The Palmer family has left Paul Brown Stadium. In an expected move, the Bengals terminated the contract of Jordan Palmer, Carson's younger brother and erstwhile back up quarterback. Safety Tom Nelson, CB Fred Bennett, CB LeRoy Vann, WR Jamere Holland, and LB Stephen Franklin were also trimmed from the roster, getting the number to the necessary 80 players for this week. The Bengals and all other teams will have to be at 53 a week from today.
Palmer was originally taken in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL draft by the Washington Redskins, but was cut. He joined his brother in Cincinnati in 2008. His career in Cincinnati largely consisted of him being inactive as the third string QB. Palmer completed his Bengal career with a 34.4 rating having completed 10 of 15 passes for 59 yards and being intercepted twice. He did not throw a touchdown as a Bengal. With the younger Palmer gone, speculation is that the team has severed all ties with the older Carson who has opted to retire rather than play in Cincinnati
Tom Nelson's departure comes after the Bengals traded for another safety, Taylor Mays. Nelson gained popularity among the fans after being highlighted on HBO's Hard Knocks during the 2009 training camp. An undrafted free agent, he was a hard hitter and a favorite of Marvin Lewis and the coaching staff. He eventually earned a spot on the team and started three games that season, recording 25 tackles and an interception. Injuries followed Nelson, however, and he only managed to play in eight games in 2010. With the Bengals drafting Robert Sands and trading for Mays, the handwriting was on the wall for Nelson. He joins Roy Williams and Chinedum Ndukwe as safeties let go by the the team this year.
The team will take on Indianapolis Thursday in the final preseason game in Cincinnati.
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