There’s a party going on right here. A celebration, to last throughout the years.
So bring your good times, and your laughter too. We’re gonna celebrate your party with you.
Yes, Kool & The Gang’s Celebration bests describes how Cincinnati Bengals fans feel right now. Just when it looked like the team would never get anything for disgruntled quarterback Carson Palmer, the Oakland Raiders made arguably the worst trade in the NFL since the infamous Hershel Walker trade from Dallas-to-Minnesota, which was the informal beginning of the Cowboys’ mini-dynasty of the 1990’s.
The Raiders amazingly gave up a 2012 first-round draft pick and a 2013 second-rounder for Palmer. (The 2013 pick becomes a first-rounder if the Raiders win a playoff game this season, which isn’t going to happen.)
There are rumblings that Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis would have been happy with just getting a second-rounder, period, for Palmer. However, owner Mike Brown’s stubbornness was never going to allow him to give up Palmer for anything less than multiple high draft picks. It appeared that would never happen, but the Raiders overreacted following the loss of Jason Campbell for the season and the Bengals ended up being the benefactors. This might be the only time it ever happens, but Brown’s stubbornness actually ended up helping the Bengals in this case. Instead of jumping at some of the deals for Palmer that were rumored to be out there before the season – such as the Seahawks offering a second-rounder – Brown stood pat and let everything play out. But, let’s be honest: this was more dumb luck than it was a savvy business move on Brown’s part.
Anyway, now Cincinnati will have two first-round picks in the 2012 draft, one second-rounder and likely two third-rounders (due to getting a compensatory pick for losing Johnathan Joseph as a free agent). They will also have an extra sixth-rounder due to the trade of Chad Ochocinco to the New England Patriots.
Then in 2013, the Bengals will at least have two second-rounders, if not a pair of first-rounders.
The future is bright my friends. This was already a roster dripping with budding young stars such as quarterback Andy Dalton, wide receiver A.J. Green, tight end Jermaine Gresham, left tackle Andrew Whitworth, defensive end Carlos Dunlap, defensive end Michael Johnson, defensive tackle Geno Atkins, linebacker Rey Maualuga (who will miss at least one more game with a severely-sprained ankle), linebacker Thomas Howard, cornerback Leon Hall, safety Reggie Nelson, punter Kevin Huber and kicker Mike Nugent.
If the Bengals can augment their current talented roster with a good draft this spring, look out. Even Brown might not be able to mess things up at that point. (Nevermind. Please strike the previous sentence from the record.)