For the Cincinnati Bengals, the bad keeps getting worse. After a disappointing 2010 season that saw SuperBowl aspirations fizzle into a 4-12 season, the Bengals are now faced with the strong possibility of playing the 2011 season without franchise quarterback Carson Palmer under center. According to statements issued by Palmer’s agent Agent David Dunn, the quarterback has had enough of the Cincy lifestyle and wants to take his talents elsewhere.
"Because of the lack of success that Carson and the Bengals have experienced together, Carson strongly feels that a separation between him and the Bengals would be in the best interest of both parties." Dunn said.
Palmer, who has come under fire in recent seasons for is erratic play and costly interceptions, has expressed his desire to leave to such extremes that he would retire before taking another snap in a Bengals uniform. The once great hope on Cincinnati is fed up with the organization and the losing and hasn’t been shy about saying that since the season ended.
According to WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, Palmer allegedly told a confident that he "will never set foot in Paul Brown Stadium again," and that “I have $80 million in the bank. I don’t have to play football for money. I’ll play it for the love of the game but that would have to be elsewhere. I’m prepared to live my life."
Palmer, the first overall pick in the 2003 draft, has been silent this offseason since demanding a trade. In response to his request, Bengals management issued their own statements back in January.
“We are not trading Carson,” Brown said via the Bengals’ official Twitter account
"He’s key to our plans," Brown told Bengals.com and the Cincinnati Enquirer. "He’s central to us. He was told that. We count on him going forward. He was told we were in no position to trade him. It would not be something we would consider doing. We are not looking for offers."
Despite their denials, the Bengals may entertain offers leading up to the draft and may be able to field reasonable offers as there are many teams that would benefit from an experienced signal caller under center, with San Francisco and Minnesota leading that list. With the number 4 pick in the draft, Cincy is in good shape to pick up a potential franchise quarterback such as Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert.