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Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

Posted on: March 1, 2011 6:23 pm
C. Palmer wants out of Cincinnati quite badly, it appears (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It sounds like Bengals QB Carson Palmer is adamant about not returning to Cincinnati to play football. As in really, really adamant.

According to my buddy, Dennis Janson of WCPO, Palmer told a confidant that “I will never set foot in Paul Brown Stadium again. … I have $80 million in the bank. I don't have to play football for money. I'll play it for the love of the game but that would have to be elsewhere. I'm prepared to live my life."

So, that sounds like he’s serious, and he makes a good point. He has tons and tons of money – in 2005, he signed a six-year extension worth about $118 million – and after starting at QB for the Bengals for seven seasons, he’s probably determined that he just doesn’t need the aggravation anymore.

That’s not to say he wants to retire if he can play for another team. For a squad like the Cardinals – who brought us the trio of Derek Anderson, John Skelton and Max Hall last season – Palmer could be a useful player.

Normally, owner Mike Brown has a habit of saying, “Screw you,” (but in a nicer way) to players who demand things, like trades, to him. Chad Ochocinco knows what I’m talking about. But apparently, the Bengals think Palmer is serious.

And they’ll most likely want to get some kind of return on their investment, so they might very well listen to trade offers for Palmer.

By the way, I assume if Palmer is playing for another team that has to play a road game in Cincinnati, he will actually show up at Paul Brown Stadium on gameday. But, if he can get that written into a new contract, maybe not.

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Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 5:59 pm

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

wow, your intelligence is must be a steely head...go pound sand you loser.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 5:54 pm

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

This is irresponsible reporting.  What confidant spills the beans to a reporter?  I love how everybody wants to knock on Carson but then they say, "oh but we would love to have him on our team".  The truth is, Carson will find that there are stupid and idiotic fans and coaches in every city he might go to.  After all this trash talk going on this year, I think he just may figure out that the very best way to tell all the pundits they don't know crap is to warm up to the thought of a triumphant return to the team....lets face it folks, the team loves Carson and they will get extra motivated this offseason when they know their leader is coming back and with a pretty easy schedule, why not stick it out with Cincy for one more year and get his market value back to where it should be...?

All this speculative reporting is just that, speculative.  And Carson doesn't like speculation!

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 4:59 pm

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

    A great leader would have set those players down (with the coaches aid) and made them toe the line if they wanted the ball at all. They wouldn't run from their responsibilities. Think of Manning, Brady, Brees, Rivers, even Roethlesberger. They are the man, and they don't tolerate shenanigans from their teammates. Hmmm, how about Unitas, Starr, Montana, Elway...can you imagine what Dan Marino would have done with such a wide reciever?

Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 4:54 pm

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

C'mon Eagle, the one instance you point out (the T.O. signing) the Bengals did what the prima donna wanted. So that doesnt really make the argument about the front office not responding to calls for improvement. In fact I think you make my case for me. Palmer got T.O. to the detriment of the team. Sure, Owens had nice stats, but the key players from the division winning team were shunned so T.O. wouldnt upset the apple cart with his whining for the ball. I think Palmer was determined to make sure T.O. didnt have a reason to throw him under the bus. The Bengals would have been far better without Owens. Goodbye Carson, You Wussy.

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2011 3:18 pm

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

I'm not sure where you're hearing "who can blame him", but it's not here in Cincinnati. He's pretty much been villified across the board since making the "I don't wanna play there anymore" announcement. Oh, and he can take Chad with him,... but I've been screaming to get rid of both of them for the last 3 years.

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2011 2:51 pm


Isn't it funny how Chad did this a few years ago and everyone got pissed off and called him a "diva" and "ego-centric?"  Carson does the same thing and we hear, "Well, who can blame him?"  What's going on here? 
Look, the guy clearly doesn't want to play in Cincy, so trade him and get something out of him.  You either do that where you can actually get something from the situation, or do nothing and he retires leaving you with an open roster spot.  Being a Bengals fan for 20 +/- years now, I wouldn't be surprised to see Mike Brown just sit on it and wait for Palmer to quit.  Then we'll sign another Bruce Gradkowski or Derek Anderson-type QB.  <sigh>  Another off-season, another boneheaded move by Bengals management.  Can't wait for September...

Since: Jul 4, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 2:18 pm


As a Bengals fan for over 20 years now, I've seen Esiason, Klingler, Blake, and Palmer try to take them to the champion status...and so far Palmer is the most disappointing QB I've seen.  I knew Klingler and Blake were nothing special as a kid (it only took me the time to look up the value of their playing cards to realize this).  But as for Palmer, he has won games more than the others I had seen...BUT he CHOKES constantly!!!  Get this old man back to Southern Cali where he won't fumble because it's approaching "chilly" outside!  I would much rather have a QB with legs and passing accuracy than one who can throw it, but only if he has the football after the snap...

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2011 2:16 pm

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

Carson Palmer, who won the Heisman at USC, had a great start to his career. It was only after his devastating career-threatening knee injury in the divisional playoff game against the Steelers, that his career took a slight nosedive. In 2005, he led the NFL in completion percentage, throwing 32 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions. The next year, he surpassed 4000 yards and had a QB rating of 94.0. It took him until the middle of the season to get it going after all the rehab in the previous off-season. 2007 was a season to forget with 20 INT's and a losing record. In 2008, he was riddled with injuries including a torn elbow tendon and broken nose. So, despite his injury plagued seasons, he has been an efficient passer when healthy.

The Bengals didn't exactly bring excitement to the fanbase by drafting any playmakers to compliment Palmer's strengths as a passer. Terell Owens was good, but the other receivers, including Ochocinco, let him down by not showing any ability to create seperation. So, I can understand why someone of Palmer's stature can come to the conclusion that he wants a fresh start playing for another NFL team.

As a huge Dolphin's fan, I would be very happy to see Palmer wearing the aqua and orange. How about a 2nd round pick and Chad Henne for him? Henne has lost all of his confidence playing in Miami and maybe he just needs a change of scenery as well. He has the big arm, so why not? I think a 1st round pick would be too pricey, but an exchange of picks might work. Palmer is still under contract until 2014. If the Fins can work out a trade, that will solidify the QB position for the next couple of seasons and give the team a chance to draft and groom the quarteback for the future.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 1:36 pm

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati


Clearly you are not a Bengals fan.  Over the last 20 years, I have developed this wonderful coping mechanism called apathy.  The Bengals have stunk so bad for so much of my lifetime, that it only takes me a game or two to switch into apathy mode.  I quit truly caring about what they do, and look for the light at the end of the tunnel.  In this case, the light is the possibility of getting the No. 1 pick.  This past year, I was actually disappointed to see the Bengals win down the stretch, especially when i thought Luck was coming out.  Now that they have a second chance (and since the Bengals have virtually no hope of making the playoffs), I want them to go for the No. 1 pick.  Unfortunately, something tells me we will have a John Elway/Eli Manning situation on our hands though where the guy refuses to sign with the team that drafts him.

I actually don't mind Lewis.  I think he has gotten a bit of a raw deal.  We may find out this year now that Bratkowski is gone.  I felt like he was the main culprit for the poor offense.

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 1:28 pm

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

journey force,

fair enough, if i was a bengals fan i would want luck as well, but i wouldnt want to sit through a 2-3 win season to get him, but at the same time, you just never know about a guy like jordan palmer, he could shock everyone, and show that he has the testicular fortitude that his brother is obviously lacking, but i get where your coming from, but if your team does get luck, lets hope lewis wont be there to coach him

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