The Bengals drafted Carson Palmer with the #1 overall pick in the 2003 draft. After sitting out his rookie year, he took over as the starter and quickly became one of the league’s elite quarterbacks, mentioned among names like Brady and Manning. A major injury, a couple of playoff trips, and one contract later, Palmer requested that he be traded. This set up one of the biggest standoffs in NFL history, with the QB refusing to show up, and owner Mike Brown refusing to give in to demands. The team moved forward by drafting Andy Dalton, who quickly helped fans in Cincinnati forget their former QB. Dalton’s success might also have aided Palmer’s escape when the Oakland Raiders came calling, dangling a first round draft pick and another, conditional, first round pick. On October 18th, 2011, the Carson Palmer era officially came to an end, and he went to Oakland.