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Carson Palmer 'laying low,' no word on future

Posted on: July 15, 2011 5:55 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 7:34 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

We're about to have football for the first time in some four months. And once a new collective bargaining agreement is in place, things will move at a blistering pace, starting with free agency.

For quarterback Carson Palmer that means making a decision on his future even though he's still under contract with the Bengals. He threatened to retire earlier this offseason and hasn't shown signs of changing his mind. The problem: Cincy owner Mike Brown, known as much for his willfulness as his frugality, has no plans to trade Palmer. Which means that the two are at an impasse.

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer spotted Palmer at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course driving range in advance of the American Century Championship celebrity event, and asked him about his current situation with the Bengals.

Palmer had no comment and told Reedy he is "laying low" until the lockout is resolved.

Part of us wonders if the four months away from the NFL grind (which is no doubt exacerbated by playing in Cincy where the circus is in town every day) has softened Palmer's stance on retirement. With the NFL season not yet officially underway there's no reason to announce now that he'll return to the Bengals, but he's just 31 years old. It's not like he's hobbled by injuries or old age, and presumably he's as competitive as he was when Cincinnati selected him first overall in the 2003 draft.

It's hard to imagine that any player in their prime would bench themselves for an entire season; plenty of them say it but very few actually go through with it.

For now, Palmer's in Tahoe participating in a celebrity golf tournament. And while we'll have to wait to see what happens in the coming days and weeks, this much is certain: Dhani Jones, under no circumstances, wants to see Carson's brother Jordan Palmer under center for the Bengals. Even though, you know, there's no guarantee Cincy will re-sign Jones who, according to one list (feel free to guess which one), is one of the ten best linebackers in the NFL.

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Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2011 2:04 pm
 

Carson Palmer 'laying low,' no word on future

He complains about the organization, but you never see him say.  Hey this is what needs to happen or this is what should be done, or Shut up Chad, TJ, TO, or anything else.
How do you know this? Were you in their locker room? I'm not a fan of Palmer or the Bengals but these kind of comments from people about how a player handled leadership situations are always a good laugh.  Most of the time you shouldn't hear what the leaders have to say about their team.  It should be done in the locker room with the team or 1 on 1.

I'd want out of that God-forsaken franchise too.  Brown has no business managing the team anymore, it's clear that he's lost somewhere in the past.  Get what you can out of Palmer and move ON. It's Brown, not Palmers fault the Bengals suck.



Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: July 24, 2011 9:52 pm
 

Carson Palmer 'laying low,' no word on future

This is really simple:  If he was fortunate and invested his money wisely, he isn't going back to the Bengals.  If he has had financial setbacks or pissed it away, he will suit up for the Bengals.  



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: July 23, 2011 11:05 pm
 

Carson Palmer 'laying low,' no word on future

We may not know what the heck to think until the season starts.  If you notice, quarterbacks tend to have a hard time with T.O. in general his whole career.  I dunno if T.O. is slime, but I would agree with the assertation that he is a 10-year-old trapped in a 30-something-year-old-NFL wideout's-body.  Remember when T.O. said in tears, "that's my quarterback?" I dunno what that meant, or what happened as a result, but I do know a thing about people.  What if you a have a fairly fragile psyche trying to corral an even more fragile psyche?  Maybe this situation ended the worst way possible.  Don't laugh, but the Bengals can win a Super Bowl.  They just need to have Carson Palmer back, and get the diva receiver(s) outta there!



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: July 23, 2011 10:22 am
 

Carson Palmer 'laying low,' no word on future

This is typical Carson.  Never steps up and says anything.  He was named team captain, I think by Mike Brown (I love Franchise Quarterbacks).  He never has said anything.  He never took control of the huddle or this team.  He complains about the organization, but you never see him say.  Hey this is what needs to happen or this is what should be done, or Shut up Chad, TJ, TO, or anything else.  Look at Drew Brees, before the game the entire team gets around him and he gets them ready.  Watch the Bengals they get around Dhani Jones or Bobbie Williams.  Guess what Carson keep the low profile in California with your wife and kids.  



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 18, 2011 12:44 am
 

Carson Palmer 'laying low,' no word on future

What the hell are you talking about?  The contract is just if he plays in the NFL he has to play for the Bengals, unless they cut him.  The contract isn't he has to play in the NFL no matter what for those years (and still can be cut whenever).  He can quit the NFL and go play arena league if he wants, and there's nothing the Bengals or the NFL could do (although they just wouldn't have to pay him).

That's fine.  If he wants to play in the arena league or anywhere else he can do that.... not a problem at all.  But according to league rules the team can find and suspend him if they choose to do so.  And the Bengals can hold onto his rights for a lot longer then you think if he doesn't put his time in.

Why are the rabid pro-owner people so retarded?

If you're going to call others retarded then at least educate yourself first.  You insult "pro-owners" but you are clearly pro player, so what makes you so much better then some of the rest of us?   You say a signing bonus is paid as consideration for the waive/cut clause because you are probably one of the stupid people that believe nothing in an NFL contract is guaranteed...  so many fans on these boards believe that but it's not true.  A player and his agent negotiate what percentage of a contract is guaranteed.  Good players almost always have big money guaranteed to them.  If cut, they get paid x dollars regardless of their situation.  If a player wants more guaranteed money then come contract time he can sit out until he gets it.  But once he signs on the dotted line, he should honor his contract and not just collect roster and signing bonuses.  Don't waste your time telling me owners can cut players because they do so with the unions permission and a CBA that allows this to happen.  A player quitting halfway through an extension is not a legal move... he's going against the agreement he signed.  Owners on the other hand have to honor every nickel of guaranteed money in a deal.  

I hope the Bengals let him sit..... They can basically end his career and i hope they do exactly that.  



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 17, 2011 2:43 pm
 

Carson Palmer 'laying low,' no word on future

Serphnx, with that comment, you clearly show how idiotic of a person you are.  A contract is an agreement that is binding to both parties.  why does Palmer not initiate a deal where he will pay back half or more of that signing bonus he received?
What the hell are you talking about?  The contract is just if he plays in the NFL he has to play for the Bengals, unless they cut him.  The contract isn't he has to play in the NFL no matter what for those years (and still can be cut whenever).  He can quit the NFL and go play arena league if he wants, and there's nothing the Bengals or the NFL could do (although they just wouldn't have to pay him).

The signing bonus is paid as consideration for the waive/cut clause of the contract.  The signing bonus is earned as soon as the contract is signed.  It's similar to retaining a lawyer, if you're paying an availability retainer, and then later want to change lawyers or not pursue the case, you don't get that money back. 

Why are the rabid pro-owner people so retarded?  You people are probably the same morons that thought Obama wasn't born in the US and that love big corporations and banks so much.  I'm really trying to understand why the stupidest people always are so rabidly supportive of the biggest enterprises no matter what.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 17, 2011 12:36 am
 

Carson Palmer 'laying low,' no word on future

Carson, stick to your guns. You said you'd never set foot in PBS again. 

But it's ok that Carson Palmer accepted a 9 million dollar roster bonus just last season?  If it's so bad why didn't demand a trade back then?

Screw Palmer.... 



Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: July 16, 2011 6:34 pm
 

Carson Palmer 'laying low,' no word on future

Why should he say anything?  Nothing new has happened.  Mike Brown is the perfect example of what an NFL owner should NOT be.  He's cheap, an awful talent evaluator and doesn't give a damn about the fans.  As for CP, who can blame him for wanting to play for a team commited to winning or at least having a chance? 


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