Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Cincinnati Bengals: Carson Palmer has retired

Bengals owner Mike Brown isn't playing around. Check out on Joe Reedy's blog.
“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.”
If the Bengals wanted to trade Palmer, here is what they might be able to get. Palmer could only manage to guide the Bengals to four wins last season. He is washed up and has lost any passion he had for football anyway. On his final play as a Bengal, he thought it was third down instead of fourth and threw the ball away to stop the clock.

When he signed the contract, he sure did act like this was his team. He quit on the team that paid him enough money to retire only three years after being drafted. He also quit on his the fans that supported him over the years. Now that he is set for life, he tried to push Mike Brown into trading him.

The Bengals could trade him, of course. However, it won't do much to improve the team. The people that say that Brown should trade him don't talk about what little they could get in return. Taking a low round pick or two isn't worth much.

Palmer was the highest paid player in the NFL. He collected the bulk of the contract and now wants to be traded or he'll retire. Palmer never intended to retire, though. This was the only card he had in his hand and he played it to force Mike Brown's hand. The only way Brown will (and should) trade Palmer is if it helps the Bengals more than it helps Palmer which seems unlikely. If someone was offering two high picks he would be gone but the market value for a washed up, statue-like, quarterback is thin.

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