It appears that Carson Palmer’s threats aren’t so empty anymore, and that the Bengals QB is fully prepared to retire from the NFL rather than play for Cincinnati again. Palmer has already listed his Cinci-area home on the market, and recent reports indicate that he has $80 million in the bank and would have no problem walking away from the game.Until recently, Cincinnati had largely ignored Palmer’s trade demands and seemed hopeful that he changed his mind.
And that’s the part we don’t understand. Why would the Bengals want to hang onto Palmer, an interception machine that is wildly overpaid, has major injury concerns, and has never led the team to consecutive winning seasons?
Cincinnati should relish the chance to start fresh at QB and to distance itself from the Palmer era.
The team might be concerned that it won’t be able to get a decent return for Palmer, but really, the chance to clear his lofty salary should be reward enough. And if the Bengals are truly annoyed by his attitude, they should simply let him retire so they’d be off the hook for his contract. Then, if Palmer really wants to switch teams, he can pull a Brett Favre and come back on his terms.
Letting the Palmer of five years ago leave town would be a franchise-crippling move, but after a string of injuries, Palmer isn’t the same guy.
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