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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 12, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:58 am

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Barry Sanders & Tiki Barber made similar decisions. I think Elway did it coming out of college too.

Since: Oct 22, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 1:44 am

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

like Rich Gannon right? 

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 1:41 am

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Earth to raidernation. Prepare to make your decent back down to earth, minus three draft picks.

Palmer's arm looked so weak, I don't understand how sitting out can make his arm stregth diminish so much. I just watched his first throw against the KC Chiefs and it was so slow it was almost picked(then he limps back to the huddle lol).

Let us settle any dicussion about him throwing all those pick sixes out of protest to the Bengals' front office, Palmer just can't read safties. It's OFFICIAL Bengals' fans we need to root against the Raiders to loose out, becuase there is no way they're making the AFC championship to insure us a 2013 first rounder. The more they loose the higher their 2012 first rounder becomes. Who Dey!? Not OAK!

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 1:28 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!

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 1:09 am

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

It's not like he didn't ask to be traded multiple times before he gave up and said he would "retire" instead of play with the Bengals another season.  I'll give him credit for it not just being a barganing tactic or a bunch of hot wind, he really did go through with it because he truly didn't want to play on the Bengals anymore.  A lot of people say they'll hit you, but very few ever do, much like all these "I'll sit out the season!!" NFL players..

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 12:52 am

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Who can blame him?!? It's the Bengals. 

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 12:14 am

Palmer admits he was stupid for leaving Bengals

All these people want to represent and fabricate what anyone that follows the Cincinnati Bengals thinks about this situation. I guarantee that a a large margin were surprised by this guys move. Anyone however with any common sense had to welcome his move about an hour after he did it. By absolutely clarifying his lack of backbone under his yellow skin tone.

Carson Palmer relieved any question of his value to that team or any other going forth. The guy (thats questionable also) has been a major factor in the continuing  Jekyll and Hyde collapses by that organization in his time. Mike Brown didn't throw twenty interceptions last season. Palmer and Oko Choko were the main cry bables in reinstating the hapless passing attack that failed so miserably after the run dominant game carried them to the playoffs in 09.

Palmer's arrogance and questionable character took the opportunity to pretend Mike Browns lack of management skills had somehow forced him to choke. A portion of the media and fans swallowed that lie wholesale due to Browns tendency to blunder. Who in the hell cuddles up to that situation for so long without a word of discontent....ever. And then tries to pull that farst. It was clear the Bengals weren't goin anywhere with that injury prone joke at mid season.

Long before Dalton and Green in addition to the  two draft choices and the relief of that stifling salary he gave back... It was clear he had to go along with those other two sideshows. Carson Palmer won't be in football in 2013. He'll get the pass this season due to the excuse of coming in at mid season and the Mike Brown has held him down ploy.  Next season he'll be exposed and or injured... He breaks very easily. Pretending anyone within a hundred miles of Cincinnati shed a tear over that Sissy is a reach.  You people keep telling yourself those three picks last week were a fluke. The cities of Cincinnati and Kansas City can't thank Palmer and the Oakland Raiders enough... The jokes on you

Since: Oct 28, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 12:14 am

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Well, being a LIFETIME Bengals fan as well as a LIFELONG resident of the Queen City, I am pleased as punch that Pick Six Palmer caved to his wife. The initial reports are that his wifey missed Cali so much that she left her cushy Indian Hill mansion and went back to Orange County, CA, all the while insisting that Pick Six join him. 

Since Pick Six is the ultimate pussy, he obliged and threw his tantrum, I mean submitted his request to be traded to Mike. Well, we all know how the story goes from there. The BENGALS hit the lotto with AJ and ANDY, then they hit it again by getting one guarunteed, possibly TWO FIRST ROUND PICKS from the Raiders.

The people of Cincinnati FEEL GREAT ABOUT THIS! Enjoy Pick Six, Raidernation. He's your pansy now Cool

Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:35 pm

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Bamsraiders, dude

    In those "8 long years" you talk about, Palmer's (and the Bengals) went 60-67-1.  Not great buy any standard, but the Raiders a betetr organization?  The same Raiders who where 37-91 during that exact same stretch of time.  Maybe in terms of golf, or lunicy.  As for your other examples, I'll give you Akilli, Klingler, and KiJana, not because they died a slow death in Cincy, but they never had an NFL life to begin with.  They sucked, they would have sucked (and did) anywhere.  As for Dillon, he had 6 straight 1000 yard seasons and 3 Pro-Bowls before he wanted to leave Mike Brown.

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:28 pm

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

ochocinco was the real cancer on that team.  how many catches does he have with NE this year?  like 5?    i wouldnt want to play for mike brown either much less try to keep t.o. and ocho happy.  what a circus.   that said, carson is not carson anymore.  anyone expecting him to revive the raiders will be dissapointed.   that 3 INT performance will most likely not turn out to be an anomaly.   they said it was because he hadnt learned the o and was out of sync with the raider receivers.   palmer threw a lot of picks with the bengals last year.  he tries to do too much.

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