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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Who Dey!

Rumor has it that the Bengals are going to be unloading Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders for one first-round pick in 2012, and either a first- or second-round pick in 2013. Also included in the deal would be Oakland picking up a good chunk of the remainder of Palmer's contract.

I know Mike Brown has a lot of pride and usually works to intentionally screw Cincinnati, but this is a stupidly easy decision to make. Getting rid of a cancer- (ahem) I mean, player, like Palmer is a good think. Andy Dalton is no John Elway, but he's doing well enough so far. The Bengals are leaning on a stalwart defense and Dalton doesn't have to make plays. So current logic says don't screw things up and put Palmer back in a Bengals uniform, because that will only hurt the team.

By getting two very good draft picks in 2012 and 2013, the Bengals will be able to shore up position needs very nicely. I'm sure they'll be able to find some decent players to fill gaps. Cedric Benson isn't getting any younger, and they could also use one of these picks to trade up and get a big name like Quinton Coples, Michael Floyd, Trent Richardson, or any number of DEs from the SEC.

On top of it all, Oakland looks to pick up the bulk of the remainder of Palmer's contract, about $6 million worth. I don't know about anyone else, but it sounds like a no-brainer. You get a clean break with a worn-out, cantankerous player, and you get rewarded by future talent and current money. Mike Brown, don't be a dummy! Do the deal!


Teddy said...

This is just an amazing trade for the Bengals. People are going nuts in Cincy. Do you remember how BAD Palmer was last year? HE looked like he was totally done. He was booed mercilessly at HOME! There are only a handful of starting QBs in the NFL worth 2 1st rounders (or a 1st and 2nd). I don't know what the Raiders were thinking. This could be the foundation for a Bengals dynasty that started with the 2011 draft and builds with the 2012 and 2013 drafts.

ian said...

This is all great until the Bengals draft Akili Smith and Ki-Jana Carter with those two early round picks.