October 31, 2014

Then There Were None

The Bengals announced today the release of 5 players, headlined by backup quarterback Jordan Palmer. Palmer was a 6th round draft selection by the Washington Redskins in the 2007 draft out of UTEP.

From our visit at training camp in Georgetown on August 4th, it was clear that Palmer’s time with the club was in jeopardy. This was the first practice that new Free Agents could participate in as we watched Andy Dalton, and new signee Bruce Gradkowski get 95% of the snaps that evening in practice.

Though one of the vocal leaders during the offseason lockout, Palmer was one of the offensive players to gather the team for their “team workouts”. I believe that he did this to separate himself from his brother, who as we all know has walked away from his NFL career.

One could argue that the ONLY reason Jordan was on this team in the first place was because of his name. Palmer’s performances, whether it be in practice, preseason games, or when the Bengals are surprisingly fortunate to bring a QB in for mop up duty, hardly ever warranted him getting a roster spot. I don’t think he would have been on any other roster in the NFL for the past 3 seasons, and for that, Jordan should be thanking Carson nightly for getting him a paycheck.

The writing has been on the wall for Jordan since January’s CP trade demands. The fact the Bengals even offered him a contract when the lockout ended as a Restricted Free Agent was just as shocking.

The Bengals also released today S Tom Nelson who made the team as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and played in 20 games with three starts. CB LeRoy Vann, LB Stephen Franklin and WR Jamere Holland were also waived.

The Bengals also released CB Fred Bennett who had a very poor 3 preseason games for the Bengals.