Al Davis would spit in Carson Palmer’s face if he had the chance.
The late Raiders’ owner preached humility and loyalty to Oakland’s personnel for 40 years. But Palmer never got the memo, and on April 2nd he was traded to the Cardinals after rejecting a pay cut (from $13 million to $10 million in 2013). The quarterback joins a list of disgraced names (JaMarcus Russell, Randy Moss, etc.) who gave up on the Silver and Black when times were down.
Quitting is nothing new to Palmer (or Sarah Palin/Bobby Petrino for that matter). The 2003 first overall draft pick walked away from the Bengals organization, retiring in 2011 to protest owner Mike Brown’s frugalness and strategy (re-signing coach Marvin Lewis was the last straw).
In March, Palmer refused to restructure his contract for a third time with the cap-strapped Raiders, possibly due to the team’s bleak short-term prospects, according to reports.
The signal caller’s sympathizers argue he sacrificed enough financially for the team, but they forget his claims in retirement that money wasn’t a factor in suiting up again. (The Raiders may have weighed this notion when they surrendered a first and second round choice for his services).
Same old, same old in Carson Palmer land. The conveyor belt churning excuses never stops.
Palmer still throws one of the sexiest spirals in the NFL, but he can’t score points for being pretty.
The former Heisman Trophy winner has accumulated the numbers to be a top-flight NFL quarterback, including 29,465 passing yards, 196 total touchdowns (versus 130 interceptions), and a 62.5% completion percentage. But he lacks in one category: his 54-69 record as a starter.
Palmer is 0-2 in the playoffs.
Palmer’s failure to consistently win is commonly blamed on his injuries and teammates. He’s suffered serious knee and elbow issues, and his locker rooms have contained several toxic personalities (see: 2006 Bengals roster).
Nonetheless, Palmer (physically) fully recovered from his ailments, which can’t explain his deterioration in throwing efficiency. It’s apparent more than ever the veteran failed as a leader to put a stop to all the Bengals’ tomfoolery.
His selfish offseason actions suggest if anything, Palmer yearns to win, but successful mentors have been sparse in his development, his best teacher being Jon Kitna. Now the 33-year-old seeks a shortcut, because perhaps he doesn’t know a better way.
Arizona seeks to unleash Palmer’s vast potential (see a trend here?) by pairing him with offensive-minded coach Bruce Arians and lethal weapons Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Roberts. Ignoring Chad Johnson, Terrell Owens, Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey, what could possibly go wrong?
More than what 10 fingers and 10 toes can reveal. Unless third time is the answer, this will be the continued storyline of Palmer’s mega hyped NFL career.