Despite all of this, one thing cannot be denied: Palmer was a crucial part of reviving football in Cincinnati and gave the Bengals 7 good years, including two playoff berths, it was becoming clear that Palmer was regressing and his replacement would be needed soon. It didn’t appear that he would get traded for a long time, if ever.
But after Palmer retired, he left Brown with no other option but to trade his long-time franchise QB when the perfect opportunity arose and find a new QB. It’s that Palmer has regressed even further this year with his turnover-prone play, and now instead of worrying about if and when the Bengals would turn to a new QB, they clearly have their franchise QB for years to come, all because Palmer forced them to draft Dalton.
Palmer is still helping out the Bengals tremendously since his Raiders are sitting at 3-8, no thanks to his subpar play, the Bengals will have a high second-round draft pick in 2013.
Thanks for everything Palmer!