CHANTILLY, VA - MARCH 02: Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown arrives at a hotel fora meeting with NFL owners on March 2, 2011 in Chantilly, Virginia. The NFL owners are meeting in Chantilly to discuss negotiations with the players union about a collective bargaining agreement that expires March 3, at midnight. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Considering that the Cincinnati Bengals were on a bye week, it's rather hard to hand out a weekly game ball when said team is propping their feet on the couch, flipping through the channels and enjoying the good life as a professional football player that's apart of an organization crushing expectations by cruising to a 4-2 record.
This week's Samsung Game Ball of the Week goes to Bengals owner Mike Brown, for trading former Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders, receiving a 2012 first round pick and a 2013 conditional second round pick -- upgraded to a first if the Raiders reach the AFC Championship game this year or next.
While hardened by principled resolve, steadfastly refusing to capitulate a player's demand to leave the Cincinnati Bengals, Brown finally relented by sacrificing his so-called principles for the betterment of the team. Not only do the Bengals have an opportunity to continue building for the future, they've finally close the Carson Palmer saga that should have ended months ago. That being said, applause to the Brown family for getting what they did out of the Oakland Raiders.