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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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Comments

Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2011 8:08 am
 

No comparison between Palmer and Ocho's demands

Here is why this is different from Ocho's and all the other trade demands. Mike Brown is a fantastic Businessman. He knew he held all the leverage with the other guys he played hardbal with. He knows Palmer has been smart with his money, doesn't need Brown's extra 50 mil, and he can get something good for Palmer. Arizona, San Fran, Carolina, and maybe Seattle would be lucky to get Palmer. If you give Palmer a chance to just play football and not be the ring leader of the circus he will flourish again.

This is where I get worried. Will Mike Brown the businessman be able to get the value he should for Palmer. Get all the picks you can and turn them into another first rounder this year to grab Mallet and a big DL.



Since: Jul 15, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 8:00 am
 

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

Its not that he doesnt like his contract, he does not want to play for the Bengals. Get your facts straight.



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 7:47 am
 

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

Heres the thing though with your contract idea. What if one side just isnt cutting it? Your idea would allow players to just play as lousy as they want to, and owners can abuse it by never having to give "raises" to guys who out-play their contracts. Oh, and please dont give me any "they will get rewarded for what they did in their next contract". Sorry, doesnt happen. Owners dont typically pay players for what they already did. Your idea wont work. It will just lead to laziness. Players need to work hard to deserve their money, and owners need to pay up to receive/keep premium players. Bottom line.



Since: Apr 26, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2011 7:32 am
 

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

This is why football, well the NFL at least, is stupid. When you don't have guaranteed contracts, then anybody can do anything they want. If the owner decides he doesn't like you, he can opt out of your contract without anything happening. Carson Palmer decides he doesn't like his contract, and everybody is up in arms. Doesn't make any sense. Until the NFL and the morons who run the league and the teams figure out a better way of handling contracts, then you are just asking for this kind of thing to happen over and over. Maybe a lockout isn't the worst thing on earth. At least then somebody might come to their senses.

I have a profound idea... Why don't you come up with a CBA that says that if a player signs a contract, and the team signs it, then everyone must make good on it. Wouldn't that be something??!!?!?

Either way, Carson Palmer has no right to back out of a signed contract. Whether or not the team and the owner are clowns, and the league he plays in doesn't know how to run itself, you are still a person and you should honor the things you say and do. You signed a contract, now go play for the team you signed with.



Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2011 7:32 am
 

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

I don't know if he is at best a back-up. There are PLENTY of teams that could benefit from having him on their roster ( Arizona, San Fran, Oakland, Carolina, Minnesota, Washington) A lot of people wouldn't agree with me on this, but if he started for Dallas they would actually have a chance at success. That team is going nowhere with Romo, fast. All I know is that if I'm Carson Palmer, I don't want to play with the bungles, either.



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 6:44 am
 

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

LOL...are you trying to convince Palmer, the writer, or the readers??  He's not going to get too pick where he goes, he's going to have to get traded.  No way he gets released or does a buy out.  Like mentioned in the article the Bengals owner will want to get something out of his $118 million investment.



Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 6:42 am
 

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

Hard to stay and play for a team with management that really is in  it just for the cash flow. No desire to pursue higher goals



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 6:05 am
 

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

That's fine, he can leave/retire or whatever. I have no sympathy for a quitter. From now on, he's Carson Quitter to me. I understand that you want to win. But you don't win by quitting on your team. He's a California Golden Boy who's used to having everything handed to him. As soon as it gets too tough, he doesn't know what else to do but quit. See ya Carson. Thank you for the years that you won the division (2). Hope they trade you to Buffalo or the Raiders.



Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2011 4:31 am
 

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

Palmer to the Niners




Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2011 4:31 am
 

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

Palmer to the Niners


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