Carson Palmer decided he’d had enough of Cincinnati in 2011, informing the Bengals he would no longer play for them, and even put his palatial estate up for sale. Palmer did not back down and even at the start of the 2011 season when Dalton went down in the first game against Cleveland, some fans hoped that Palmer would run onto the field and save the day. This did not happen and on October 18th, 2011, the Oakland Raiders, coached by Hue Jackson, called the Bengals for Palmer, because their starter Jason Campbell was now out for the season. Mike Brown accepted the Raiders offer of a first round pick in 2012 and a conditional 2nd round pick which was a possible 1st rounder in 2013. With that the Carson Palmer story was no longer in Cincinnati.
Fast forward to now. Palmer is on his way out of Oakland well before the Bengals have even used that 2nd pick in the upcoming 2013 draft. The 33-year old Palmer is more than willing to go to Arizona in what he thinks will be a last hoorah at the playoffs. The Bengals are now 2 years removed from the Palmer saga and much richer for it. Mike Brown stuck to his guns and did exactly what he said he would do, only trade Palmer if the right situation came up. Carson Palmer had a good run with the Bengals and was not bad for Oakland; however how he has handled the situations at hand is sketchy at best.