Carson Palmer has very different advice for Texans' Deshaun Watson, Cowboys' Dak Prescott

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer has been making some media rounds this week and he shared some advice with a pair of current star quarterbacks in the process.

His advice for the two was very different.

Earlier this week, Palmer told The Rich Eisen Show that Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has "gotta stick to (his) guns."

Palmer was in a situation similar to Watson with the Cincinnati Bengals during his career before being traded to the Oakland Raiders. He retired rather than continuing to play for the Bengals, before being traded to the Raiders.

The Raiders later traded Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals, where he concluded his NFL career.

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"You just gotta stick to your guns," Palmer told Rich Eisen. "If you're in it to get out and he has realized that he's got to get out of there and it's not a winning combination with his skillset and the way he leads that team to get to a Super Bowl then you gotta stick to your guns. And if you said you're demanding a trade, you can't then go back and renegotiate how it can work out. You gotta stick to your guns. I hope that he's got a destination in mind because at the end of the day he's not a free agent. He's asking to be traded so whoever has the biggest price tag as far as draft capital to give the Texans is where he's gonna go. On one side of it you gotta stick to your guns, but you also gotta be careful for what you wish for because Houston's not a bottom tier organization in my opinion. There could be worse situations to go into."

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Palmer's advice for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was different.

The former No. 1 overall pick out of USC seemed to essentially say that he thinks Prescott should be paid less money as the quarterback of the Cowboys because of the endorsements and other financial benefits that come with being the QB in Dallas, a take very different than "sticking to your guns."

Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott greets Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer after the Cowboys defeated the Cardianls 28-17 during Monday Night Football on Sep. 25, 2017 in Glendale, Ariz.

"I love Dak's game. I think he's great. I think he shouldn't shoot for the moon," Palmer told Shan & RJ on 105.3 FM in Dallas. "Being the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, there's a lot that comes with that financially. So, you don't have to be the top-paid quarterback in the league. You can make as much as the top-paid quarterback in the league when you're the Dallas Cowboys quarterback if you do take less. Because - if you win in Dallas - look at today's television networks. You've got Troy Aikman (FOX analyst), Jason Witten (former Monday Night Football analyst) and Tony Romo (CBS analyst) all on nationally televised games. Partially, because of their playing careers, but a majority of that is because they played for the Dallas Cowboys. They are a household name. You've seen Dak on tons of commercials and endorsements. You can make that same top-tier money if you're Dak and you take a little bit less, and you keep all the players around you within the salary cap structure."

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Some blasted Carson Palmer's take on Dak Prescott:

The Big Lead's Liam McKeone explained why he thought the quarterback's advice was 'insane."

He wrote: "Palmer's points about the opportunities afforded to former Cowboys players in both the media and endorsement world are certainly legitimate. So is his argument about the flexibility it would offer the Cowboys in terms of the cap situation. But Prescott doesn't owe his team any favors, nor would taking a lesser salary make a big difference in terms of roster construction. The Cowboys already have a few monster contracts on the books that all but eliminate their personnel flexibility. La'el Collins, Jaylon Smith, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, and DeMarcus Lawrence all signed deals worth north of $50 million.

"Prescott would have to accept making, say, $20 million a year instead of $40 million in order to grant Dallas significantly more freedom under the cap than they would otherwise. And that kind of discount is ridiculous. There's a reason Tom Brady is an outlier when it comes to signing deals below market value. No other player had the kind of security he had, in both the financial and roster sense of things,'' he added.

"Prescott should recognize how quickly things can change after one play eliminated his entire season. Prescott should and probably will get his money. While I understand Palmer's thought process, it's insane to suggest Prescott give his team, quite literally the most valuable sports franchise in the whole world, a discount because it'll lead to broadcast opportunities and endorsements 15 years down the road. Nobody suggests any other top-flight quarterback should do that for their team. Why should Dak?"

Former NFL tight end Martellus Bennett shared his thoughts on Palmer's take, which he called "stupid," on Twitter.

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