Bengals.com Geoff Hobson is your kindly history professor today* as he compares the trade request/demand of QB Carson Palmer to that of former Bengals star Boomer Esiason.
*If your history professor happened to have a thick Boston accent and couldn’t stop talking about Jim Bouton’s “Ball Four” more than 40 years after its release.
When Boomer Esiason secretly slipped into Mike Brown's office to ask for a trade after coach Sam Wyche left following a 3-13 season in 1991, Brown responded by drafting Houston quarterback David Klingler in 1992 and trading Esiason to his hometown New York Jets for a third-round pick after the '92 season.
There were niceties Monday, so maybe that could be in play here.
Although Brown said Monday he would not trade his franchise QB, that’s not necessarily the end of the matter. He could change his mind, I suppose. But there’s also this: as WR Chad Ochocinco will tell you, demanding a trade through the media is not the way to convince Brown of anything.
And there’s this: the trade of Esiason certainly didn’t help the Bengals, a fact I’m sure Brown remembers. Klingler was a disaster, going 4-20 as a starter in Cincinnati and lasting only five more NFL games during the next three seasons after he lost his position.
And FYI Bengals fans, if you need something to distract you from your current malaise, you could always check out this video feature on the oldest cheerleader in the NFL, a Ben-gal. Honestly, I hope I look that good when I'm 42 (um, you know what I mean).
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