remain on his contract and that he stuck it to the Bengals..........2 1st round draft pick should cover that. I mean, look at all the "sour grapes" here and now you're concerned about the money too? All you wanted was the guy out of town. Cya. He gone! You got what you wanted now quit your bitchin'.  

Since: Oct 30, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 12:44 pm

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

"Quits a team that's loyal to him?" Lmao.....are you serious? It's business and every player is meat in a uniform. The more you pay for the meat the better you take car of it and treat it, but that's not loayalty. Sounds like sour grapes to me. But thanks for the offer of "good luck." You too. 

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 4:57 pm

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Carson Palmer certainly has not been rewarded.  What are the odds that he would have to move his family to a worse place than Cinncinnati?

Well maybe he can buy a home for his family on the coast and get a studio apartment in Oakland during the season.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:41 pm

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

The one thing that annoyed me about the entire situation.  He signed a huge contract extension 2-3 years ago with Bengals.  He got a huge bonus.  His contract would of ended the year he quit if he wouldn't of signed extension.  So at the end of the day he got a huge bonus for just playing out his old contract.  I could care less about Bengals management.  I think Brown is a joke, and deserves to lose every penny he can in situations like this.  It's clear after a under .500 record over 10 years Marvin Lewis just isn't that good of a coach.

Even if they are Cincy fans.  They deserve much better then that.  Even though it's not a great thing for Pittsburgh.  I hope Dalton becomes the franchise qb Carson never could.

Since: Oct 28, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:35 pm

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

I'm guessing you are from Cleveland...

The "Bungles" are dead...that "team" was finally put to rest in January, thank God. NO ONE in Bengaldom will EVER wish for the Pick Sick sissy. Trust me. You have like one talented player in McFadden. So, I don't know what you mean by "all the talent" he has there. Your team certainly didn't hit the Talent Lotto when you got him.

The Bengals on the other hand have Dalton, AJ, Rey, Whitworth, etc...As far as the Stealers and Ravens games, we NO LONGER have a sisssy at the helm of the team. We finally have a guy who is a natural leader, and WINNER. Pick Six is neither of those and I cannot wait until your Golden Boy proves you wrong...He's washed up, bro, give this up. Remember THAT when we use your draft choice next year to improve OUR team, even more!

Last time I checked the Bungles were one of the top defenses in the entire NFL. Check the power rankings, bro. We were dead last but that is certainly not the case anymore. Kiss

Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:19 pm

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Fendon....To count the Bengals out of any of the games with Pittsburgh or Baltimore is plain ignorance. The Bengals have played in this division with these two teams for years. They know how each team is going to play them. The Bengals D has played extremely good all season long, that is why they have the #2 ranked D in the NFL. Andy Dalton and crew will keep them in any game as long as he doesn't make the rookie mistakes he has stayed away from all season long. And to say they don't have a chance against the Texans is wrong too. Go ask the Texans for that matter Pittsburgh and Baltimore as well if they are looking ahead of the Bengals this year. I bet you get a BIG "HELL NO"! 

But lets say you are right. they don't have a chance against any of these teams you say are going to steam roll the Bengals. One thing I know for sure is we don't have a QUITTER as our QB. One thing is for sure this team plays with heart. One thing for sure is Mike Zimmer is one of if not the best Defensive Coordinators in the NFL and will not let up on this team.

You take Carson Quitter. I will take Andy Dalton over him anytime!  This team is not the best team in the NFL. But for sure, the product that is out there is better than what we had last year. 

Who Dey Baby!!!! 

Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:06 pm

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals


    I can see your frustration, coming from a "basement team" the last 8 years.  Sucks that prior to this year, since Palmer entered the league, the Raiders are 37-91, with only 1 (thats slightly less than 2) season at 8-8, which was last year.  And, as long as Cleveland is in the AFC North, the Bengals don't have to always worry about landing in last place.  Yes, Pittsburg and Baltimore have great defenses.  But just 2 years back, the Bengals beat each.....twice.  And Cincinnati didn't have the number 2 ranked defense in the NFL then, they do now.

    As a Bengal fan, I'm glad Carson gets a new start.  I still think he's an elite QB, and he has a ton of weapons in Oakland.  Let's just hope something gets fixed with the rest of that team, cause giving up 28 points to THE CHIEFS?  Come on, they have been the laughing stock of the league so far this year.  But hey, bye week for you guys, and a little extra time for Carson to learn more than 10% of that playbook.  Maybe we'll see both teams in the playoffs (if not this year, maybe next).

Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 1:57 pm

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

I am telling all of you die hard Raiders fans that the second Carson Palmer gets the chance to blame a possible down fall of the Raiders and quit....HE WILL! The man was paid not a little....not a good amount but A TON of money to play a game. What happens and happened on the field was in his control. He threw the numerous pick 6's. He was the one who went to management and suggested Terrell Owens be added to the team. Then he up and quits on a team that was loyal to him. Regardless of what anybody says about Mike Brown, he was loyal to Carson the entire time he played in Cincinnati. He (Mike Brown) paid Carson WAY more than what he was worth at the time he signed his last contract with the Bengals.

Now Carson has a chance to start over with another team. A team with a similar reputation (upper mgmt) that the Bengals have. To think the second he gets the chance to quit on your team he won't is wrong. For the Raiders sake I hope they go out and try to find a solution to your QB situation after the season ends. Carson Palmer is not the solution. His arm strength is gone. His decision making ability is horrible. His work ethic in the off season is not what it should be for a supposed elite QB. He will eventually be the problem, and when you least expect it he will quit on your team as well. Good luck Raiders fans.  You will need it with Carson Palmer as the leader of your team!

This coming from a die hard Bengals fan that is HAPPY as ever that he (Carson Quitter) is gone! 

Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 1:41 pm

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Let's see.  Cincy's schedule so far has WINS vs Cleveland, Buffalo(good win there), Jacksonville, and Indy; then Losses to San Fran and Denver(ouch). 4-2 is about where they should have been with this schedule.  They still have 2 vs Baltimore and 2 vs Pittsburgh(4 losses).  They also have a date with Houston in there(another loss).  The other five remaining games should be wins. That would give them 9 wins if they played em on paper.  That puts them on the outside looking in this year unless they find a way to beat Baltimore, Pittsburgh, or Houston (while not slipping up to any of the cupcakes.)  Frankly, they need to get alot better before they will be hoisting a Lombardi.  They also have to hope Baltimore and Pittsburgh mess up in the draft(something Pittsburgh always seem to get right.)  Unfortunately, the forecast for Cincy seems to remain bleak unless they realign the divisions.

Since: Oct 28, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 1:10 pm
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