The news that Carson Palmer had been traded to the Raiders filtered into the Cincinnati locker room Tuesday morning, producing a variety of reactions from players. Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Joe Reedy spoke with a number of Bengals. Here is a sampling of their quotes. The complete article is available on his Bengals blog.
LT Andrew Whitworth
I think guys respect him. You realize that he didnt want to be here and he didnt believe in this place and you go forward. You still respect him as a friend and the years we put in together, but you realize that he just made a choice he felt was best for him and his family.
QB Andy Dalton
I really dont know much about the whole situation. It hasnt been anything that weve focused on. Weve just tried to take care of our business and I think weve done a good job of that.
LB Rey Maualuga
Im just glad that both sides got something worked out and he gets to play football again and be happy in California and Oakland got a good quarterback in Carson. Both sides are happy I am just glad he gets to move on with his life.
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LB Thomas Howard
I just heard as I was coming in from the walk-through that he was going to Oakland and hes reunited with Hue (Jackson). I think its a good fit for him. I know theyre definitely getting a good quarterback. Hes a friend of mine. I played college ball with his brother so Ive known him for a while. Im happy for him.
RB Cedric Benson
Im sure the waters run a lot deeper with Carson in this organization. From my point of view the run game is coming back, (we have) a new offensive coordinator who likes to be physical. I just thought we could find a lot of success. Like I said the waters may have run deeper with it and (he) was fed up.
RG Bobbie Williams
Kudos to Carson. There aint too much that I can say about it. Just good luck to everybody, to Carson and were just going to continue playing ball here in Cincinnati. I dont know about the details but whatever it is Im pretty sure we got what we wanted, he got what he wanted and well go from there.
WR Andre Caldwell
I know he wanted to be on the West Coast. He wanted to do what was best for him and his family and that was join a different team. I hope for the best for him. Hes a good friend, a good guy so I know hes doing it for the best for him and his family.