A third member of the Cincinnati Bengals has come out to say that he doesn’t particularly want Carson Palmer to return to the team. Take it away, Adam Jones:
“If Carson don’t want to be here, damn him, period, point blank. I love the city of Cincinnati,” Jones told Eric Schmoldt of 102.3 in Denver via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “His little brother is here working out, which is a good sign. But if you don’t want to be here, I don’t want you here. I want some guys that want to play and want to win, period, point blank and that’s the end of that discussion.”
The cornerback formerly known as Pacman joins Tank Johnson and Cedric Benson as Bengals have come out publicly against Palmer. (Incidentally, the three men were once featured together on the “NFL Police Blotter Men of 2007” calendar.)
The public condemnation won’t help Palmer’s chances of returning to the team, but ultimately we don’t think it will really make a difference. Palmer seems steadfast against returning to the organization. But if he changed his mind at some point, we don’t think what Johnson, Jones, or Benson think will really make a difference.
Like Palmer, they aren’t even guaranteed to be with the team in 2011.