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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: May 24, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 12:46 pm

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

Gee, Carson, I'm trying to think of anytime you have spoken out to make any changes in Begaldom. It never happened, you just kept cashing those checks and playing to mediocrity, even if you were only playing to the level of those around you. I think of all the great QB's who make those around him better. Wish you would have been more like them.  Oh well, water under the bridge, take your money and run...Princess.

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 12:45 pm

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

journey force, the #1 overall pick is never a guarentee, but they do have a great chance of drafting in the top 5 next year, whether they draft a qb this year, trade palmer for mcnabb, whatever, so as long as they are in the top 5, and the #1 overall team isnt looking for a QB, they will at least have a chance to trade up and get him, and i dont believe a mcnabb or jason campbell would stop them from taking luck, but i also believe the bengals have alot more problems then just the one at QB

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2011 12:43 pm

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

Us common people, people who struggle to make ends meet, really don't understand how any professional athlete can be unhappy.  Even the players that make the league minimum can live like kings compared to us.  But, we also don't understand the difficulties and inconveniences of their job and lifestyle.  Not many of us have any idea of what it takes, besides natural-born physical attributes, to become a professional athlete in any sport.  It's not easy.  Some of us fans played youth sports.  And how good were we?  I was good.  I loved playing baseball.  But, I wasn't even good enough to be the best on my high school team, no matter how hard I trained.  I had no hope of playing collegiate ball, no less semi-pro or whatever.  And if you do make it to the next level and the next level and to the NFL, MLB, or NBA what awaits you?  Let's not consider the top-paid players.  Think of the league minimum players or the average paid players.  They face STIFF competition everyday, every week, every month and every season.  They don't know when their career will end because of injury or because they are replaced by a better player.  I know Carson Palmer is not paid the minimum or average salary but he is in the same boat with all players in the life they face in and out of the game.
Professional athletes give up their privacy to a certain extent.  Anything newsworthy in their life is blown way out of proportion.  They spend SO MUCH time away from their families (spouse and children).  I know that it is a sacrifice that they knowingly accept.  But, how many of us would like to be away from our families for a large portion of the year.  It's not always fun to travel.  They have to go through airport security checks, waste time travelling to and from airports, experience jet-lag, disrupted sleep patterns, sleep in a bed that is not theirs (possibly alone, Yell), and eat out (some people prefer a homecooked meal).  The job is stressful, the lifestyle is stressful.  How many athletes experience marital problems/divorce/separation from children, etc.
I am impressed that Carson Palmer has actually been financially responsible.  Apparently he has not wasted his money on houses, cars, women, drugs, gambling, dog-fighting rings, etc.  Yes, the Cincinnati Bengals organization has made him a VERY RICH man but at what cost?  He has given his athletic life for years to the organization, coaches, teammates and fans.  He has taken hits (SERIOUS HITS), endured injuries, trained, played and studied the playbook.  He has been "OWNED" by the Bengals for the years he has played for them.  He is saying that enough is enough.  He is not happy with his life within the organization.  He is not the only one that is not happy.  He is simply stating that he would rather not play for the Bengals any longer.  He has the right and freedom to state this. 
If the Cincinnati Bengals organization has a problem with Carson Palmer and his attitude they should take a moment to think about what they have done to create this situation.  If you think Carson Palmer is a spoiled rich guy what do you think of the owner?  He has the money to pay him and the rest of the team, coaches and organizational staff.

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 12:38 pm

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

there are several teams that should be interested in palmer, and 4 teams that need quarterbacks are all drafting in the top 10 this year (carolina, arizona, san francisco, and tennessee) i can see 2 of these teams drafting QB's (probably newton and gabbert) and the other 2 should be trying to trade for palmer and kolb, but with palmer getting traded, then a 5th team that needs a qb would be in the top 10, cincinnati, i still believe carolina will reach on cam newton, and it is getting more likely that a team like cincinnati will take gabbert at #4 knowing they wont get palmer back, rather than arizona taking gabbert at #5, so arizona, tennessee and san fran should be on the phone trying to get a deal done for either palmer or kolb, i could also see oakland getting involved in trade talks, using jason campbell as trade bait, or washington doing the same with mcnabb, actually mcnabb for palmer might work out for both teams, but i dont see palmer being any more successful in washington than in cincinnati, the skins recievers are very inferior when compared to the recievers palmer has had the past several years in cincinnati, i still think alot of palmers negativity towards the bengals organization has to do with them resigning marvin lewis, this guy has had his chance to succeed and failed miserably, so why they resigned him is beyond me

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 12:28 pm

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

I only read a few comments, but it seems Palmer is being villified in all this.  First, no one has heard from the man himself any of this.  It's all second hand speculation. 

Second, so what if he wants out?  Bengals fans hate the way things are going, so why should they be surprised when the face of the franchise feels the same?  Yes, he has made a ton of money.  This isn't about money.  If it were, he would shut up and play.  Mike Brown is fiercely loyal, if nothing else.  I seriously doubt he would ever cut Palmer.  He didn't want to trade him because they made a deal, and he intended to honor that deal.  Palmer only has one bargaining chip.  Trade me, or I quit.  If an owner can cut ties with any player at any time, then he has the leverage.  This is the only way a player can take the leverage back.

Now, if the Bengals are smart, they will deal Palmer for whatever they can get for him.  Do not draft a QB and do not trade/sign a starting type QB.  Start Jordan Palmer or whoever is currently on the roster.  Tank 2011.  Lose out and you win the lottery.  Andrew Luck, the best pro prospect in a generation will be theirs next year with the No. 1 pick.  I'm sure I'll get killed for this idea, but in all reality, if you're not going to mke the playoffs (and I'm pretty sure the Bengals won't in 2011 regardless), why not go for the lottery ticket?

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2011 12:13 pm

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

I have no problem with a secure player demanding a trade like this. The owners constantly cut players who have contracts and often go to the player and tell them to take a pay cut or they are on the street. Brown is an idiot. He is too cheap to get rid of Lewis cuz he doesn't want to pay two coaches and I think that that was the final straw for Palmer.

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2011 11:59 am

Grow Up

You took the money the gave you with not complaints. You know more money than most high school graduating classes make in a lifetime. Meanwhile, you are as big a problem with the team as anyone else. Too many interceptions and missed passes. This guy misses more wide open guys than just about any QB in the league.

Take a look in the mirror. Improve your game and find some class.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2011 11:55 am

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

He could go out with more class!  After all it is the Bengals who put the 80 million in the bank right???  He can do all this behind closed doors and if they don't trade him retire and that's fine...but he sure is making it sound like the Bengals didn't take care of him and that bothers me a little bit.  Cincy is a circus and I don't blame him for wanting out....but losing favor with me for his handling of this.

How is he suppose to handle it? I get what you are saying and I respect your opinion but he is not doing any interviews.  He will not return texts or emails.  He made it very plain and simple...He wants to play elsewhere or he will retire.  He has given the Bengals all the power to get something for him. 
Another pretty good article... ...So their running back, qb and top two wide receivers all want out? There has to be something wrong in I get that TO is a loose cannon.  I get that Chad Johnson can be a bit mouthy but he seems to work very hard on the field from most things I have read.  I don't know...your starting qb, rb and top two wr all saying pretty much " this sucks and I want out"  Something has to be wrong whether it is the culture, facilities or who knows has to get fixed.

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2011 11:38 am

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

He could go out with more class!  After all it is the Bengals who put the 80 million in the bank right???  He can do all this behind closed doors and if they don't trade him retire and that's fine...but he sure is making it sound like the Bengals didn't take care of him and that bothers me a little bit.  Cincy is a circus and I don't blame him for wanting out....but losing favor with me for his handling of this.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 11:30 am

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

With 80 million, a person could disappear into South Pacific with your family and live like kings. You could have drivers, chefs, trainers, house keepers, you name it. You could do it with 1 million. Nobody would even know who Carson Palmer was unless he told them. He could buy an Island in the philippines and never worry about anything expect to come inside when it is raining for the rest of his life and his kids could do the same. With that kind of money, simple interest could pay for generations of his family.

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