I see where Cincinnati owner Mike Brown reiterated he has no plans to trade disgruntled quarterback Carson Palmer before next week's deadline. Well, of course, he doesn't. He's told us that a thousand times already.
Besides, it makes no sense.
As I've pointed out again and again, if Brown were to trade Palmer he sets a precedent for every unhappy Bengal. Basically, if you don't like the situation, demand to be traded ... and invoke the name of Carson Palmer while you're at it.
I've asked people close to the organization if Brown might relent and agree to deal Palmer a year from now -- figuring that getting something is better than nothing -- and I was told he might. But it would have to be the right deal.
In other words, this is not a fire sale. Brown doesn't want to trade Palmer unless he's offered a deal he can't refuse.
That's basically it, and it's hard to fault the guy. He paid Palmer big bucks, and Palmer took the money and now decides he want to run ... somewhere, anywhere but Cincinnati. But the Bengals first have to agree to trade him, and they will not
If he'd been smart he would have worked behind the scenes and told Brown he'd play another season but wanted out in 2012. But he didn't. Now he's out of football and out of luck. Mike Brown holds all the cards here, and he's not playing.
How many times must Brown say, 'No?'
Posted on: October 14, 2011 3:18 pm