In case you’ve been in a cave, Carson Palmer is now an Arizona Cardinal.
He’ll have the most talented receiver in football, Larry Fitzgerald, to throw to.
But he’s still Carson Palmer.
Back in October 2011, when idiot coach Hue Jackson traded a 1st round and 2nd round pick for Palmer, we wrote a post, “Quitting Quitters Quit.” In that post, BSP talked about Palmer’s attitude towards the game. We said something like this:
If you quit on your teammates, you’re a quitter. If you come out and say you have $80 million in the bank and never have to play again, you’re a quitter. If you’re ok to sign a long term deal, then you say you quit, you’re a quitter.
The Raiders asked Palmer to take a cut from $13M to $10M for the upcoming season. Palmer balked and refused. The Raiders went with Plan B and traded for untested veteran Matt Flynn. They were able to salvage a 6th rounder and a conditional 7th rounder next year for Palmer. Meanwhile Palmer took a pay cut to go to Arizona; he gets $8M next season.
Let’s look at the trade I just mentioned:
Palmer came to Oakland for a 1st rounder in 2012 and a 2nd rounder in 2013. In three weeks, Cincinnati will select a player with a pick traded for a player who is no longer on the roster of the Raiders. The Raiders also traded a 5th rounder for a player to replace Palmer. So in essence, the Raiders dealt a 1st, a 2nd and 5th for Matt Flynn and a 6th rounder.
Palmer was 8-16 with the Raiders over the last season and a half. In contrast, the much maligned JaMarcus Russell, the biggest bust in the history of the sport was 7-18 as the starter…and he only cost the Raiders one first rounder. The first pick overall, but still only one player. Russell only cost the Raiders big money…Palmer cost them more players and money. Hue Jackson said the Palmer trade was the greatest trade in the history of football. Yep…for the Bengals!
Reggie McKenzie forced Palmer’s hand with the request to take the pay cut. If he never did it, Palmer would still be on the roster. Then again, he’d have to take a beating next year and McKenzie probably saved him that trouble. Of course, going to the Cardinals means Palmer starts off with a 1-5 divisional record. Going to need a lot of success outside the division to even sniff the playoffs.