Boomer Esiason forged a successful career as quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals, but he doesn't wish that role on any of this year's draft-eligible signal-callers.
Esiason said during a conference call for TXN Sports that the Bengals likely will take Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert with the No. 4 overall pick in next week's draft, suggesting that Carson Palmer's days with the team are done. Palmer has said he will not play for the Bengals and wants to be traded.
"In my estimation, he (Palmer) has absolutely checked out of the Cincinnati hotel," Esiason said, according to the Sporting News Thursday. "He is gone, he is out of there, he does not want to play there anymore. And I can completely sympathize with where he's coming from."
"I have to completely sympathize with Blaine Gabbert if he does get drafted by the Bengals," Esiason said. "I do believe he would make a great fit there, but as Cris and I both know, he is going to have to be a better player than advertised in order to be successful there because of the lack of support."