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Report: Carson Palmer won’t take pay cut to stay in Cincinnati

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The Bengals are going to rebuild this offseason, the only question is how much.

Coach Marvin Lewis appears as good as gone.  Terrell Owens and Cedric Benson are free agents and seem likely to leave.  The team may not pick up the option on Chad Ochocinco’s contract.

Quarterback Carson Palmer is the most important piece to the puzzle.   He’s under contract next year for $11.5 million and acknowledged earlier this week that “anything’s possible” regarding his future.

According to ESPN.com’s James Walker, Palmer is highly unlikely to take a paycut to stay.  Walker writes that decision could be the first step in the Bengals and Palmer parting ways.

We’re not so sure about that.

It would have been very surprising if Palmer was amenable to reducing his deal in the first place.   That doesn’t mean Palmer is going anywhere.   Even if the team is rebuilding, would the Bengals really be willing to start from scratch at quarterback with no other options on the team?   (Unless they think RunPee.com executive Jordan Palmer is ready.)

Palmer has had his struggles this year, but he’s still on pace for nearly 4,000 passing yards.  He’s thrown 21 scores with 18 interceptions.  Perhaps most importantly, he has great taste in websites.

“This is that time of year, and it’s better when it’s happening across the league, when you’re reading stuff on ProFootballTalk.com or different guys are saying different things or things are happening in certain locker rooms,”  Palmer said earlier this week when asked about Terrell Owens’ latest remarks.

He’s right.  The regular season is winding down, but the drama in the NFL is about to get cranked up.

Cincinnati will be at the center of a lot of it.

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63 Responses to “Report: Carson Palmer won’t take pay cut to stay in Cincinnati”
  1. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Dec 18, 2010 5:04 PM

    Geezus, as a ‘Skins fan, I’m sure they’ll sign Palmer to some stupid huge contract…ignoring the fact he’s lost his accuracy and velocity. Great…..

  2. bowens3181 says: Dec 18, 2010 5:07 PM

    If the Panthers are able to win another game and the Bengals are not, they will definitely part ways with Palmer and take Luck. Even if that doesn’t happen I wouldn’t be very surprised to see Ryan Mallett or Cam Newton starting for the Bungles next season, with Palmer sporting a Cardinals or Redskins jersey…

  3. vikadontis98rex says: Dec 18, 2010 5:11 PM

    Carson Palmer, welcome to Minnesota!

  4. gigity says: Dec 18, 2010 5:13 PM

    I love how this site always looks for the downside in every Mcnabb story but looks on the bright side in a story about the horrid Carson Palmer. Stay classy, PFT.

  5. jameswestphal says: Dec 18, 2010 5:13 PM

    Nobody should ever have to sacrifice anything to STAY in Cincinnati. What a waste of a career for Palmer.

  6. coffinberry says: Dec 18, 2010 5:15 PM

    Palmer will be fine – build up that oline and allow Ship and Gresh another year..

  7. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Dec 18, 2010 5:15 PM

    He’s going to have to take a pay cut just to stay in the league, let alone Cincy. He’s always been overrated. Just another journeyman QB who made his big name in college but couldn’t translate his skills to the next level.

  8. simplesimon1 says: Dec 18, 2010 5:17 PM

    Good lord!!! He’s been getting paid?!!!

  9. 8man says: Dec 18, 2010 5:18 PM

    If you are gutting his supporting cast, cut him as well.

    Then lose out and hope Carolina finds a way to win one, assuming that they will be trying……

  10. jdandcoke says: Dec 18, 2010 5:19 PM

    uh, carson is going to be 31 in a week and the team that he led is about to go 2-14.

    a) why would the bengals care if he came back

    b) why would carson want to come back

    looks to me like this is a match made in heaven….the bengals are shot for 2 years at least and dont need an 11 mill qb

    and

    carson is at the point in his career where he really needs to hook up with a team that is a decent qb away from being legit; he is too old to be on a rebuilding team.

    dont know exactly what team that is but im sure there is one out there.

  11. profootballwalk says: Dec 18, 2010 5:22 PM

    Palmer has a 78 QB rating – down with Shaun Hill and Donovan McNabb. And McNabb is now #3 on the depth chart on his own team. Cincinnati could trade down and take Ryan Mallett. Let’s face it, the Bengals are a bad team, and Palmer won’t be improving over the next five years.

  12. bengals2012 says: Dec 18, 2010 5:25 PM

    Once again, Carson Palmer is not the problem in Cincinnati. Carson shouldn’t, nor does he, need to take a pay cut. If we actually had a legitimate NFL offensive line, Carson Palmer would return to the “hierarchy” of the NFL QB’s. Until that time, Carson will look pedestrian. Look at Colt McCoy behind a great offensive line. The dude is an average QB thta plays great because he has time to let plays develop. Because Carson has no time to let plays develop, to go along with an inept running game and pressing a little, he throws balls that seem questionable. I just hope and pray that the Bengals draft an offensive linemen in AT LEAST 2 of the first 3 rounds.

  13. touchdownroddywhite says: Dec 18, 2010 5:26 PM

    Haha. I can see it now. A straight up McNabb/Carson Palmer trade is about to be in the works.

    I just said yesterday Donovan McNabb will be competing for a starting job next offseason, and likely against Jordan Palmer.

    If I get this right, you guys should totally give me a job.

  14. pftisprocensorship says: Dec 18, 2010 5:26 PM

    This website does not allow you to critique its writers. Try to post a comment with the writers name in it… It will not post and worse yet they are cowards about it. Mike Phloryo is an incompetent imbecile whom cannot take criticism. I tried to get an answer from their costumer service regarding this cowardice. Once they found out what I was contacting them about they refused to respond. You would think those whom earn their living through 1st amendment rights would be more interested in protecting and observing them.

  15. cincinnasti says: Dec 18, 2010 5:28 PM

    Palmer isn’t going anywhere

    History tells us that Mike Brown doesn’t have the balls to cut someone like Palmer.. Mike Brown has a man crush on Carson Palmer mark my words like or not Palmer isn’t leaving Cincinnati and we’re not drafting a QB in the first or second round..

  16. thetooloftools says: Dec 18, 2010 5:29 PM

    Cincinnati at the center of drama in the off season?
    Man, I hate to break it T.O. you Gregg, but the only drama in Cincy is the drama queens on the team in the Queen City. Nobody outside of Cinncitucky gives a crap if you moved to L.A. or implode the team and rebuild. Last year was fools gold. Nobody. You have no heritage… ok Paul Brown, Ken Andersen, and a running back who did this little shuffle dance on the sideline after a td. Big YAWN. This team need stripped down and rebuilt and Carson Palmer is not the problem. It starts in the front office and trickles down to the bowls of the beast. Your not a viscous jungle cat… your everyone’s house cat. Now go to your litter box.

  17. jhorton83 says: Dec 18, 2010 5:30 PM

    Anyone that’s watched Palmer play this year realizes he’s been far worse than his statistics indicate. Much of his yards and touchdowns were put up in garbage time when the game was already out of reach, usually due to his crippling interceptions and complete lack of accuracy. Why the hell would they even want him back even if he was willing to take a pay cut?

  18. poodawg says: Dec 18, 2010 5:33 PM

    I forsee Palmer pulling a Kurt Warner sort of deal where he disappears for a year or so, then comes back on another team and looks incredible again.

    I think most of his problem is that he’s fed up with being on the Bungles.

    It’s psychological.

    Once he’s on a team that actually cares about winning, and only sees when you go to the playoffs as a winning season, he’ll be “reborn”.

  19. stevincinci says: Dec 18, 2010 5:42 PM

    He’ll be in stripes at least one more year. Hell, he’s under contract until 2014. They are not going to totally blow up the whole team. Get a new head coach and O.C and see how it goes.

  20. sasquash69 says: Dec 18, 2010 5:43 PM

    This guy stinks

  21. stixzidinia says: Dec 18, 2010 5:48 PM

    I wonder if Palmer is aware that 99.9% of all posts on this site are just re-posted stories written by other journalists around the country with a little (or alot) of spin thrown on top. It’s all good, though……the strength of this site is that it’s all consolidated into one place (even if there’s little to no actual original content).

  22. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Dec 18, 2010 5:59 PM

    Cam Newton? Look at the list of QB’s taken high after one good season. I know he’s a physical freak, but so were many of the others…..

    bowens3181 says:
    Dec 18, 2010 5:07 PM
    If the Panthers are able to win another game and the Bengals are not, they will definitely part ways with Palmer and take Luck. Even if that doesn’t happen I wouldn’t be very surprised to see Ryan Mallett or Cam Newton starting for the Bungles next season, with Palmer sporting a Cardinals or Redskins jersey…

  23. oruacat2 says: Dec 18, 2010 6:00 PM

    All the more reason to draft his future replacement and ease him into the league, as Palmer himself did with Kitna.

  24. dolphins4 says: Dec 18, 2010 6:12 PM

    I heard Santa Claus retired and Carson Palmer took his place.

  25. contraryguy says: Dec 18, 2010 6:27 PM

    Palmer needs blocking, a better offensive scheme (bye bye Bratkowski), and a running game that other teams would take seriously.

    The 2011 draft looks thin on OL and RB talent, but it is loaded with QB prospects; it would fit the Bengals draft history to keep Palmer and take a guy first round here. Which guy? Depends on who the new head coach is, and that’s the more important question in Cinci.

  26. boneyardbuc says: Dec 18, 2010 6:36 PM

    …how bout to stay in the NFL?

  27. jimmysee says: Dec 18, 2010 6:39 PM

    Carson Palmer to Vikings.

    So obvious. So true.

  28. 4dabears says: Dec 18, 2010 6:40 PM

    This turdwad SUCKS! Why would he take a pay cut? It’s like stealing candy from a baby.

  29. kingjoe1 says: Dec 18, 2010 6:41 PM

    Stixzidinia – How about you give the rest of us a bit of credit for understanding what we are reading. It sounds like you want to criticize the site, but have no ammunition.

    The Bengals, should unload everyone over 26, hire a young energetic coach and build a winner over 3 or 4 years. The fans stink in cincy anyway, so why worry if they will show up next year or the year after. The only way they show up if the team is a playoff team. At least that is step up on Jacksonville.

  30. rjsjr says: Dec 18, 2010 7:12 PM

    Palmer is washed up and his decisions have become predictable under Bob Bratkowski.

    It’s a poorly run organization with an offensive coordinator not fit to run a high school offense.

    Quite honestly I haven’t seen this type of hostility from the Bengals fan base since Mike Brown took over. Even if he was to try and relocate the team, no one would welcome the owner/GM with the worst record in the history of professional sports.

    If Bengals fans are legitimately accepting that there really is no point in throwing money at going to games, perhaps Mike Brown will legitimately have no other choice but to let someone else run the team.

  31. laffers says: Dec 18, 2010 7:15 PM

    Poor front offices produce poor teams…..PERIOD!

  32. jdandcoke says: Dec 18, 2010 7:16 PM

    stix

    exactly. rewritten stories or not its all in one convenient spot. thats why its a good site.

  33. dryble says: Dec 18, 2010 7:17 PM

    They might as well draft Luck and dump Palmer.

  34. sarahpalinhater says: Dec 18, 2010 7:18 PM

    If Palmer is not in Cincy next season…trust me, it’s all but a DONE DEAL. Palmer will Hook-up once again with his old college coach in Seattle.

  35. oldcracker says: Dec 18, 2010 7:20 PM

    Hey, how’s T.O. working out there? I thought Palmer was going to have all of these fantastic targets to work with.

    How about Palmer to the Seahawks?

    Meanwhile, Mike Brown and Jerry Jones shout in harmony, “We don’t need no stinking GM!”

  36. superbengalfan says: Dec 18, 2010 7:43 PM

    I have to say this report doesn’t surprise me in the least. On a personal level, I really like Carson a lot and wish him success as you can see I think he is gone after this season. I’m aware of the axiom “be careful for what you wish for” as I’m aware that the pantry is bare behind Carson.

    It makes absolutely no sense for the Bengals or anyone else to pay Carson an elite QB salary next year. I think Carson wants out of here, won’t accept a lower salary, get cut, control his own destiny where he’ll try to play on the west coast again.

    The last pick 6 he threw against the Steelers left me wondering if he didn’t do that on purpose to help make sure he gets out of Cincinnati. Carson is completely tuned into the business side of football. I realize in all likelihood he didn’t throw a pick 6 on purpose as Woodley usually rushes and doesn’t drop in coverage and made quite an athletic play, it just felt that way.

  37. scoob766 says: Dec 18, 2010 7:50 PM

    Palmer to Niners you heard it here first.

  38. cup1981 says: Dec 18, 2010 7:55 PM

    Wow… If Palmer gets released, there will be a feeding frenzy for him–given there is a season next year. Off the top of my head, a few teams that would be willing to overpay for his services.

    1. Vikings
    2. Cardinals
    3. Detroit (they are seeing what they have in Matthew Stafford, an IR player)
    4. Titans (Collins should retire this year)
    5. Oakland
    6. Jaguars
    7. Bills

    I can think of more, but I have to get back to work lol.

  39. murraysons says: Dec 18, 2010 8:06 PM

    This website does not allow you to critique its writers. Try to post a comment with the writers name in it… It will not post and worse yet they are cowards about it. Mike Phloryo is an incompetent imbecile whom cannot take criticism. I tried to get an answer from their costumer service regarding this cowardice. Once they found out what I was contacting them about they refused to respond. You would think those whom earn their living through 1st amendment rights would be more interested in protecting and observing them.

    dude with that kind of grammar, you can’t criticize anyone. take an English class, dummy. YOU CAN’T USE ‘ WHOM’ EVERY TIME.

  40. ampatsisahypocrite says: Dec 18, 2010 8:20 PM

    Palmer is a media creation pumped up his first couple years when he was given a 1,500 yard rusher, three top WRs in their prime and a top OL. He racked up big stats in small games, and the morons on TV hyped him big time. Thing is, he choked in the big ones. (Who could forget the famous gag job vs. San Diego a few years ago, when the Bengals were up like 35-10 or something in the first half?)

    Palmer will be fine — they’ll hire an EMT trained in the Heimlich Manuever as part of his next deal. Then he choke all he wants!

  41. joetoronto says: Dec 18, 2010 8:31 PM

    Look for the Raiders to sign him and sit him for a while before he starts.

    He’ll be fine then. The guy really needs a change.

  42. igottz5onit says: Dec 18, 2010 8:44 PM

    Why would he want to stay in Cincinnati? Or anyone for that matter?

  43. jebdamone says: Dec 18, 2010 8:56 PM

    i am pretty surprised at how poor of a year carson is having. ever since pitt busted his knee up he has not been impressive. goes to show that no matter how good of a QB you are, you cannot be effective without sufficient time to throw when you are not mobile.
    regardless, a change of scenery will do him well. my hopes are that bungles cut him in the off season after no one is willing to trade him and vikes sign him as a free agent. its actually plausible considering that no one is going to want to pay his salary (including the bungles) and i cannot see them continuing with him after this year.

  44. dannywoodrow says: Dec 18, 2010 9:05 PM

    When has palmer ever had a good year, the bengals have blowed for years. The only reason his numbers have remained half-way decent is that he has always had one or two top 15 receivers at his disposal.

  45. moochzilla says: Dec 18, 2010 9:53 PM

    Palmer will be battling McNabb for the best opportunity next season.

  46. nsevh76 says: Dec 18, 2010 9:56 PM

    Not a Palmer fan, but if I were him, I’d take a paycut to get OUT of Cincy.

  47. ncsteeler says: Dec 18, 2010 9:58 PM

    Palmer had a couple good years 2005-06 – about 8000 tot. yds., 60TDs, 65%, etc. The knee injury wasn’t his downfall so much as the elbow in 2008 – he maybe should have had Tommy John surgery but declined – hasn’t had the same arm strength since.

    He should move on to another team for his own good.

  48. goldsteel says: Dec 18, 2010 10:34 PM

    He should reconsider his pay with the way he been playing lately. He should also consider having the elbow surgery he has put off. I believe his elbow injury has affected his accuracy.

    But then again. Maybe leaving the Bengals would be the best thing for Carson? He could start fresh with a different team and different culture.

    “Don’t throw me in that briar patch!”
    Braer Rabbit

  49. dirtdawg55 says: Dec 18, 2010 10:36 PM

    A bad o-line and bad receivers are usually the two most often cited reasons behind a QB’s bad performance. Well, Big Ben has gone 7 and 2 this year behind one of the league’s worst offensive lines (they truly have been offensive at times) and has two rookies playing in the 3 and 4 spots.

    Me thinks the issues with Carson go beyond the o-line. Even when given time he has been inaccurate and regardless of who is to blame for the interceptions this year he just can’t seem to get on the same page as his receivers – and he supposedly has two of the better ones in the league (well, according to them they are).

    Palmer is done. Not that he was ever the man in the first place.

  50. peterson28 says: Dec 18, 2010 10:53 PM

    Hhhhhmmm, if they split at the end of the season it will be interesting to see who has better success between Carson and the Bengals.

  51. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Dec 19, 2010 12:29 AM

    Gregg wrote: “Cincinnati will be at the center of a lot of it.”

    Hello? Heard of the Redskins?

    Lil’ Danny will sign an aging veteran to a huge contract and power up the marketing machine. They will win the Off-Season Super Bowl for the 11th year in a row, sell all the suites, seats, and jerseys, beer, parking, the fee to take a pi$$ in DanSkins stadium.

    Lil’ Dan knows the excitement of the Off-Season. Follow the money, Gregg. Follow the money.

  52. warriorking1112 says: Dec 19, 2010 12:33 AM

    I have a feeling that other than staying in cincy he could only really land with the seahawks!

  53. ampatsisahypocrite says: Dec 19, 2010 12:51 AM

    jebdamone says:
    Dec 18, 2010 8:56 PM
    i am pretty surprised at how poor of a year carson is having. ever since pitt busted his knee up he has not been impressive. goes to show that no matter how good of a QB you are, you cannot be effective without sufficient time to throw when you are not mobile.
    ————————————————————

    Dude, how long are you apologists going to let Palmer ride that knee thing? What was that, like 6 years ago?

    Two words: Tom Brady. Same injury, and less time to heal than Palmer has had. Doesn’t seem to bother Brady, now does it?

    Like I’ve said before: it’s not the knee, it’s the throat. Cough cough gag wheeze!

  54. goldrush36 says: Dec 19, 2010 1:51 AM

    profootballwalk says: Dec 18, 2010 5:22 PM

    Palmer has a 78 QB rating – down with Shaun Hill and Donovan McNabb. And McNabb is now #3 on the depth chart on his own team. Cincinnati could trade down and take Ryan Mallett. Let’s face it, the Bengals are a bad team, and Palmer won’t be improving over the next five years.

    ______________________________________
    Exactly how far do you see them trading down? in the top 10-15 picks at least half of them have a high probability of going QB with the exception of a trade or free agency move.

    1. Carolina – highly probable
    2. Cincinnati – almost guaranteed
    3. Buffalo – strong chance
    4. Denver – doubtful, but possible
    5. Arizona – Guaranteed
    6. Minnesota – almost guaranteed
    7. Seattle – almost guaranteed
    8. San Francisco – guaranteed

    Washington and Oakland are highly possible, and Tennessee may look that direction too. Counting the possible trades and decent free agents, that still puts Luck, Mallet, Locker, Newton, and possibly others off the board real early

  55. david7590 says: Dec 19, 2010 4:04 AM

    You couldn’t pay me enough to visit Cincinnati, let alone live there.

  56. CKL says: Dec 19, 2010 5:10 AM

    jebdamone says: Dec 18, 2010 8:56 PM

    i am pretty surprised at how poor of a year carson is having. ever since pitt busted his knee up he has not been impressive.
    _______________________________________
    Bengals fans please correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think that’s true at all. He had a pretty good 06 & 07. The problem I believe is his elbow which was what he had issues with in 08. Since THEN he has not been the same player.

  57. joetoronto says: Dec 19, 2010 6:18 AM

    ampatsisahypocrite says: Dec 18, 2010 8:20 PM

    Who could forget the famous gag job vs. San Diego a few years ago, when the Bengals were up like 35-10 or something in the first half?
    *********************************************************
    You didn’t think about this first and then type it, right?

    How could Palmer, or any other QB, be blamed for “choking” a 35-10 lead?

    Wouldn’t that be on the defense?

    I mean really.

  58. 1historian says: Dec 19, 2010 8:14 AM

    Palmer has got the goods but he has never made it over that final hump and he never will playing for Cincinnati. Cincy is a joke.
    Ocho-Cinco and TO on the same team, those hideous uniforms, and you want to be taken seriously?

    Not

  59. 1historian says: Dec 19, 2010 8:17 AM

    Put CP on a decent, SERIOUS team and I bet he would do well, but not with his injury history and a contract for $11.5 mil.

  60. grpatriot says: Dec 19, 2010 9:36 AM

    Another USC bust at QB??? He hasn’t been the same since the injury to his knee!
    The best QB from USC lately was actually a TE?
    Matt Cassell…Cincy has a lot of talent…Why don’t these players develope? Coaching?

    The status quo isn’t working. Might be time to clean house???

  61. contraryguy says: Dec 19, 2010 10:29 AM

    Bengals fans please correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think that’s true at all. He had a pretty good 06 & 07. The problem I believe is his elbow which was what he had issues with in 08. Since THEN he has not been the same player.

    =====
    After he came back from the knee injury, he wouldn’t lean into his passes, a lot of back-foot rainbow throws. That went away after awhile. The elbow injury happened, and he didn’t have surgery, just rested it. He looked to be 100% through the first half of last year, then around the bye week the elbow must’ve been bad again because the rainbow passes were back.

    The Bengals don’t have a plan B at QB, so as long as he continues to pass a physical, they’ll probably keep him, if only for a year.

  62. cmstrick says: Dec 19, 2010 11:00 AM

    Why the hell would ANYONE take a pay cut to stay in Cincinnati? The Bungles should have to pay double the league average to get anyone to play there.

  63. blacubed says: Dec 19, 2010 12:51 PM

    Palmer went to USC he already took one paycut to go to Cincinnati, why not a second?

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