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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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Comments

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:25 pm
 

Bengals to replace Palmer with Gradkowski

Its a contract..end of story. If he chose to sue based on what your saying the Bengals could easily counter sue for detrimental conduct (i/e quiting, demanding trade) I'll bet Carsons old digs that a suit never even gets mentioned.
Let me make this easy for you not so bright type, Carson hasnt filed retirement players. Is still under contract. Per the rules of the CBA, he hasnt even missed a game check yet, If he chooses not to show for Tcamp- fines insue, then the regular season, game checks lost- after an indisclosed amount of games (havent seen the new CBA or his actual contract) there's a clause within the contract that nullifies the contract itself and after sitting out for a year, he can become a free agent.
So the Bengals win by taking a huge relief of cap hit for an past prime whiner, and Carson gets a chance to go somewhere else and try to shine. Didnt work for Boomer. Probably wont for Carson. A mediocre QB all in all.
Last thing I promise. Mike Brown would probably trade the man if someone ponied up a 1st. No GM in his right mind will even consider that price AND taking on Carson's bloated contract. Is Brown being stubborn- hell yes. If Im an owner/GM and you dont want to be here, dont let the door hit you on the ass. Brown thinks he sending a message to his current players that he will not tolerate insubordination.  The real message that he's sending is he doesnt give a damn about the players or winning, only keeping the good folk of Cincinnati broke by chrging top5 in league for concessions and parking while having by far the  best stadium deal EVER for an owner and by far the lowest paid front office. He's happy with status quo. As long as idiots keep filling the stands. Problem is.... a whole new batch of idiots graduates every year..



Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:06 am
 

Bengals to replace Palmer with Gradkowski

AS much as I think Mike Brown is just being vindictive in the Palmer situation, I don't believe that Carson has any solid basis for a lawsuit. He had the opportunity to play, albeit for the Bengals, and chose retirement. Mike Brown is not denying Palmer the right to earn a living. Palmer quit his job. Now, maybe Brown has a plan...but being a lifelong Bengals fan tells me he does not. At least we have Bruce Gradkowski. The Bengals could certainly have done worse.



Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 11:36 pm
 

Bengals to replace Palmer with Gradkowski

Bruce Gradkowski proved a potentially capable quarterback in Oakland, overelooked partialy because he did not play for one of the mega-programs in college. The bigger subject as regards NFL player relations is Carson Palmer.

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.



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:05 pm
 

Bengals to replace Palmer with Gradkowski

WOW...Looks like there there will be a few teams with zeros for QB's.  I think this year we will see a serious gap between the top teams and everyone else.  I do find it funny how these teams think a backup is the right direction, are these GM's all high?



Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Bengals to replace Palmer with Gradkowski

He may be a pimadonna but he definately doesn't make Vick look like a mature adult.  Vick is a dog killing disgrace of a human being.  He should never have been allowed back into the league.  Vick should have been hung, drown, and shot in the head.  Just like he did to the dogs that lost.  At least Campbell doesn't break the law.  



Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Bengals to replace Palmer with Gradkowski

Bruce Gradkowski provided veteran leadership for Jason Campbell last season in Oakland? That's impressive considering Campbell has been in the league a year longer than Gradkowski. While Campbell was a rookie for the Washington Redskins in 05, Gradkowski was a senior at Toledo, leading the Rockets to a bowl victory over the UTEP Miners and their quarterback, Jordan Palmer.




Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:28 pm
 

Bengals to replace Palmer with Gradkowski

Bruce Gradkowski provided veteran leadership for ason Campbell last season in Oakland? That's impressive considering Campbell has been in the league a year longer than Gradkowski. While Campbell was a rookie for the Washington Redskins in 05, Gradkowski was a senior at Toledo, leading the Rockets to a bowl victory over the UTEP Miners and their quarterback, Jordan Palmer.




Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Bengals to replace Palmer with Gradkowski

Do the Bungals win a game this year?



Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:04 pm
 

Bengals to replace Palmer with Gradkowski

Good point on Gradkowski and Campbell. Makes me wonder about the accuracy of this article.



Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:03 pm
 

Bengals to replace Palmer with Gradkowski

As much as I hat to admit it, Smith will have Gradkowski injured by the end of preseason.




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