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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: 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.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 11:29 am

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

There are a couple of spins that can be applied to this.  First, it used to be that players went to Seattle to watch their career die, but I think Cincinnati is somewhere near death's door too.
Palmer has been there for a long time, played for the same coach and same system for a number of years.  For the naysayers, who point out his performance the last two seasons, blaming Plamer soley for this, I think they are in denial.  While it may be true that Carson Palmer lost something because of that knee injury, and he may in fact be on the decline, I don't think all the blame necessarily should ride with him.
How about we take a look at the coaching staff while we're at it, at the offensive ( and I almost typed that in caps, because it is OFFENSIVE) philosophy.  After management couldn't prevent letting T.J. go to Seattle, Palmer's numbers have dipped.  In an offense that has been VERY predictable, due to an invisible running game, even a QB the likes of Manning had a down season.
I appears that Palmer has been very smart with his earnings, and if he is indeed prepared to simply walk away, then more power to him.  He certainly has paid his dues in that uniform.  He certainly isn't "over the hill" as far as age goes, but between that awful injury and what has to be a draining and uninspiring regime in Cincinnati, maybe a change of scenery would be good for him.  Only time will tell, and it's unfortunate that it has come to this, when so many other organizations have made the coaching changes that have led to more success on the field. 
One has to wonder, what does that head coach have on the owner that has kept him from being fired?

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2011 11:27 am

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

Guys, it's not just that he wants out of Cincinnati, he want's to be on west coast. He's been whining about the midwest since he got there. Another pampered west coast athlete who can't handle cold or different mind set. Good riddance.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 11:25 am

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

 - he didn't say he no longer cares. He said he does not need the money and will only play for the love of the game. And playing seven years for the Bengals will break just about anyone's will. He wants out.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 11:23 am

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

What about the Vikings? Their QB situation as as bad if not worse than the Cardinals or 49ers.  Well, maybe not as bad as the Cardinals.  But still, Tavaris Jackson is not going to lead the Vikings deep into the playoffs.  I'm not saying Carson Palmer is amazing, but let's face it, the situation in Cincy sucked.  He had little to no running game most of the time he was there, a terrible O-line, a below average defense (I think they were good one season while he was there).  A terrible fan base (sorry guys, but your fans are some of the most fairweather I have seen).

I would also assume the Vikings would be the most attractive offer for Carson Palmer if they indeed are interested in him.  They provide the best RB in the NFL, a great young group of receivers, an above average offensive line, and a pretty good defense that has the potential to be one of the best in the league.  I would think the Vikings would be interested and so would Palmer.  But who knows.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 11:18 am

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

Don't blame CP for wanting out of that nightmare one bit (doesnt anyone else see that Lewis is a horrible HC and those owners are among the worst in the NFL?!), and he's doing it the right way. He's closing out his long deal signed back in 2005, and now he can move on to someplace new.
My question for everyone is: Where would he be a good fit, and a likely landing spot?  Here are my top 5:
5)  Washington Redskins.  McNabb is on the outs and CP is far better than the scrubs in his wake (no matter what Shanahahanana and son say). Plus you know Snyder likes to spend money getting big names.
4)  Detroit Lions.  I know they have a potential star there now, but Stafford has been injury plagued and can you imagine what CP to Megatron might look like?
3)  Arizona Cardinals.  Not sure they are contenders anymore, but if he can do what Warner did, he'd make them much better.  Playing in that Dvision will also make anyone look good and help pad his stats if he has any Canton asperations.
2)  Oakland Raiders.  Maybe wishful thinking on my part, but he would instantly bolster that offense.  Oaktown D has been solid the last few years and they may have turned the corner on getting some run stopping, and the offense has a very solid running attack.  Maybe Palmer could make that nameless WR group produce (ala Favre and the MIN WRs two years ago).  The team finished .500 last year and may be reclaiming the division as the other teams wallow in ineptitude, and maybe that can get them to the playoffs and beyond.  Not sure he wants to take all the hits he'll inevitably collect, but could be a good fit.
1)  M I N N E S O T A.  Speaking of Favre in 2009... Could there be a better fit than this?  CP gets a team with genuine SB potential, a fantastic RB compliment, solid WR corp (when healthy) and good DT.  Plus he gets to play inside.  Cozy and with a chance to get a ring before retiring to Padagonia...

I'm taking Carolina, Tennessee and Buffalo off this list since WHY WOULD CP EXCHANGE ONE NIGHTMARE FOR ANOTHER?!

Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 11:18 am

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

I can't blame you Carson.  This is one of the poorest run franchises out there and they have done next to nothing to support their star QB over the years. 

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2011 11:13 am

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

Palmer hasnt even been an average QB the last few seasons, just straight out horrible... The Bengals won their division 2 yrs ago in spite of him, and now he wants to force his way out of Cincinnati? Don't let the door hit ya on the way out..

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2011 10:58 am

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

Can't blame him one bit.  The Bungals are a freaking garbage dump of an organization.  A complete joke and pulled off something this past year which is hard to do.. be worse than the browns.    Who would want to play for them is the question?   They are cursed.

Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2011 10:56 am

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

Palmer will make a team happy. If he goes to Arizona or San Fran i believe he can become the reliable QB he lost  the last 2 years. 

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