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Bengals to replace Palmer with Gradkowski

Posted on: July 27, 2011 5:27 pm
 
GradkowskiPosted by Josh Katzowitz

The past few months, we’ve paid quite a bit of attention to QB Carson Palmer and whether Bengals owner Mike Brown would trade him and get something of value for his estranged QB or if he’d let him retire.

Now that Brown has said he’d rather let Palmer rot in California than trade him (he said it a little nicer than that), the Bengals had to turn their attention to finding another veteran QB who can compete with rookie Andy Dalton for the starting spot.

As Rapid Reporter Paul Dehner writes, Cincinnati has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with former Raiders QB Bruce Gradkowski.

The move makes sense on a couple different levels.

1) When Gradkowski played in Tampa Bay, he worked with Jay Gruden, who’s now in charge of the Bengals offense. Their familiarity with each other certainly will help Gradkowski, particularly since Dalton hasn’t gotten any practice time in Gruden’s offense.

2) Gradkowski is a legit starting quarterback, compiling a 6-14 record in 20 starts (a third of those wins came against the Bengals!). Yes, that record is not impressive, but he’s the kind of guy that can provide some veteran leadership to help a young quarterback (you saw that a little bit last year in Oakland with Jason Campbell).

Either way, Gradkowski was so excited, he tweeted the following: “Bengal fans let’s get ready to rock and roll! Can’t wait for this great opportunity!”

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:45 am
 

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Since: Jul 31, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 9:19 pm
 

Bengals to replace Palmer with Gradkowski

You and me both, brother. Mike Brown is a terd. I share your hatred for him. He talks about honoring commitment, yet his lack of commitment to Cincinnati, Bengal fans, Bengal players and to the NFL has made itself blatantly apparent for the last 20 yrs. He's a joke. I hope somehow, someway, this thread finds him. He needs to know that his leadership (poor leadership) has ruined Cincinnati pro football for all its fans.  He's nothing more than an idiotic, undeserving, unqualified rich kid trapped in an old, crusty-assed man's body.  One beautiful day, when that useless piece of ball sack leaves this world, I hope his pops is there to greet him. With belt in hand, he'll beat Mike's spoiled ass to hell where it belongs. From there, a grossly endowed, herpatic satan could stick it to that panty-wasted douchebag in the same way he stuck it to us all these years. And yes, that's how I really feel.

Mike, you have tainted Cincinnati football and botched promising careers for long enough. Now do the world a favor and shoot yourself.




Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 7:43 pm
 

Bengals to replace Palmer with Gradkowski

What sucks about this is the "double standard",  Brown is being stuborn, claiming Palmer signed a contract and he needs to honor it, hence he will not be traded...

Yet how many times do owners not "honor" the contract and simply cut or release a player?????

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days after he said that he cut odom with 2 years left on his contract. Mike Brown is THE worst owner in all sports. I would trade him and a 2nd rounder for Al Davis all day, at least he wants to win



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Bengals to replace Palmer with Gradkowski

What sucks about this is the "double standard",  Brown is being stuborn, claiming Palmer signed a contract and he needs to honor it, hence he will not be traded...

Yet how many times do owners not "honor" the contract and simply cut or release a player????? 



Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Bengals to replace Palmer with Gradkowski

some of those gm's out there might be high, manboobs, but one of the main problems with the bengals is: they don't have one. it's the worst owner in professional sports who believes he can run the show himself. 2 winning seasons in 20 years says otherwise. god i hate him.



Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:25 am
 

Bengals to replace Palmer with Gradkowski

I don't think a contract is always the end of the story, but a lot more would have to happen before a player had serious basis for a lawsuit.

First of all, if Carson Palmer wanted to file an anti-trust suit against the Bengals, he would have to do it on his own dime. He is already independently wealthy and will probably be a billionaire by the time he is 60. He is not going to do it, But if he did want to do it, he would have to wait some period of time to see what the Bengals did. If he refused to take a pay cut to make a trade possible, then it would be on him. The issue of market value.

On the other hand, if the current CBA makes him a free agent after a year, then he almost certainly would have no grounds for action. At best, he might get some limited compensation for the failure of the Bengals to follow the normal practices within the business.

I brough this up not because I think it is going to happen, but because people are not cognizant enough of the existence of anti-trust laws and their possible applications. Many people suffer in their daily lives and their pursuit of their careers because of anti-trust law violations. Own a PC? Sometimes annoyed by the price of software and new operating systems? Ever heard of vertical integration: underlying operating system-graphical user interface-application. If you as a software house with an overwhelming market share intermingle these elements so that others cannot enter the  market, you are violating anti-trust law, in my opinion. Maybe there's a reason why software costs so much.

As far as I am concerned, the whole market for talent of all kinds -- athletic, artistic, literary, intellectual, media -- is an anti-trust swamp. And people are affected. Knew a guy once who did video production. The local cable company produced commercials for the businesses at an artifically low price and made it up on the advertising rates, so that independents could not get into the market. Clearly an anti-trust violation. But how do you do anything about it?



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:18 am
 

Bengals to replace Palmer with Gradkowski

I believe if Cincinnati does not trade Palmer, he has grounds for an anti-trust suit against the team. My argument is that the normal course for the type of business the team is in is to attempt to trade the player. If the Bengals do not attempt to trade him, then they are depriving Palmer of the opportunity to receive market value for his talents.

The fact that there is a contract does not does not relieve the team of making the effort, I would say.

Somebody check in on this topic, other than the "it's a contract-end of story" crowd.
That's a pretty rough argument to make, but not a terrible idea to try it.  Unfortunately no lawyer is going to waste his time researching this and giving you an answer.  I know I won't.




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