Football Players who Played for Bengals and Cardinals

There is a good chance that if you’ve found this page then you’re playing the Immaculate Grid.

That also means that today’s grid has asked for players that have played for both the Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals.

And, it also means that you’re probably stuck on this particular box and you’re looking for a little help. Sound about right so far?

Well, good news, you’re in the right place.

I’ve done some research and have found players who played for both the Bengals and the Cardinals.

Carson Palmer

Carson Palmer played in the National Football League from 2003 to 2017. Selected first overall in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, Palmer enjoyed a successful career highlighted by three Pro Bowl selections.

After seven seasons with the Bengals, Palmer had a brief tenure with the Oakland Raiders before finding renewed success with the Arizona Cardinals. He had one of his best seasons in 2015, leading the Cardinals to the NFC Championship game and setting franchise records with 4,671 passing yards and 35 touchdowns in the season.

When he retired in 2018, Palmer had amassed 46,247 passing yards, 294 touchdowns, and a 62.5% completion percentage over his 15-year career.

*Palmer was previously the most popular pick for this square (Grid 15)

Palmer Key Stats

  • Pro Bowl (Bengals, Cardinals)
  • 3000+ Yard Passing Season (Bengals, Raiders, Cardinals)

Boomer Esiason

Norman Julius “Boomer” Esiason spent the majority of his NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals, where he was selected to four Pro Bowls and won the NFL Most Valuable Player award in 1988. That year, he led the Bengals to Super Bowl XXIII, where they narrowly lost to the San Francisco 49ers.

Esiason also had stints with the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals. Known for his strong arm and ability to read defenses, he retired with over 37,000 passing yards and 247 touchdowns.

Outside of football, Esiason is well-known for his philanthropic efforts, particularly around cystic fibrosis, a disease his son Gunnar was diagnosed with as a child. He established the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which has raised millions of dollars for research and support of those with the disease.

Esiason Key Stats

  • MVP (Bengals)
  • 1st Team All-Pro (Bengals)
  • Pro Bowl (Bengals, Jets)
  • 3000+ Yard Passing Season (Bengals, Jets)

Jeff Blake

Jeff Blake had a 14-year career in the league, spending time with multiple teams. Blake was selected in the 6th round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, but he gained most of his recognition as a Pro Bowl quarterback with the Cincinnati Bengals.

With the Bengals, Blake had his most productive years. In 1995, he was selected to the Pro Bowl after throwing for 3,822 yards and 28 touchdowns. Blake was known for his deep passing ability, consistently ranking among the league’s best in yards per completion.

Throughout his career, Blake also had stints with the Saints, Ravens, Cardinals, Eagles, and Bears. After retiring from professional football, Blake transitioned into coaching and mentoring young quarterbacks, including his son Emory, a former Auburn University quarterback.

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