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Bengals terminate contract of Chris Crocker; door open to re-sign later


Chris Crocker (2011 photo by Jeffrey Beall via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Bengals terminated the contract of safety Chris Crocker, making him a free agent.

Crocker, who just turned 32 in March, said that Bengals team president Mike Brown and head coach Marvin Lewis told him why they made the move, but also left the door open for a possible return later.

A graduate of Marshall University, Crocker signed a $10 million, 4-year contract on February 27, 2009. He had one-year left on the deal.

Crocker, who was drafted into the NFL by the Cleveland Browns in the 3rd round in 2003, 84th overall pick, was one of defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer’s captains that helped Cincinnati to two playoff appearances in the past three years.

In 2010, he injured his medial collateral ligament and missed the final half of games in 2010.

He came back at full strength to play every game in 2011.

Crocker has also played for Atlanta and Miami in his NFL career.

His career stats includes, 471 tackles, 13.0 sacks and 10 interceptions.


Info compiled from Cincinnati Bengals, Radio & TV news

Bengals change training camp from Georgetown to Paul Brown Stadium


Toyota Football Stadium at Georgetown College (By FloNight Sydney & Russell Poore via wikipedia commons)

Since the beginning of their existence, the Cincinnati Bengals have trained on college campuses during the preseason.

First it was Wilmington College in Ohio. The money allowed that college to upgrade its football facilities.

Then 15 years ago, the Bengals trained at Georgetown College, about 80 miles south on Interstate 75 not far from Lexington, Kentucky.

That college was able to upgrade its campus and facilities.

But all good things come to an end.

After months of speculation and rumors, the Bengals announced over the weekend that they will holding training camp at Paul Brown Stadium and not at Georgetown College.

The town of Georgetown will miss the Bengals being in town. News reports have it that the economy there generated about $2.5 million from fans staying in hotels and eating in restaurants, buying gas and souvenirs. But in recent years attendance at camp has been down.

Team president Mike Brown said that changes in the NFL’s training camp rules under the new collective bargaining agreement, benefits of training away from Cincinnati had become a moot point.

Under the new rules, two-a-day practices have been eliminated and players get one day off every seven days,

Most practice sessions will be held at the team’s practice fields across the street from Paul Brown Stadium. Other sessions like the practice games and scrimmages will be held in the stadium.

The move might draw fans back to the team.


Info compiled from staff, Cincinnati Bengals , Radio & TV news

Bengals finally unload unhappy Palmer; Raiders offer too good to pass on


Carson Palmer (file photo)

After walking out on the Cincinnati Bengals when the 2010 season ended, Carson Palmer knew after demanding a trade or not play and retire demand that he could never walk back into the locker room and face his teammates. Furthermore, he had resigned himself to the fact that the team would never trade him.

Bengals owner Mike Brown said that he would deal with Palmer in his timetable and not the player and his agent’s. Well, Brown waited 10 months, the lockout, preseason and the first six games of the season to finally dump Palmer which is good for everybody.

Palmer received the message on Tuesday morning that he had been traded to the Oakland Raiders to replace the injured Jason Campbell.

The Raiders gave the Bengals in return, a 2012 first-round pick and a conditional second-rounder in 2012 that can become another first if Oakland makes it to the AFC title game in either of the next two years.

Head coach Hue Jackson knows Palmer well, having coached him at USC and with the Bengals while as an assistant coach.

The Raiders, just like the Bengals are 4-2, became quite desperate for a quarterback after Campbell broke his collarbone in Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns. Campbell had surgery on Monday and will miss at least six weeks, which left the Raiders with erratic Kyle Boller and the unproven Terrelle Pryor.

The Raiders immediately re-worked Palmer’s contract, giving him a $2.5 million guaranteed deal for the rest of the season, $12.5 million with $5 million guaranteed in 2012, $13 million in 2013 and $15 million in 2014.

Mike Brown and the Bengals organization had a tough stance towards trading Palmer who wanted out of the losing organization which has had two winning season in the past 20 years. They did not want to reward Palmer for holding out and for demanding his way.

But the Bengals management knew that the Raiders offer was too good to pass on; Cincinnati fans were upset that Palmer walked out and quit and there were some players who did not want to be identified during the preseason, did not want Palmer to return. Also, the big picture is that rookie quarterback Andy Dalton has played well with the young offensive receivers. So the trade was a no-brainer.

In the end, Palmer gets to play in his homestate of California and the Bengals get two draft choices that can help them build a consistent winner.


Info compiled from NFL, Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders, Radio & TV news

Bengals moving past Palmer; will start rookie Dalton at QB Friday


Andy Dalton (courtesy of TCU athletics)

The Cincinnati Bengals are not waiting around on veteran quarterback Carson Palmer to change his mind about playing this year.

In his place, they will start rookie quarteback Andy Dalton in the preseason opener on Friday night in Detroit.

Head coach Marvin Lewis said on Tuesday at the team’s Georgetown, Kentucky training camp that the second-round pick from Texas Christian University has shown poise and has been exceptional in learning the team’s new offense in training camp.

The last time the Bengals drafted a quarterback was the disgruntled Palmer, who was the first overall pick out of USC. He spent his rookie season learning from veteran Jon Kitna.

Palmer made up his mind after a 4-12 season that he would not return, choosing to retire or be traded. Owner Mike Brown has said he will not listen to Palmer’s demands because he runs the franchise and not the quarterback.

During the off-season, the Bengals havebrought in a new offensive coordinator in Jay Gruden and two new quarterbacks in Dalton and number 2 quarterback Bruce Gradkowski. Carson Palmer’s brother, Jordan, remains the number 3 QB.


Info compiled from Cincinnati Bengals news

Former Cavs coach Brown hired to lead Lakers


Mike Brown (file photo)

The Los Angeles Lakers have found the right man to replace the retiring Phil Jackson.

He is former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown.

According to news reports, Brown will be given a four-year deal worth $18 million.

Brown will become the Lakers 22nd head coach. He’ll be taking over one the NBA’s most-storied franchises who’ve won 16 titles, second to the Boston Celtics.

Brown accomplished everything with the Cavaliers but win the NBA title. He led the team to the 2007 NBA Finals and had a record of 272-138 in five years and became the most successful coach in franchise history. Two of his teams had the league’s overall-best record.

The 2009 NBA Coach of the Year was fired last spring by the Cavaliers after they were surprisingly eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the postseason.


compiled from Radio, TV & basketball news reports

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