Tag:Carson Palmer
Posted on: February 19, 2011 11:57 am
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Whitworth not surprised by Palmer's request

Posted by Andy Benoit

Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth says, for his own “selfish reasons” he would love for Carson Palmer to remain, but he understands his quarterback has his own reasons for requesting a trade. In an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer, Whitworth was asked if he was surprised by Palmer’s trade demand:

“No, not really. I knew he was really frustrated and knew it had been a tough year for him. It had to be. He took a lot of blame for a lot of things that probably weren’t his (fault) and things that for sure weren’t his fault. That’s the nature of a quarterback but I think in a year in which he was so excited about the potential of our team and for everything to go so badly was tough on him.

Then it didn’t help that there were – and you say Cincinnati fans but the people who do stuff like they did to him aren’t real fans. You’ve got your real fans that will love and support you no matter what but having stuff thrown in his yard and stuff like that, just stuff that is uncalled for. There is stuff like that I’m sure hurt him and put him in a place where he’s not just hurt but worried about his family and people coming to his house. You worry about all that for him but in the end I can feel his frustrations so I wasn’t exactly surprised but I was concerned.”

For what it’s worth, Whitworth is coming off a career year. If Palmer does wind up staying in Cincy, he’ll at least have a blindside protector he can trust.


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Posted on: February 9, 2011 2:10 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2011 2:18 pm
 

Carson Palmer is selling his house

Posted by Andy Benoit

Carson Palmer isn’t messing around. Weeks after demanding to be traded awayC. Palmer (US Presswire) from Cincinnati, the Bengals nine-year quarterback has put his house up on the market. Dennis Janson of WCPO first reported the news.

Palmer has threatened to retire if he’s not traded. The Bengals have said they will not trade him.

Janson writes, “A local Comey-Shepherd representative confirmed that preparations are being made to put Palmer's residence on the market, hopefully by March.

‘He's not coming back’, according to a real estate agent who talked Wednesday morning with the disenchanted Bengals quarterback.”

Palmer’s wife is said to be disenchanted with the Cincinnati area. The couple has two young children (and plenty of money saved up for a post-football life).

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Posted on: February 8, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Hot Routes 2.8.11: Two sides of Vick



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Vick didn’t get out of the ceremony unscathed, though. As this YouTube video will attest. To be fair, though, take the video with a grain of salt. It’s hard to tell if Vick even heard the radio guy or looked at him.
  • If you’re thinking new Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden will contact QB Carson Palmer to make a pitch at him to stay in Cincinnati, think again. Gruden will wait until Palmer’s job status is sorted out before making contact.
  • Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post thinks the Super Bowl has become too bloated.
  • If you were driving in the Washington D.C. area Sunday night, there’s a pretty good chance you were given a ticket by Maryland or Virginia police. Forty-two drivers were arrested on DUI suspicion.
  • The Washington City Paper has announced the Washington City Paper Defense Fund so the outlet can fight the multi-million dollar lawsuit leveled at it by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. Apparently, the newspaper is getting plenty of support from its readers.

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Posted on: January 31, 2011 2:21 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 8:59 pm
 

Hot Routes 1.31.11 the NFL outside of Dallas

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit


Retaining Darren Sproles in 2011 could be tough for San Diego.


Titans wide receiver coach Fred Graves has joined the Panthers staff. Graves coached Steve Smith at Utah.


More Panthers assistant coach news: running back coach Jim Skipper, despite his catchy name, will not be brought back. .


Not surprisingly, Super Bowl winning teams tend to send more players to the Hall of Fame.


The NFLPA has issued a “Let Us Player” video over the internet.


A new offseason means the renewal of a Vincent Jackson to the Rams? discussion.


Andy Reid’s youngest son gave a verbal commitment to play football at Temple.


Hue Jackson has been referring to Al Davis as “Coach Davis”.


Bernard Berrian admits that the alleged extortion attempt was a distraction.


National Weather Service is advising Packer fans to wait until Wednesday to leave for Dallas.


The Onion has some fun with Carson Palmer and the Bengals.


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Posted on: January 30, 2011 9:46 am
 

Carson Palmer's unhappiness a 'one-way street'?

Posted by Will Brinson

The Carson Palmer dissatisfaction issue in Cincinnati is an odd one -- the Bengals won't trade their "franchise" quarterback, even though he wasn't very good in 2010. And Palmer, even though the Bengals inexplicably love him, wants out.

Dan Pompei of the National Football Post has some interesting info in his Sunday Blitz though, especially the fact that he hears the apathy in Cincy is a "one-way street." (Running east from Palmer to Brown.)

Reportedly, the team is "taking Palmer off the hook" for his shoddy performance last year and pinning his lack of success on the people that surrounded the quarterback offensively. Pompei writes that the team will "try to rectify the situation by making sure the locker room understands Palmer is the only leader."

Now, without pointing fingers, um, "Terrell Owens." It's also possible that the Bengals could dump Chad Ochocinco, although it might be difficult to put him in the "best situation" with just youngsters Jordan Shipley and Jermaine Gresham serving as receiving options.

Bottom line is this: the Bengals truly believe that Palmer hasn't lost a step performance-wise (arm strength, etc.) and is capable of returning to Pro Bowl form in 2011.

Well, either that or they're doing a hell of a job trying to prop him up as a desirable trade asset for someone like the Vikings or Redskins once the labor situation is sorted out.

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Posted on: January 28, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Podcast: Discussing Palmer, Burress & XLV

Posted by Will Brinson and Andy Benoit

Super Bowl XLV is nearly upon us. But before getting carried away in the hype, we run through some of the key topics from around the league, including Caron Palmer, Plaxico Burress and whether running backs are vital to Super Bowl success.

It's worth it -- believe us. just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

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Posted on: January 25, 2011 11:20 pm
 

Could Carson Palmer be worth a first-rounder?

Posted by Will Brinson

Carson Palmer demanded a trade a few days ago. He did it behind the scenes, but the Bengals made things public by telling people they'd denied the quarterback's request.

However, would the Bengals trade him if they could get a first-rounder in return? You'd think the answer would be "YES!!!!" Of course, you'd think that the possibility of swapping a team's first for Palmer wouldn't exist. But Bengals.com quotes an anonymous GM who says that a "playoff-ready" team could net a first-rounder for Cincy.

"I don't think his skills have declined. I think he's got everything you want," The GM said. "But for whatever reason, I don't think he's ever put it all together and from what I can tell, they've tried to surround him with good players."

A quick glance at the standings shows the following teams could classify: the Titans, the Dolphins, the Redskins, the Vikings, the Seahawks and the 49ers.

Yes, some of those teams are a stretch, but the more you look at it, perhaps the more it makes sense. Is Palmer worth the equivalent of a first-rounder? No, definitely not. He's older, he appears to have lost arm strength and he's already threatening retirement.

But there are a group of teams -- most notably the Washington, Minnesota and Seattle -- who might qualify as teams legitimately interested in overpaying for the possibility of winning now.

Minnesota needs a replacement for Brett Favre who can keep the team afloat before the roster gets so old that competing isn't an option, Seattle has Pete Carroll who will trade for ANYONE, ANYTIME, ANYPLACE (oh, and he coached Palmer at USC) and the Redskins are the Redskins.

So, in short, no, Carson Palmer is not worth a first-rounder, but yes, there is always a chance that some team can net that pick in exchange for the beleaguered Bengals quarterback.

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Posted on: January 25, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Ocho claims he's switching back to 'Chad Johnson'

Posted by Will Brinson

Chad Ochocinco, a few years back, was known as "Chad Johnson." But, as one handsome, intrepid reporter discovered, he actually followed through with his name change and became the incorrect, Spanish version of his football jersey.

It appears El Ocho is returning to his roots, however, as he announced on NFL Live that's he's going to change his name back to "Chad Johnson."

"I've done enough with Ocho Cinco," the Bengals wide receiver said to Trey Wingo via telephone.

We'll get to the "enough" thing in just a second, but it's worth noting that he also said "I need to fight my head coach" during the interview, which makes the possibility of a(nother) name change, well, okay, it's still the most interesting thing that happened, but him saying he wants to fight Marvin Lewis on national television is reasonably spicy.

It's also worth noting that he hasn't officially filed the paperwork yet, so don't go burning that Chad Ochocinco ordering that Chad Johnson jersey just quite yet. But, presuming that the Ocho Era truly is coming to an end, let's see how that worked out for the wideout.

Name Years Avg Catches Avg Yards Avg TDs
Chad Johnson 7 ('01-07) 79.9 1,195 7.0
Chad Ochocinco  3 ('08-10) 64.0 806 5.7


Now, your argument might be, "Hey, jerk! Have you seen Carson Palmer the last three years???" or even "You know he got OLDER, right?"

Fair enough -- but please note that his pre-Ocho average includes his rookie season when he only started three games and only caught 28 passes for 329 yards and one touchdown. (AKA what might be a productive year for him in 2011, zing!)

Take that season out, and while named "Chad Johnson," my man averaged a stupid 88.5 catches, 1,339.3 yards and eight TDs over six seasons.

After that, well, yeah, you can argue reasons other than "more concerned with celebrity than performance" all you want, but it can't be 100 percent coincidence that his production plummeted when he decided to change his name.

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