Carson Palmer apparently has told a confidant that he “will never set foot in Paul Brown Stadium again,” that according to an article by James Walker of ESPN. Palmer boasts about how he has $80 million in the bank and doesn’t need to play football anymore. Those are big words from someone without the stones to say it himself in public. Those are big words for someone with zero career playoff wins. Those are mighty big words for a guy with a career 46 – 53 record. Palmer will never get us where we want to go. He doesn’t have the heart. He is a quitter.
Whether or not Mike Brown sends him packing or he hangs up his spikes out of spite, Palmer has burnt his bridges here. I can think of a lot of reasons to not want to work for Mike Brown, and most of them either have greedy or cheap somewhere in the title. Palmer should see things differently though. According to ESPN, Brown was generous with Palmer, paying him big with a $118 million extension in 2005 even though 3 years remained on his rookie deal. Money certainly isn’t the issue. So what if someone dumped some trash in his yard. He has $80 million to pay someone to clean it up. As a matter of fact, maybe he should invest in some security or a fence. Leaving town is the coward’s way out.
It pains me to side with Mike Brown, but I am fed up with pick 6’s and overthrown receivers. Part of me wants Brown to stick it to Palmer for being such a tool and force him to retire, but in the end I just want my Bengals to be relevant again and that requires getting what we can for him. Maybe Brown will be so upset with his golden boy turning on him that he will leave too. That would be a move we would all agree on.