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Bengals spoke to Carson Palmer last week

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Florio has been writing for weeks that the Carson Palmer saga isn’t over. The fact Palmer hasn’t filed retirement papers is driving speculation inside the Bengals that Palmer will show up to work.

We noted last night Palmer met with the Bengals in July, and Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Bengals called Palmer last week. Publicly, the Bengals are sending out the same old message.

“Carson. Is. Retired,” coach Marvin Lewis said on Thursday night after the Bengals’ game.

Privately, it sounds like Palmer wants to put the word out that he won’t show up next week.  Adam Schefter of ESPN reported people “connected to Palmer” said it wasn’t possible Palmer could show next week. Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports wrote Palmer is  “not reporting anytime soon.”

If Palmer was going to report, it wouldn’t help him to telegraph his intentions.  Perhaps he could show up during the season.

Until Palmer actually “retires,” it’s in his best interest to keep the Bengals guessing.

UPDATE:  Florio talked about Palmer’s decision on PFT Live:

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64 Responses to “Bengals spoke to Carson Palmer last week”
  1. jmclarkent says: Sep 2, 2011 11:16 AM

    You can’t tell me that the Bengals wouldn’t be better off trying to get a low pick from SF/ Miami/ one of the many other teams that could use a decent QB…

    Give in on this lame game of “chicken” and move forward!

  2. spungy says: Sep 2, 2011 11:17 AM

    There is more duct tape per capita in Cincinnati than anywhere else in the country.

  3. pigskinswag says: Sep 2, 2011 11:21 AM

    Mike Brown and Carson Palmer just need to meet in the octagon…If Brown wins, Palmer plays for the Bengals, if Palmer wins, he gets traded.

  4. mrwaters says: Sep 2, 2011 11:23 AM

    Not a Redskins fan but, why wouldn’t they make a trade, I mean you got GROSSPLAY and BUNK as your QBs, plus you always spend lots of stupid money. Just do it and see what Shannon can do with a decent QB.

  5. patmcrotch says: Sep 2, 2011 11:24 AM

    spungy says: Sep 2, 2011 11:17 AM

    There is more duct tape per capita in Cincinnati than anywhere else in the country.

    ______________________________________

    Georgia begs to differ.

  6. kingjoe1 says: Sep 2, 2011 11:29 AM

    please Carson show up on Monday morning, just for the sheer joy of watching a terrible owner get something thrown back in his face.

  7. r66x says: Sep 2, 2011 11:30 AM

    I hope he stays away and Brown trades him in 2012. People were already booing him last year because of poor play. Imagine the reaction he’d get today after branding himself as a quitter.

  8. gdeli says: Sep 2, 2011 11:33 AM

    but did he talk to them? an answering machine message isn’t talking to palmer. ha. How bad is the owner/team when he would rather quit? ha bungles with that criminal cedric benson on it. eh

  9. berniemadoffsides says: Sep 2, 2011 11:39 AM

    @ mrwaters:

    I’m a Giants fan and I’ve been saying that for months. Of all teams, I’m blown away by Washington sticking with Beck and Grossman as their QB’s. I’d be a lot more worried about Week 1 if Carson Palmer were the starting QB for the Redskins.

    The reason why this hasn’t happened? Mike Brown is a stubborn old moron. Dude, just trade him and get a 1st round pick – you’re CLEARLY rebuilding, so get the young talent in there and draft a RB w/ that 2nd rounder you’ll get in return. It pains me to see an organization run so poorly…

  10. rayvens says: Sep 2, 2011 11:43 AM

    The Bengals just took the Browns spot in the basement for yrs to come.

  11. murraysons says: Sep 2, 2011 11:43 AM

    Carson sucks anyway, plus he walked out on his team. You think the o-line wants to block for that selfish creep?

  12. santolonius says: Sep 2, 2011 11:45 AM

    the one thing carson palmer has done right in all this is to not make any public comments at all. no matter what he might say it would blow back in his face. i think his silence has kept him from being painted as a grade-A villian.

  13. pigskinswag says: Sep 2, 2011 11:45 AM

    Mike Brown is a stubborn old moron.
    ___________________________________
    He’s a stubborn old moron who is beginning to make Weird Al Davis look like a Rhodes Scholar.

  14. whodeytn says: Sep 2, 2011 11:46 AM

    So in other words… there are no updates to this story and Carson Palmer isn’t showing up in Cincinnati?

    Cool. Thanks for the breaking news!

  15. heyguru1969 says: Sep 2, 2011 11:46 AM

    Here’s the story no one’s reporting:

    Carson Palmer hasn’t shown up for at least the last two years.

  16. Kaz says: Sep 2, 2011 11:46 AM

    Carson realizing the Bengals have moved on is just trying to keep his name out there. No one gets excited when they hear Carsons name anymore, except maybe the opposing teams db’s…

  17. fonetiklee says: Sep 2, 2011 11:47 AM

    Even if he does report in order to force a trade, nobody’s gonna take on his current contract.

  18. kvisions says: Sep 2, 2011 11:50 AM

    Kinda funny how “NFL Fans” don’t turn their backs on Carson Palmer on Twitter and other online outlets- the way they did Chris Johnson!!!!! Hmmmm. . . . . . .

  19. dickroy says: Sep 2, 2011 11:55 AM

    None of this surprizes me. The Bengals are the Bengals!!

  20. carnboys says: Sep 2, 2011 11:58 AM

    I hope all owners will step up and do this. If you sign a contact be man and honor the contact.
    Stop being so greedy and selfest.

  21. polishkingski says: Sep 2, 2011 11:58 AM

    i hope palmer does everything he can to piss off mike brown. i feel bad for the fan base though.

  22. homelanddefense says: Sep 2, 2011 12:02 PM

    once Jordan got cut I was thinking Carson would come back to stick it to the club. With Jordan there he couldnt, because they would probably cut Jordan for Carsons roster spot, and for spite.

  23. mac3333 says: Sep 2, 2011 12:03 PM

    There is more duct tape per capita in Cincinnati than anywhere else in the country.

    _____________________________________

    Georgia begs to differ.

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    I see your Georgia and I raise you Alabama …

  24. realitypolice says: Sep 2, 2011 12:04 PM

    I really want this to happen.

    Not because I support Palmer. I just really despise Mike Brown.

    Won’t fund a legitimate scouting department.

    Won’t hire a proper GM.

    Won’t sell the naming rights to his stadium to increase revenue.

    Won’t build an indoor practice facility.

    I just hope, if this happens, that there is a camera focused on Brown to capture the look on his face when Palmer walks in the door.

  25. realitypolice says: Sep 2, 2011 12:09 PM

    kvisions says:
    Sep 2, 2011 11:50 AM
    Kinda funny how “NFL Fans” don’t turn their backs on Carson Palmer on Twitter and other online outlets- the way they did Chris Johnson!!!!! Hmmmm. . . . . . .
    ======================

    What are you talking about? The has been tons of criticism hurled at Palmer. At least 5 of the posts on this article alone are critical of Palmer.

    Conversely, I have seen all sorts of support for CJ here and elsewhere.

    Kinda funny how someone can see whatever they want to see in a situation if they look hard enough………..

  26. keeponhating says: Sep 2, 2011 12:10 PM

    @pigskinswag says: Sep 2, 2011 11:45 AM

    Mike Brown is a stubborn old moron.
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    He’s a stubborn old moron who is beginning to make Weird Al Davis look like a Rhodes Scholar.

    ________________________________________________________
    just because al davis is crazy doesnt mean hes stupid

  27. mac3333 says: Sep 2, 2011 12:14 PM

    “Mike Brown is a stubborn old moron. Dude, just trade him and get a 1st round pick – you’re CLEARLY rebuilding, so get the young talent in there and draft a RB w/ that 2nd rounder you’ll get in return. It pains me to see an organization run so poorly”

    Ok. So when he trades Palmer in the off-season and gets the same 1st round pick then that he would now will he still be a “stubborn old moron”?

    Why trade Palmer now when you get the same exact compensation in March AND you get to stick it to the guy who screwed you over?

    Some of you people just react without thinking. Why trade the guy now when you’ll get the same compensation in the off-season?

  28. turgidsen says: Sep 2, 2011 12:15 PM

    kvisions says:
    Sep 2, 2011 11:50 AM
    Kinda funny how “NFL Fans” don’t turn their backs on Carson Palmer on Twitter and other online outlets- the way they did Chris Johnson!!!!! Hmmmm. . . . . . .

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    I dont remember Carson Palmer saying something as stupid as Chris Johnson did on twitter for the fans to turn their backs on him in that form of media. If he did then please post him telling the “fake Fans ” to STFU or something similar to what CJ tweeted.

  29. blitzinc43 says: Sep 2, 2011 12:16 PM

    CARSON’S ELBOW WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. IT IS LIKE A PITCHER IN BASEBALL. Tommy Gunn Surgery will do that to you.

    thats why he really doesn’t care, if he plays, then he just makes himself look bad while ruining his legacy (like he did last year somewhat to a degree) but he’s going to be collecting his millions, so it’s somewhat of a win. do you know what i mean? and if he doesn’t play, he’ll just be known as a quitter of a disfunctional organization run by Mr. Brown’s weak regime, but his QB reputation is untainted…meaning endorsements, endorsements, and more endorsements.

    Carson and Co. are smarter than everyone thinks. A Franchise QB is one of the most difficult things to find, ANYWHERE, and he knows he is a rare breed.

    Carson

  30. easyeintennessee says: Sep 2, 2011 12:17 PM

    What’d they talk about? What cable network Carson prefers to watch the games from home on?

  31. blitzinc43 says: Sep 2, 2011 12:18 PM

    plus he doesn’t want to go through training camp for a team he knows is going absoloulty nowhere. A little Brett Favre-esque thinking.

  32. blitzinc43 says: Sep 2, 2011 12:20 PM

    tommy john surgery* ( i got to much into the whole paragraph)

  33. TurdSandwich says: Sep 2, 2011 12:28 PM

    rayvens says:
    Sep 2, 2011 11:43 AM
    The Bengals just took the Browns spot in the basement for yrs to come.

    ………………………………………..

    Says the fan of a team The Bengals own year in year out..

  34. gdive says: Sep 2, 2011 12:28 PM

    Until Palmer actually submits his retirement papers how can anyone take his threat seriously? It’s gun with no bullets.

  35. bigdaddybullwhip says: Sep 2, 2011 12:44 PM

    Mike is waiting for a qb to go down, thus raising the value of that SoCal puss boy.

  36. thetooloftools says: Sep 2, 2011 12:53 PM

    Carson Palmer will never take another snap for the Bengals.

  37. bigpapa7809 says: Sep 2, 2011 12:54 PM

    Ok…so….two things if Carson Palmer does not report and officially retires.

    1. He will always be remembered as a guy who quit on his teammates because he didn’t get his way.

    2. He is walking out on $11.5M per year for the next 4 years.

    For these two reasons alone, I have the suspicion that he will show up during week one and force the hand of the Bengals.

    For the sake of the NFL, Palmer’s career, and to improve the organization, Mike Brown should trade him, be done with the situation, and move on.

  38. mattyc says: Sep 2, 2011 12:56 PM

    Smart play is Palmer showing up & forcing Browns hand. Suitors….. Seattle & Oakland on the West Coast make sense. Washington definitely makes sense. Take a 4th, drop the salary off the cap, & wipe your hands of him.

  39. naygerkid says: Sep 2, 2011 12:58 PM

    blitzinc43 says:
    Sep 2, 2011 12:16 PM
    CARSON’S ELBOW WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. IT IS LIKE A PITCHER IN BASEBALL. Tommy Gunn Surgery will do that to you.

    ————————————————–

    Tommy John surgury has actually made players come back to be even better than they were before…

  40. pskotte says: Sep 2, 2011 1:00 PM

    I thought you promised to retire, CP? You’re no leader if you quit on your teammates. They want to play and want to move on without you. Stay home and keep your drama to yourself.

  41. drunkenagitator says: Sep 2, 2011 1:00 PM

    You gotta love how NFL fans are so quick to label a guy as a “quitter” when he decides his current employment situation isn’t worth it anymore, as if he “owes” it to them to keep plying his trade for a pitifully-run franchise owned by stupid, greedy cheapskates. He’s still young, he has a boatload of cash, perhaps his long-term health and happiness means more to him than the opinion of some beer-soaked cretins. If you hated your job and your employer and had the means to walk away, would you stay out of some ridiculous notion of “loyalty”?

  42. juiceboxsupply says: Sep 2, 2011 1:03 PM

    Pete Carrol, Mike Williams, Carson Palmer reunion?

  43. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Sep 2, 2011 1:03 PM

    Only the idiot Mike Brown would think it’s ok to drag your team through the mud so you can win a battle of ego’s.

    Trade Carson for a couple picks, let your young team move on and invest in the future! Makes too much sense right? Guess that’s why Mike won’t do it.

    There are 3 terrible owners in the NFL, and we have the worst!

  44. paulsdamnblog says: Sep 2, 2011 1:03 PM

    In a related story, Brett Farve is still retired.

  45. realitypolice says: Sep 2, 2011 1:06 PM

    blitzinc43 says:
    Sep 2, 2011 12:16 PM
    CARSON’S ELBOW WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. IT IS LIKE A PITCHER IN BASEBALL. Tommy Gunn Surgery will do that to you.
    ===========================

    First of all, it’s called Tommy John surgery.

    Second of all, plenty of pitchers have come back from it and had long successful careers.

    Some even say their arms feel stronger after the surgery than before.

    Other than those little points, your argument is dead on.

  46. gridassassin says: Sep 2, 2011 1:20 PM

    Lost in all of this is the fact that last year Palmer had more turnovers (23 total) in his career.

    If he’s going to retire, then quit being a drama queen and retire.

  47. mddare007 says: Sep 2, 2011 1:25 PM

    blitzinc43 says:
    Sep 2, 2011 12:16 PM
    CARSON’S ELBOW WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. IT IS LIKE A PITCHER IN BASEBALL. Tommy Gunn Surgery will do that to you.

    **************************

    WTF is Tommy Gunn surgery? Are you trying to say that he had Tommy John surgery? Or that he hasn’t, but that he still won’t have the arm strength he entered the league with? I ask because, he never had surgery on his arm, and even if he did pitchers in baseball tend to come back with a stronger arm after that surgery.

    In summation, what the hell are you trying to say? I found it hard to follow due to your grammatical errors.

    P.S. Carson has long since ceased to be a franchise player. He is fair to middling at best.

  48. geobh says: Sep 2, 2011 1:36 PM

    IF MR PICK 6 C PUSSMER EVER COMES BACK TO CINCY, THEY JUST LOST A FAN IN ME FOREVER.

  49. bossplayer213 says: Sep 2, 2011 1:48 PM

    LOL…dude said Tommy Gunn surgery. Oh sh-t, lmao.

  50. promickey says: Sep 2, 2011 1:49 PM

    Wow, the Cincinnati Bengals are rebuilding again.
    and so it goes………………..

  51. itsmebobd says: Sep 2, 2011 1:55 PM

    Go ahead carson, show, the first practice or game you play in it will be just like the movie “the longest yard” in which adam sandler lines up at QB and the entire offensive line doesnt block a single guy and he gets killed. Now that would be funny

  52. lionsfanatic84 says: Sep 2, 2011 1:55 PM

    how stubborn can mike brown get be, just trade him. Im not the kind of guy to let the player decide his move while under contract, but he has value, and you would be more of a moron to pay him to be a $11 million backup. Just trade him to a bad team, getting a 7th rounder is better than nothing

  53. depotnator says: Sep 2, 2011 2:09 PM

    To those Bungle fans who accuse CP of ‘ quitting’ on his teammates, he notified the team of his intentions way in advance so that they could make other arrangements. They did – they drafted Andy Dalton. This situation wasn’t as bad as Chris Johnson disrupting the Tiatans with his greedy ransom demands. The Bengels have not been disrupted by Palmers absense.

  54. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Sep 2, 2011 2:15 PM

    geobh says:Sep 2, 2011 1:36 PM

    IF MR PICK 6 C PUSSMER EVER COMES BACK TO CINCY, THEY JUST LOST A FAN IN ME FOREVER.

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    Like anyone would notice…

  55. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Sep 2, 2011 2:17 PM

    drunkenagitator says:Sep 2, 2011 1:00 PM

    If you hated your job and your employer and had the means to walk away, would you stay out of some ridiculous notion of “loyalty”?

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    The operative word being “if” as in “if they were employed at some place other than Mickey D’s”…

  56. bturner032002 says: Sep 2, 2011 2:20 PM

    no no…. Kentucky

    That’s why its call Kentucky Chrome

  57. pigskinswag says: Sep 2, 2011 2:22 PM

    Kinda funny how “NFL Fans” don’t turn their backs on Carson Palmer on Twitter and other online outlets- the way they did Chris Johnson!!!!! Hmmmm. . . . . . .
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    The two situations aren’t comparable. Chris Johnson held out because of greed. Palmer just doesn’t want to play for the Bengals anymore. Obviously he wasn’t motivated by money because he’d rather retire than play for them. Palmer never told the people who helped to pay his salary to STFU either.

  58. vomitingliberals says: Sep 2, 2011 2:30 PM

    There is more duct tape per capita in Cincinnati than anywhere else in the country.

    _____________________________________

    Georgia begs to differ.

    _____________________________________

    I see your Georgia and I raise you Alabama …
    ————

    Don’t forget California, lot’s of fruits and nuts that likely keep a healthy supply of it around for bedroom games, no?

  59. gstoner42 says: Sep 2, 2011 2:51 PM

    TOMMY GUNN surgery sounds like it would be much cooler than Tommy John surgery, particularly on your throwing arm. Just to be able to say you had the TOMMY GUNN procedure done would be pretty cool. All bionic and s**t.

  60. logical852 says: Sep 2, 2011 2:54 PM

    Take your Talents to South Beach Carlson!!!!!

  61. granadafan says: Sep 2, 2011 4:32 PM

    vomitingliberals says:
    Sep 2, 2011 2:30 PM
    There is more duct tape per capita in Cincinnati than anywhere else in the country.
    ————
    Don’t forget California, lot’s of fruits and nuts that likely keep a healthy supply of it around for bedroom games, no?”

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    Ah, your nickname of “vomitingLIBERALS” obviously explains your moronic statement about California. How typical of the ignorants who have never traveled outside their own county.

  62. childressrulz says: Sep 2, 2011 6:56 PM

    too bad Palmer wasted all of his talent in Cincy.

  63. bungalsfan101 says: Sep 2, 2011 9:33 PM

    madden predicts palmer will show up next week

  64. corvusrex96 says: Sep 3, 2011 10:33 AM

    Seems the bengals are a mess but is that really a surprise given their recent 15 year history?

    So knowing that why in the heck did Palmer sign a long term contract?

    If it was so bad just do a 2 or 3 year deal and get out.

    I usually side with players but Palmer put himself in this situation

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