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Mike Brown not talking about Carson Palmer

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On Sunday, Bengals owner Mike Brown addressed the league’s new lockout status.  He wouldn’t talk about one of the more established challenges the franchise faces — the future of quarterback Carson Palmer.

“I’m not looking to send messages through the media or to the player or the public about a player,” Brown said, per Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Though Reedy sees the comments as a “subtle jab” at Palmer, we’re having trouble spotting the punch.  At most, Brown was indirectly chiding the Palmer camp for putting out in the press his desire to get out of town.  More realistically, we think Brown said what he meant and meant what he said.

The Bengals have nothing to say about Palmer.  It doesn’t mean they won’t trade him or that they won’t call his retirement bluff, which probably isn’t a bluff.  Brown simply realizes he gains nothing by saying anything, especially at a time when there’s nothing to be done, given the lockout.

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26 Responses to “Mike Brown not talking about Carson Palmer”
  1. iknowfootballandyoudont says: Mar 14, 2011 7:59 PM

    I’ve always liked Carson Palmer, but he signed a contract so honor it.

  2. bravin4evr says: Mar 14, 2011 8:08 PM

    I just don’t think this is a bluff. Trade him n get something. Unlike Chad, this guy hasn’t wasted money on fines and other things…..

  3. commentcentral says: Mar 14, 2011 8:24 PM

    He probably can’t play to a high level anymore, and knows he can’t play anymore. So he demands a trade knowing Brown won’t do that, and saves face.

  4. iknowfootballandyoudont says: Mar 14, 2011 8:26 PM

    the team didn’t walk away from you after your pathetic last 3 seasons.

  5. cliverush says: Mar 14, 2011 8:57 PM

    Honor, did someone mention honor? This is the same group who just decided to screw the fans. You guys remember us don’t you? We pay the bills so you can run around the country sticking guns in peoples faces or knifing someone over respect. Bunch of overpaid idiots who could attain this level of pay with their phony degrees in the real world. Such BS from the lot of them.

  6. Burritto says: Mar 14, 2011 9:00 PM

    “Though Reedy sees the comments as a “subtle jab” at Palmer, we’re having trouble spotting the punch.”

    Having trouble spotting it… almost as if it were subtle.

  7. austskate says: Mar 14, 2011 9:01 PM

    Not a big fan of the Bengals, but who exactly does Carson Palmer think he is to demand a trade?

  8. coffinberry says: Mar 14, 2011 9:01 PM

    Would be reasonable for Carson to at least honor one more year until the team paid him all that retirement money can get something in place. The “by the way, I aint coming back” route with three years left on the table is lame.

  9. peytonwantsaflag says: Mar 14, 2011 9:17 PM

    “we’re having trouble spotting the punch”

    and you know better than Reedy, who covers the Bengals 24/7 365, WHY?

  10. geobh says: Mar 14, 2011 9:22 PM

    palmer throws another pick 6, only this time it is for the 49 ers. good riddens.

  11. ottomanismydog says: Mar 14, 2011 9:28 PM

    Palmer is the most talented (skill) player (obviously munoz is their best) the bungles have had. It’s a shame he is getting all the blame for the offensive troubles. Notice how productive the team was when A. johnson and owens were off the field B. when the offensive line decided to run block C. when the team was unified.

    Pittsburgh and Baltimore get it. The Browns are looking up.

    Football is about the core – the front 7 – on both sides of the ball. Teams need a leader to lead that core. As long as the bungles continue to have the outsiders attempt to lead the core they’ll be and inconsistent team on and off the field.

  12. turk2875 says: Mar 14, 2011 9:35 PM

    So when did someone NOT talk about someone else become a story, who cares anyway Bengals suck, Palmer sucks, Cincinnatti as a whole sucks… end of story

  13. Deb says: Mar 14, 2011 11:02 PM

    @iknowfootballandyoudont …

    Funny, you don’t feel the owners have any obligation to honor their contracts.

    Carson isn’t talking about sitting out–which would be failing to honor his contract. He can retire anytime he likes. If I were him, I’d head for the Great Barrier Reef or Costa Rica or some other place out of this firestorm and kick back until it’s all over one way or another. If the lockout ends and Brown trades him, great. If not, hey … nice way to start your retirement.

  14. thefiesty1 says: Mar 14, 2011 11:04 PM

    Did Palmer plan this all along knowing what the players (union) was going to do? I still have a difficult time of him having to stay with the Bengals. Mike Brown is one of the worst owners in the league.

    If he does return and play for this hapless team does Brown think they would actually improve? When the Bengals can make a trade, the should let some other team get whatever they can out of Palmer.

    Just how strong is Palmers’ resolve of retiring? Under the current lockout, mediation, law suits, etc., that might be best for both him and the Bengals.

  15. rajbais says: Mar 14, 2011 11:16 PM

    Ooooooh!!!

    Mike Brown sounds so scary, not!!!

  16. 1buckeye76 says: Mar 14, 2011 11:59 PM

    “At most, Brown was indirectly chiding the Palmer camp” …kindof, sortof, almost like a subtle jab?

  17. nopepper123 says: Mar 15, 2011 12:10 AM

    Has anyone ever thought that Carson wants to retire? He knows that when Chad Johnson played his trade me card, Mike Brown didn’t fold. Carson is a smart guy (so I believe)….don’t you think he knew there would be a reasonable chance that Mike Brown would say, “I’m not trading you, so retire”.

    It seems as if everyone thinks Carson has no issues with following through on his threat to leave millions of $’s on the table and calling it a career at age 31. I say that he’s looking for an easy out to call it a career for declining skills and he’s using the Bengals as his scapegoat.

  18. nopepper123 says: Mar 15, 2011 12:17 AM

    Another thought……..why do the players think they should get more $ when players like Carson Palmer are willing to leave 50 million on the table because he doesn’t like where he is playing? Hey, maybe all these overpaid players on below average teams should throw out these threats so we can reduce the NFL to the best 8 teams.

  19. lanjoith says: Mar 15, 2011 12:24 AM

    Palmer should show up and report the Monday after the final preseason game. The Bengals will have already decided on a starting QB and there is no way they can afford to pay Palmer’s contract to be a backup (especially with how cheap Mike Brown is) so the will be forced to trade or release him.

    Regardless of what each team does in the draft, the Panthers, Cardinals, 49ers & Titans would be lined up for Palmers services.

    Palmer really holds all the cards in this game of poker.

  20. CKL says: Mar 15, 2011 2:35 AM

    They said on NFL Live yesterday that Palmer’s house is already sold. I would wonder if another Bengals player bought it except…they are supposed to be saving their money right now*snort*.

  21. illyistic1 says: Mar 15, 2011 6:06 AM

    kool

  22. enders9 says: Mar 15, 2011 7:12 AM

    ottomanismydog says: Mar 14, 2011 9:28 PM

    Palmer is the most talented (skill) player (obviously munoz is their best) the bungles have had. It’s a shame he is getting all the blame for the offensive troubles. Notice how productive the team was when A. johnson and owens were off the field B. when the offensive line decided to run block C. when the team was unified.

    ———————-

    Since you mentioned Munoz, I am assuming you are referring to the entire history of the Bengals. If that is true, Carson Palmer would be lucky to be considered one of the top 10 players to ever wear a Bengal uniform. Palmer has not done anything in his NFL career.

    The offense had a good game against the Chargers, who look like they weren’t even trying. But maybe you should go watch the game against the Ravens again. Palmer went right back to being Palmer; 2 interceptions, and completely over throwing someone who was wide open on the Bengals last offensive play of the game (which was only like a 10 yard pass). Not only was he wide open, but he could of just walked into the endzone and the Bengals would have won the game.

  23. bonniebengal says: Mar 15, 2011 7:40 AM

    Palmer has four years left on his contract. He’s either going to play out his contract or retire. I doubt MB trades him.

  24. ottomanismydog says: Mar 15, 2011 9:26 AM

    enders9 says:
    Mar 15, 2011 7:12 AM

    Since you mentioned Munoz, I am assuming you are referring to the entire history of the Bengals. If that is true, Carson Palmer would be lucky to be considered one of the top 10 players to ever wear a Bengal uniform. Palmer has not done anything in his NFL career.

    The offense had a good game against the Chargers, who look like they weren’t even trying. But maybe you should go watch the game against the Ravens again. Palmer went right back to being Palmer; 2 interceptions, and completely over throwing someone who was wide open on the Bengals last offensive play of the game (which was only like a 10 yard pass). Not only was he wide open, but he could of just walked into the endzone and the Bengals would have won the game.

    ————-

    This is true – he does have issues with accuracy. What you’re over looking is his 71% completion percentage and a run game that averaged under 3 yards per carry. Speaks to my point (this game did not include johnson or owens). Palmer was the only reason they were in the game in the first place.

    as far top 10 bungles – if you’re including the last 21 years how many players can you include? if so Palmer should be the only representative (possibly Carl Pickens). other players had great individual game performances but NO PLAYER, other than Palmer, has led the team to the playoffs..

    I was at the Playoff game in ’05, wearing my black and gold, if he doesn’t get hurt history is different.

  25. Deb says: Mar 15, 2011 1:38 PM

    @nopepper123 …

    The players aren’t asking for anymore money. The owners are demanding they take a cut.

  26. nopepper123 says: Mar 15, 2011 2:51 PM

    Bottom line…….if the guy is willing to retire at this point in his career, he’s simply not dedicated enough to be in the NFL. Let him Retire and let the rebuilding process begin.

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