Carson Palmer sounds like he’s jealous of Joe Burrow’s success with Bengals

Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
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Prior to the 2020 NFL Draft, sometime after the College Football Playoff championship game between LSU Football and Clemson was played, some rumors circulated suggesting that Joe Burrow didn’t want to be drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals.

There wasn’t really any basis for the rumors. Burrow never made any comments about not wanting to play for Cincinnati.

The only source of the rumor that makes sense is former Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, who at one point suggested that Burrow might not want to go to Cincinnati because the franchise wasn’t committed to winning.

After the draft, Burrow told reporters he was “thrilled” to be drafted by the Bengals, officially putting an end to the silly rumor.

Is Carson Palmer jealous of Joe Burrow’s success with the Bengals?

Two years later and Palmer is still trying to create a false narrative about Burrow and the Bengals.

Burrow is fixing to lead the Bengals into Super Bowl LVI against the Los Angeles Rams.

And all Palmer wants to talk about is….Burrow’s future in Cincinnati?

Palmer appeared on NBC’s “Brother From Another Mother” this week and suggested that Burrow might not want to re-sign with Cincinnati when his contract is up.

Here’s the quote (via USA TODAY):

"“I think Joe’s gonna sit back after this game, win or lose and be like ‘man, am I gonna re-sign with this team? Are they willing to do what it takes to continuously build to get back to the next Super Bowl? Next year and the year after that and the year after that? How are they willing to structure salary cap wise to be able to afford me, but to also be able to afford Ja’Marr Chase when he comes up or Tee Higgins or maybe even re-do this offensive line?’”"

I’ve been writing about sports for a long time. And I’ve heard a lot of ridiculous quotes. But this one might rank at the top of the list.

Burrow seems ecstatic to be in Cincy. And clearly the franchise is doing something right — Super Bowl trips don’t have by a fluke.

Cincinnati isn’t going to let Burrow’s contract expire. There will be no “fifth-year option drama”.

The Bengals are going to extend Burrow as soon as they can (after his third season in the NFL). Burrow isn’t going anywhere.

I mean, maybe I can see this conversation happening at the end of the 2022 season. Maybe. And even then I would think Palmer’s comments are foolish.

But to ask this right before Burrow plays in the Super Bowl?

It comes across as Palmer being salty that his time with the Bengals (he spent eight seasons with the team) wasn’t nearly as fruitful as Burrow’s has already been.

And Palmer can’t stand it. He knew before the draft that Burrow was going to be more successful than him in Cincy. And he wanted to prevent it from happening.

Next. Karl Malone has a deal with the Bengals if they win the Super Bowl. dark

Palmer needs to say goodbye to his ego. Burrow is doing with the Bengals what Palmer couldn’t. And it’s because Burrow is a much better quarterback — that’s all there is to it.