The Cincinnati Bengals were very direct and to the point earlier today when discussing quarterback Carson Palmer during the NFL’s first post-lockout day of the 2011 season.
Bengals owner Mike Brown stated he has no desire to honor Palmer’s desire to be traded and at this stage considers him retired.
“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.”
Thus, according to Brown and head coach Marvin Lewis, Palmer is a retired NFL quarterback.
At this point, caving into the wishes of a 31-year-old quarterback, whose skills haven’t quite peaked back to 2005 levels isn’t a smart move…unless a team makes it worth Brown’s while.
Now, the ball is in Palmer’s court.
If he retires, the Bengals can begin looking forward to the Andy Dalton regime and no longer have the Palmer albatross hanging around its collective neck.
If Palmer returns to the Bengals, he is not a “man of his word” as Brown suggested but would likely still be the starter.
Thus, he’ll look smaller in the eyes of Bengals fans.
Back in March, word broke that Palmer put his Ohio home up for sale in anticipation of what was to come.
If Palmer’s claims of having “$80 million in the bank” and being prepared to live a life without football are accurate, then his career lasted all of seven seasons.
Any way you slice it, Mike Brown wins.
Well played Mr. Brown.