So the speculation now (thanks to an article on Profootballtalk.com) is that because Carson has not filed retirement papers, he may return to the Bengals. Speculation also states this could be a strategic move by Palmer to force the hand of Mike Brown to trade or release him.
“The end game for both sides remains unclear. Palmer possibly hasn’t officially retired in order to preserve his ability to show up on a moment’s notice, if he decides to do so. By reporting, for example, in the days before the first game of the season, the Bengals would have to decide quickly whether to cut him or to keep him, given that his base salary becomes fully guaranteed as of Week One.”
Mike Florio theorizes that Carson could return right before the first game and force Mike Brown’s hand or guarantee Carson’s 11.5 million dollar salary for the year. However, it is a little more complicated than that. There would be a grace period for the Bengals and Carson would need to pass the conditioning and physicals in order to be active. (Think Haynesworth on the Redskins)
What it would do would be to distract the Bengals and become a media nightmare for a team that is supposed to have a rough year as it is.
Fans calling for Carson’s return need to think about the big picture if in fact he did return. There would be chaos for a team that has prepared all season around a rookie quarterback. Also, Carson led this team to 4 wins last year so to expect he improves the Bengals drastically is a joke.
Look, Carson was great for the Bengals while he was here. But, he is gone, let him go. The Bengals have made the shift to the players that still want to play in stripes and the fans need to follow along. There will be lumps to take this season, but they are growing pains and not the sucktitude of knowing the Bengals are going 4 and 12 with a bunch of vets.