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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: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: July 16, 2011 2:29 am

Carson Palmer 'laying low,' no word on future

Palmer never sholud have signed that contract. I would be totally behind Palmer except for that. I wouldn't want to play in Cincy either. So now, retire or play.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 16, 2011 12:01 am

Carson Palmer 'laying low,' no word on future

I pray to God they let Carson Palmer rot at home.   When the Bengals offered him a 6 year extension with 3 years left on his last deal back in I believe 2005 he gladly signed that deal.  He accepted the instant 15 million dollar signing bonus and a roster bonus of 9 million dollars as late as last season in addition of course to his hefty salary.  Yet he suddenly refuses to play football in Cinci?   Let him rot Brown.... don't let him bully you into trading him anywhere... there are 3 years left in Palmer's deal... he can honor the contract he signed or retire, his choice.   It wouldn't be so bad if Palmer agrees to play football this year for Cinci and privately ASKS Brown if he would trade him if he has a great season.   That might work for everybody.... but for Palmer to demand being traded immediately is ridiculous.  If Cinci listens they'll get ripped off because nobody will pay fair market value knowing Cinci doesn't have any bargaining power....

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:22 pm

Carson Palmer 'laying low,' no word on future

Mike Brown should not have a football team.  He clearly is not competent.  I can not blame Palmer one bit, and I believe his threat.  I don't think anybody wants to play for that joke of a franchise outside of TO (and that's because nobody else will sign him).

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