The odd story of Mike Brown and Carson Palmer ends in more oddity

The saga of Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown and quarterback Carson Palmer was seemingly destined for a bitter end. Thanks to Hue Jackson and the Oakland Raiders, both sides are happy.

WASHINGTON, October 18, 2011—Mike Brown and the Cincinnati Bengals are swindlers.

Brown, the old-fashioned owner of the Bengals and son of the famous Paul Brown, was much maligned for his refusal to trade disgruntled franchise quarterback Carson Palmer this summer, claiming it insensible to “reward” players who want to skip out on their contract.

It was an old-school move that was not met with admiration by the media. Palmer, only 31, was forced to consider retirement.

Whether the scorn Brown received was fair or not, he stuck to his guns. The Bengals drafted TCU quarterback Andy Dalton in the second round of the draft, anointing him with the franchise quarterback crown. Dalton has been surprisingly good and the Bengals are now improbably 4-2.

Today, the good tidings continue for Brown and the Bengals.

The Oakland Raiders lost starting quarterback Jason Campell to a broken collarbone this past weekend, reviving a desire that once burnt in Raiders coach Hue Jackson for the basically retired Carson Palmer when he was wide receivers coach in Cincinnati from 2004 to 2006. But Palmer was still Bengal property.

ESPN broke the news this morning that Jackson and Co. got their man Palmer, for the unbelievable price of two first-round picks. (Update: the 2013 first round pick is conditional; unless Oakland wins a playoff game this year, it will be converted into a second round pick.) Jackson feels strongly that Palmer is their man; since Campell is in the last year of his contract with the Raiders, he will likely move on at the end of the season. The expression goes “putting all your eggs in one basket;” Jackson dropped the whole chicken.

Brown essentially converted dead weight into two marvelous first-round picks, which are like gold in the NFL. Captain Morgan, sign him up. That man’s a pirate.

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