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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 14, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 9:41 am

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

$80 million in the bank!  WOW  he has only been paid like $130 million in his career.  Shouldn't he be broke?  OH!  That's right, he's white.

I love Marvin Lewis!  i wish there were 31 MArvin's in the league!

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 9:24 am

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

I love this is a responsible person who has $80mill as opposed to the players who somehow make this type of money and go bankrupt....great to see a responsible athlete tell a team to stick it unless he is traded...LOVE IT!! the guy is obviously done with they proma donas that the bengals constantly bring into the locker....way to go carson palmer....

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2011 9:22 am

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

According to  Mike Brown "a fantastic Businessman!" I would submit BigKatz either needs medication or is off his meds as most every NFL Coach, fan, expert, pundit etc. considers Mike Brown the absolute worst owner in the NFL. I might argue Al Davis has rapidly climbed this list of distinction but most EVERYONE on the planet agrees that Brown is second only to the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA. Carson Palmer is walking and not one person blames him for doing so. However if Brown doesn't get something for him he will rise to the exalted spot of distinction as the SINGLE WORST OWNER in all of Professional Sports!!! 

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2011 9:22 am

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

I totally concur with that assessment.  Palmer would look darn good in Minnesota Purple.  GO VIKES!!!!

Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 9:16 am

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

He played as bad as Matt Hassleback last year. He truly was a bottom teir quarterback. It's funny he has delusions of being viewed as a desired quarterback.

Any team that takes on his contract, let alone gives up picks for him, should be placed in the Al Davis catagory.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 9:14 am

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

Yea it's like the Cutler situation. They have an opportunity to get something for him and they should. He does still have some gas left in the tank and the skills to be successful. Arizona, Minnesota and Buffalo would be great places for him where he will have a chance to be in the playoffs and make an immediate impact. Arizona being the best place with the receiving corp they have for his strong accurate arm.

Besides he doesn't want to get beat up on by the Steelers and Ravens 4 times a year anymore.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 8:43 am

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

It would be in the best interest for Mike Brown to not try to strongarm Palmer and play media games with him concerning trading him.  In situations like this if a player is talking like Carson is talking with the seriousness in which he's doing it then that player has already mentally left the organization.  Palmer's character is non-cancerous, but having him on the roster and keeping him next season will virtually blow up this team.

On a side note, boy oh boy, I'll be willing to bet nobody saw this coming.  With TO, Ocho, and Carson I'm sure the Bengals fans were thinking division championship and contract extensions.

Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 8:42 am

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

I'm a Palmer fan and a Bengals fan.  Can't say I blame him.  Mike Brown is at fault here.  Brown doesn't care about winning, just about money.  Palmer doesn't care about money just winning.  Marvin Lewis said he wouldn't come back unless he got more control of the front office, a covered practice facility, and a few other tidbits, he got none of those and sold out and came back anyway.  At least Palmer is standing up for himself.  Unfortunately the Bengals will make the playoffs about once every 10-15 years until Brown is out of the picture.  It's really sad for Bengals fans, but I couldn't blame anyone for wanting to leave Cincinnati when there is no emphasis on winning.  Mike Browns' philosophy "Win great, lose.......too bad, it's ok as long as we're making money." 

Since: Apr 18, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2011 8:23 am

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

If I was Cincinnati, I would be more than happy to let Palmer go.  If you have been keeping up with Palmer's career he has never been the same since the knee surgery, and only seemed to get worse with the elbow surgery.  I have watch Palmer miss throw after throw to wide open targets.  Unless he play bad purposely the last 2 seasons, then I would be happy he wants to leave.  I may would even talk to the redskins about obtaining McNabb.  I'm sure he can be just as good or better than Palmer.  Just a thought.

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 8:13 am

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

He'd look awful good in purple...

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