Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer isn’t backing down from his trade request, although he’s doing it in the most polite way possible.
Here’s a handwritten statement issued by agent David Dunn, via the Cincinnati Enquirer.
“Carson met with Bengals owner Mike Brown recently. They both expressed profound disappointment in how the team fared last season, and in how it has generally performed during Carson’s tenure with the team.
“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. Carson could not respect the Brown family any more than he does or be more appreciative of what the Browns have done for him and his wife Shaelyn and his family.”
Boomer Esiason joined Florio on Monday’s PFT Live and discussed when he made a similar request of the Brown family. The Bengals kept Esiason for one more year, drafted a replacement (David Klingler), then traded Esiason the following offseason to one of the teams he requested.
Based on Brown’s comments on Monday, that sounds like the best Palmer can hope for.