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Report: Carson Palmer, Bengals met in late July

Posted on: September 1, 2011 7:02 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After Andy Dalton had a terrible first preseason game for the Bengals -- you might remember that Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden had a great back-handed compliment, saying “it wasn’t a total debacle” -- you had to wonder if the Bengals would put in a call to Carson Palmer.

The Carson Palmer Saga
But then Dalton redeemed himself a bit by playing better in a subsequent exhibition, and though it’s still clear that the Bengals offense will probably struggle this year, Bengals fans went back to hating Palmer for leaving the team.

But apparently the Bengals HAVE been talking to Palmer, as ESPN’s Bob Holtzman, via Rotoworld, reports Palmer traveled to Cincinnati in late July to talk with the team about possibly returning.

It’s interesting news considering owner Mike Brown said this in July: "I'm not expecting him to be back. Carson signed a contract, he made a commitment. He gave us his word. We relied on his word and his commitment. We expected him to perform here. If he is going to walk away from his commitment we aren’t going to reward him for doing it."

I still don’t think we’ll see Palmer on the field with the Bengals, but it’s fascinating that the possibility still exists. Or did as late as July.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Report: Carson Palmer, Bengals met in late July

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Since: Apr 15, 2010
Posted on: September 2, 2011 10:46 am

Report: Carson Palmer, Bengals met in late July

Brown should come down off his pedestal and trade him at least get something for him instead of being an ignorant dumbass. Sorry Bengal fans I feel for ya

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2011 10:07 am

Report: Carson Palmer, Bengals met in late July

Owens and Ocho is not the reason they lost last season.  The Bengals are like the Lions, they're good 1 year out of every 10.  No reason for a team to consistently be top 10 drafting ever year and not be able to get impact players...bad ownership, management and coaching.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 7:35 am

Report: Carson Palmer, Bengals met in late July

Carson want to play on a football team, not be part of a traveling circus show. Ochocinco was a joke and then they went out and got Owens to add to the circus. You win football games with a team atmosphere, not a me first and look how I styled after making that touchdown. Oh by the way I  have to put on tails and pretend I am making a cell telephone call.

Owens and Ochocinco have all the talent in the world to be the greatest at their position, Owens has put himself in a position that he should be a lock on the Football Hall of Fame. It is his cancer in the locker room that cause the team to be divided thus the possibility of a championship on any team he play on is minimum.
I think if management some how assured Carson that they would put a representative team on the field, he would return. The team would have as it’s primary goal is to win football games and not act like the kings idiot.

I think he got fed up with the antics and being the laughing stock of the NFL.

Things will never go back to just playing football. It appears as if the NFL would become an extension of the WWE.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 12:23 am

Report: Carson Palmer, Bengals met in late July

Some bloggers on here are ignorant beyond belief.   Saying the Bengals have NO practice facility.  

Before you go spouting off your absurd opinions TRY checking some facts next time.  It would be appreciated. 

YES the Bengals have an OUTDOOR practice facility, which is right next to Paul Brown stadium.  Many people want an indoor practice facility or a bubble put on the existing one.  Yes, some days it gets cold --- just like it does on Sundays.    

The New England Patriots do not have an indoor practice facility either, for what it is worth.    

As far as Carson (pick-6) Palmer --- good riddance, lord knows how many games he cost them last year.  He took his $60 million then quit.       

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2011 12:13 am

Report: Carson Palmer, Bengals met in late July

If Carson Palmer and the Cincinnati Bengals are still communicating, this surprises me not in the least. Despite the very-public differences between the two camps, and despite CBS Sports' own Clark Judge having just finished , it is obvious that the bengals would be far better off brining back Palmer than throwing a rookie quarterback in the fire that is the NFL. And despite Palmer's very clear and consistent statements that he would rather retire than play another down for Cincinnati, he is not going to hang up on his former employers. So yes, this is not surprising.

What WOULD be surprising is if Palmer actually returned to the Bengals after the uncompromising statements he has made. I don't know what went wrong, but it is very clear that Palmer feels that the situation is so badly broken that he would rather walk away from millions of dollars than play for this organization anymore. Palmer does not have a reputation as a diva as far as I am aware until this incident occurred and he certainly went through some tough years when the team was not very good. On the other hand, Mike Brown is not a guy who believeing in catering to players at all, and he looks on this whole situation as a breach of contract and an attempted strong-arming by Palmer.  So he is unlikely to budge either, regardless of how bad the Bengals may perform on the field.

So while it makes perfect sense that the two sides might be in communication, it will require either Palmer or Brown to back down off some pretty intransigent remarks and neither man has left himself much of an escape route. if one backs down, it will be crow-eating time and I can't see either guy doing it. Compromise is possible, since Palmer may have set certain conditions for his return that we don't know about. In that event, then there is far more of a chance, but would Brown be willing to make changes at the behest of a player? Based on his history, that is highly doubtful. And Palmer is already 31 years old. He does not have a ton of good years left, and that has to weigh with the Bengals as well. I'm not dissing either side - i don't know enough about the sitation to comment on who might be at fault. BUt as fara as this story, it falls under the category of 'wow, players talk to their former teams even when they are in a state of disagreement'. 

Personally, I don't see Palmer returning or Brown asking him to return. The only strange thing is that Palmer has not yet filed retirement papers as far as I am aware. So there is still a chance he might return. But I would opine a snowball has a better chance of suriving in Hades than the Bengals do of getting Carson Palmer under center in 2011-2012.

Since: Nov 15, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 11:44 pm

Report: Carson Palmer, Bengals met in late July

Bengals have a practice facility.  It just happens to be outdoors.

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