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Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wake-up call: Palmer cheered for Bengals

By Jamison Hensley

Every morning, grab a cup of coffee and get your AFC North wake-up call here:

Carson Palmer declined to reveal why he decided not to report to the Bengals in an interview with The Cincinnati Enquirer, but the former franchise quarterback acknowledged it was a "selfish decision."

Still, that didn't stop Palmer from watching every Bengals game this season and being happy with the Bengals' surprising 4-2 start.

“As much as some might find it hard to believe, I want them to succeed," Palmer told the newspaper. "There are a lot of great guys on that team and there is a young, talented group. They look real good."

Palmer was traded from the Bengals to the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday. When he decided to hold out, he never expected it would take until the NFL trading deadline before a deal would get done.

So why did Palmer choose to sit out instead of playing for Cincinnati?

“It was a number of different things but I spoke my peace with them [the organization]. It was just time,” Palmer said. “I know this was a selfish decision. I had my meeting at the end of last season with [Bengals owner Mike Brown] and said the best thing to do was to move on and rebuild with the young talent and nucleus that they had. I’m glad that he realized that.”

Hensley's slant: Yes, everyone can agree that Palmer was selfish and Brown was stubborn. Let's just thank the Raiders for their generosity to get this deal done so Palmer and the Bengals can move on after a 10-month stalemate. This has to go down as the longest divorce in NFL history.