Bengals' Mike Brown Explains Carson Palmer Trade

The Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders completed a blockbuster trade that will send Carson Palmer to Oakland in exchange for a 2012 first round pick and a conditional pick in 2013 that could turn into another first rounder. It's a major trade that comes as a surprise to many because Bengals owner Mike Brown had given previous indications that they were unlikely to trade Palmer.

Brown released a statement on his decision to trade Palmer to the Raiders and credited Andy Dalton as one of the reasons it got done.

"Several factors made us believe that trading Carson to Oakland was the best move for the Bengals at this time," said Bengals president Mike Brown. "The principal development has been Andy Dalton, who has shown himself to be one of the best and most exciting young quarterbacks in the NFL. We have a good, young football team, and Andy can be the cornerstone of that team for a long time.

"We also find ourselves rather suddenly in position of being able to receive real value for Carson that can measurably improve our team - which is performing well and is showing real promise for this year and years to come. When this opportunity arose, we felt we could not let it pass, and needed to take a step forward with the football team if we could."

Brown was firm in his stance that they wouldn't trade Palmer but when you combine Andy Dalton playing well enough to lead the Bengals to a 4-2 record, and the Raiders offering up the compensation they did, the Bengals really had no choice but to do the deal.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.