|Carson Palmer/Courtesy: everyjoe.com|
By now, most of you have heard about Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer telling the owner of the team, Mike Brown, "Trade Me". It was reported yesterday. It was confirmed by Brown today. Oh...Brown did add "It's not going to happen"
Read the rest of the story from Bengals beat writer Joe Reedy RIGHT HERE
Really, the whole thing is kinda stupid. At least from a Cincinnati perspective. The Bengals can't trade the guy. They owe him half a gazillion dollars (okay $50 million), for the next three seasons. Who's going to trade for that contract? Plus, with the strike deadline date looming--March 3rd, they would have to do something...quickly. We don't see that happening either.
For his part, Palmer, a pretty low-key guy, has said he'd walk away if he can't escape. And we believe him. He doesn't need this. The fan base, jaded and way more ignorant than they think they are, almost universally want to get rid of him. The team, they aren't going to be good anytime in the near future, they are back to square one rebuilding. There is nobody better on the roster or available in the draft. And there damn sure aren't any "Big Name" free agents that would come play in Cincy. Palmer is a smart guy and he's already made enough money to live comfortably the rest of his life if he so chooses.
As for potential trades that Mike Brown says he won't make....Yeah, there are some teams. No, there are quite a few teams that need a good quarterback. And Palmer, despite what the ass-clowns in Cincinnati think, is still a pretty good quarterback. Having been subjected to quite a few of their games on TV and 1 in person, you'd be amazed at how many times his receivers, Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco killed him this year by not trying to make a play. He could make any of the NFC West teams that don't have Sam Bradford better just by walking in the door.
Anyway, we'll kind of keep an eye out on this, mostly because we are stranded in the same town and there isn't much else to talk about until baseball season here.
Here's some video of Palmer making a play in 2009, one of only 2 good seasons the team has had in the past god knows how many years.