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Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:10 pm
 
Palmer

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 sportsradiointerviews.com). “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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Comments

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 8:59 am
 

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

So wrong,  Lewis is not the problem it's Brown bringing in troubles players and doing nothing to set them straight. Lewis cut Henry just to have Brown bring him back.



Id even give ya that. 



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 8:54 am
 

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Carson Palmer wouldn't be the first QB to reseurrect his career with the Raiders. You might remember Jim Plunkett and of course, Rich Gannon in recent years. The Raiders haven't exactly been blessed with any decent QBs in recent memory and when Jarmarcus Russell folded up his tent, another top draft pick went by the wayside.

Giving the Bengals a first round pick in 2012, plus possibly another in 2013 was a really steep price for an aging veteran. Let's face it, a young Kevin Kolb seems like a better deal for the Cardinals than this...but you know, only time will tell. I think Palmer has a few good years left, but if the Raiders keep mortgaging their future with other players, they will never be a force in this league.



Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 8:46 am
 

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

So wrong,  Lewis is not the problem it's Brown bringing in troubles players and doing nothing to set them straight. Lewis cut Henry just to have Brown bring him back.



Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 8:39 am
 

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Now here's a Chief fan that knows about the Raider's history.  Couldn't agree with you more Chief's fan, and I applaud you for your knowledge.  The last real QB that Oakland drafted was Kenny Stabler.  That was a long, long, time ago!  Got to appreciate what the Chiefs have done this year.  Down 0-3 losing two of their best players in Charles and Berry, this team picked themselves up and won 3 straight.  I think you guys will shock everyone and beat SD this Monday night.  
Your schedule gets even tougher after that, but at least you guys aren't doing the Suck for Luck campaign.  
Miami and Indy are pathetic, pretty much throwing their games away on a weekly basis. 



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 8:31 am
 

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

He traded the Bengals for the Raiders! Not a step up if you ask me.... The Raiders are where QB's go to die!
I can see how a 12 year old might think that...... After all the last 7-8 years were bad...  but obviously you werent around or werent following football before 2003....



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 8:24 am
 

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Betcha money he woulda stayed if they fired Lewis.



Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 4:43 am
 

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Palmer=Plunkett? or Gannon?
I think he is better than both myself and seeing how the raiders are still young enough...yes i know this may be a little bold but....... i also think he has plenty of time to do as much(atleast Gannon) or more than either of the two......Damn thats getting to the superbowl!......maybe it's REAL bold!



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Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:25 am
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Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:06 am
 

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

and the Bengals will get 2 first round choices for a has been



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:01 am
 

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

" The Raiders are where QB's go to die!"

No young Jedi, The RAIDERS are where over rated Quarterbacks go to get paid. I don't blame CARSON for wanting out of Cincy. Mike Brown and that whole organization are well known for running a crappy franchise. Two winning seasons in 20 years and a mediocre coach at best in Lewis. 


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