It was January when Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer told the team that he wanted to be traded or he would retire from the NFL.
The Bengals have refused to trade their franchise quarterback, claiming that they would not let him go back on his obligations. They said he signed the contract, and he needed to do what he signed up to do.
In recent reports, it was released that Palmer had met with Bengals owner Mike Brown in late July prior to training camp. The Bengals have continued to hold strong against the demands of Palmer, and have prepared themselves for this season expecting Palmer to hold true to his threats as well.
On April 29th the Bengals selected Andy Dalton in the second round of the NFL Draft. In free agency the team signed Bruce Gradkowski to be a mentor for the young rookie quarterback. Carson’s younger brother Jordan Palmer was last year’s second string quarterback.
Jordan Palmer had been quiet about the issue of his brother demanding a trade. The only thing that he asked of the team was that they give him a fair opportunity to be the starting quarterback. They gave him a deal at the beginning of camp, but it was announced early on in camp that Andy Dalton would become the Bengals starter.
I was never a fan of the younger Palmer, and thought he was all of Carson’s bad and none of his good. The Bengals did tell them he would have an opportunity to start though, and he only seen playing time in one preseason game. For a team so big on keeping promises, they didn’t really hold to their word with Jordan Palmer.
That being said the Bengals should have traded Carson Palmer earlier in free agency. They could have perhaps got a better backup quarterback than Gradkowski, and gave Dalton a chance to develop into the starter.
Now they’re about to start the season, and talks about Palmer returning to Cincinnati have been circulating from the front offices of the organization. Palmer never officially retired from the NFL, and if he reports to Cincinnati the team will have to pay him the salary of $11.5 million.
If Palmer does indeed do this, it may force Mike Brown to agree to trade him and end the stalemate at hand.
There has been a difference of opinion about the issue, but as this week approaches all we can do is stay tuned for the on-going dispute between the organization and the quarterback. I highly doubt that Palmer will wait out his four years to return to the game of football, and if he does who would want him?
All the blame continues to be put upon the worst owner in sports, Mike Brown. If he was smart he would put his pride to the side and do everyone a favor and trade Palmer. I wouldn’t blame anyone for wanting to leave an organization that is so poorly run, and I hope Palmer does make a trip to Cincinnati to see what happens.