Tag:Mike Brown
Posted on: March 21, 2011 8:17 pm
 

Bengals not ready to trade Palmer

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We’ve noticed lately that it appears the Bengals might be cracking a bit in regards to QB Carson Palmer’s demands to be traded. There’s been talk he could land with the Cardinals or the Dolphins, and it makes sense that Cincinnati would rather get something of value for Palmer instead of letting him retire.

Trading Palmer?
According to owner Mike Brown, though, nothing has cracked at all.

Speaking with the Cincinnati Enquirer’ s Joe Reedy and Bengals.com’s Geoff Hobson, Brown said, “I want him back and I will just leave it at that. I haven’t talked to any other team about him and I have no plans to trade him.”

Right, but what happens if/when Palmer retires, and you lose your nine-figure investment in him?

“I’ve seen any number of players who at one point did not want to reenlist come back and be quite happy about it,” Brown said. “It depends how it goes. As far as getting value, I don’t see any opportunity to get what I consider to be value. Having said that it doesn’t make sense to look to trade. It only makes sense to wait and hope Carson comes around.”

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Posted on: March 18, 2011 11:32 pm
 

Would Andre Smith be better off as a guard?

A. Smith (Getty) Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Bengals OT Andre Smith is only the latest first-round draft bust selected by an organization known pretty well for its first-round draft busts.

Cincinnati selected Smith No. 6 in the 2009 draft, and despite his awful decision to run the 40 at his Pro Day without his shirt, the Bengals paid him a fortune to be the left tackle of the future.

That obviously hasn’t happened, as former G Andrew Whitworth holds down that position in Cincinnati (and despite a lack of Pro Bowl recognition, does a pretty darn good job of it).

So, what to do about Smith, who signed a six-year, $42 million deal at the beginning of his career (with $21 million guaranteed)? After all, he’s perpetually overweight, and he’s perpetually hurting with injuries (the two aren’t necessarily independent of each other). He’s only made five career starts, and for most of his career, he’s been behind Dennis Roland, a much-less talented but harder-working giant of a man.

ESPN.com’s
James Walker floats an interesting idea.

According to Walker, the Bengals coaches are discussing the idea of making Smith a guard instead of a tackle. As Walker writes, “perhaps a move inside could help jump-start Smith's career. He's never had the prototypical body for an offensive tackle. His strength is his girth, not his feet or ability to move quickly in space. Therefore, his weaknesses won't be exposed as much at guard.”

It’s maybe not a bad idea.

But, even so, you have to question the Bengals scouting and drafting skills to move their future left tackle inside to a guard position. Well, unless, you’re owner Mike Brown – then, you cite an obscure stat about how your draft days are relatively successful and go merrily on your way.

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Posted on: March 14, 2011 2:06 pm
Edited on: March 14, 2011 2:16 pm
 

NFLPA, owners battle each other and for you

Posted by Mike Freeman

There is the battle in the court between the players and owners and then there is another battle.

The other battle is the battle for you, the fan.

As both sides prepare for court fights they are simultaneously fighting to win a PR war.

Since the lockout, the NFL has sent numerous releases to many in the media. Some are statements from owners like Art Rooney II expressing their disappointment in the union. Others are announcements about high-powered additions to their legal team.

Cincinnati owner Mike Brown told the Cincinnati Enquirer that all the players cared about was the money. Then, president of the San Diego Chargers, Dean Spanos, released a statement accusing DeMaurice Smith of not negotiating in good faith. The Kansas City Chiefs added their own statement as well. The Broncos said they're willing to open their books.

The league also announced that Roger Goodell was slashing his salary to $1. It's doubtful the NFL commissioner, however, will need to borrow a few duckets to put food on the table.

All of the statements basically have the same purpose which is to blame the players for the current labor crisis.
NFL Lockout
The player's association re-released its own statements immediately following their decertification. My guess: the players saw what the owners said and wanted to, again, make the position known that the owners are lying.

Both sides are clearly fighting for control of you. Your mind. Your opinion.

But the players won't stay silent for long. It's only a matter of time before they begin to counter what the league is saying.
And the battle continues...

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Posted on: March 9, 2011 10:15 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2011 10:17 pm
 

Has Ochocinco 'lost his nerve and work ethic'?

Posted by Will Brinson

A lot of mock drafts -- including those of Rob Rang and Chad Reuter here on this very site -- have A.J. Green, the seventh-overall prospect on our board, going to the Bengals with the fourth overall pick.

While Green's talent certainly elevates Cincinnati's interest, so does the likelihood that they're ready to move on from the Chad Ochocinco/Terrell Owens era. Firming that theory up a report Wednesday from CSN New England's Tom Curran on that very subject.

Curran reports, via a "well-informed source," that Ocho "has lost his nerve and work ethic."

Burn. This probably means that Curran can expect an offer to rumble at some point from Ochocinco. Oh, and that the Patriots aren't interested in inking Chad, which was actually the point of the whole thing in the first place.

El Ocho and the Bengals

One interesting trade Curran does mention, though, is getting Steve Smith from the Panthers for a third-round pick.

I'd actually argue that the Panthers need to get a touch more than that, particularly because the Patriots currently hold the Panthers' second-rounder (the first pick in that round), and, unless Carolina's front office is completely devoid of human emotion, they'd probably like to recoup close to as much as they gave to New England last year so they could draft Armanti Edwards. Who, um, hasn't quite panned out like Smith.

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Posted on: March 9, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Signs of a Carson Palmer trade on the horizon?

C. Palmer (US Presswire)Posted by Andy Benoit

The Cincinnati Bengals insist they won’t give in and trade disgruntled quarterback Carson Palmer. Owner Mike Brown’s history supports this claim (Brown has refused to trade Chad Ochocinco and he held onto malcontent running back Corey Dillon for several years).

But read between the lines and you might see a different outlook.

First off, thebelief around the league is that Palmer’s threat to retire if untraded is not an empty one. The Southern California native has two young kids, tens of millions in the bank and a wife who doesn’t like the Cincinnati area. The Bengals know this.

More directly, look at the recent behavior of Cincy’s coaching staff. We wrote in a post about Cedric Benson’s likely return that new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden casually referred to Benson as someone who could carry the ball “20 to 25 times a game if we need to if we have the young quarterback.” When Gruden mentions a “young quarterback”, he’s not referring to the 31-year-old Palmer.

Bengals and quarterbacks

On Tuesday, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis attended Auburn’s pro day workout. The Bengals currently hold the fourth overall pick in the draft. Auburn only has two early round draft prospects this year: defensive Nick Fairley and, of course, quarterback Cam Newton.

It’s possible Lewis was there to see Fairley (though the Bengals don’t figure to be in the market for a defensive tackle). It’s also possible that Lewis just happened to be in the area (other southern schools have pro days this week). It’s possible he was there for smoke screening purposes (never hurts to have teams drafting below you think that you might surprise them with your selection).

Or it’s possible that the Bengals are listening to all those who continue to whisper about Palmer actually making good on his threat to retire.

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Posted on: March 2, 2011 10:13 am
Edited on: March 2, 2011 2:39 pm
 

NFL/NFLPA exec committees in mediation Wednesday

Posted by Will Brinson

Wednesday's mediation session between the NFL and NFLPA has a different tone, just based on attendance -- the entire 10-man owner executive committee, including lead negotiators Jerry Richardson of the Panthers and Pat Bowlen of the Broncos, is in Washington.

Art Rooney of the Steelers, John Mara of the Giants, Jerry Jones of the Cowboys, Dean Spanos of the Chargers, Mike Brown from the Bengals, Robert Kraft from the Patriots and Mark Murphy, Packers CEO, are the additional members of the executive committee.

Also in Washington are players like Kevin Mawae, Drew Brees and Tony Richardson. All of that's to say that there's a significantly greater number of movers and shakers in D.C. for the next-to-last day of mediation.

Per usual, though, that doesn't necessarily mean much for those seeking optimistic news out of the mediated talks.

Per Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal, Jeff Pash, the VP of Labor for the NFL, told the media it was possible for the two sides to "stop the clock" on the expiring CBA and elect to extend the deadline for negotiations.

Pash also reiterated the league's statement that Tuesday's decision from Judge Doty doesn't affect their plans for spending at all (even though that's fairly difficult to believe, if only because $4 billion is a lot of money and taking it in or out of a budget typically makes a difference for anyone.)

But the end source for optimism for anyone rooting for no lockout is an extension of the CBA past the 11:59 deadline on Thursday night. And even that seems like too much to hope for right now.

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Posted on: March 1, 2011 6:23 pm
 

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

C. Palmer wants out of Cincinnati quite badly, it appears (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It sounds like Bengals QB Carson Palmer is adamant about not returning to Cincinnati to play football. As in really, really adamant.

According to my buddy, Dennis Janson of WCPO, Palmer told a confidant that “I will never set foot in Paul Brown Stadium again. … I have $80 million in the bank. I don't have to play football for money. I'll play it for the love of the game but that would have to be elsewhere. I'm prepared to live my life."

So, that sounds like he’s serious, and he makes a good point. He has tons and tons of money – in 2005, he signed a six-year extension worth about $118 million – and after starting at QB for the Bengals for seven seasons, he’s probably determined that he just doesn’t need the aggravation anymore.

That’s not to say he wants to retire if he can play for another team. For a squad like the Cardinals – who brought us the trio of Derek Anderson, John Skelton and Max Hall last season – Palmer could be a useful player.

Normally, owner Mike Brown has a habit of saying, “Screw you,” (but in a nicer way) to players who demand things, like trades, to him. Chad Ochocinco knows what I’m talking about. But apparently, the Bengals think Palmer is serious.

And they’ll most likely want to get some kind of return on their investment, so they might very well listen to trade offers for Palmer.

By the way, I assume if Palmer is playing for another team that has to play a road game in Cincinnati, he will actually show up at Paul Brown Stadium on gameday. But, if he can get that written into a new contract, maybe not.

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Posted on: January 25, 2011 10:30 am
 

Boomer could give Palmer some lessons

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

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.


Writes Hobson:

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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