We have all heard ad nauseam that if Carson Palmer reports to the Bengals before Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, the team will be required to pay the $11.5 million he is scheduled to make this season or else cave to his demands to release or trade him. We also know that he has not yet filed his NFL retirement papers. Recent reports even state that the team has reached out to Palmer to try to find out what his next move may be. Now, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com is reporting that Palmer has been working out for the past three weeks with former Jets quarterback Ken O’Brien, presumably because he has no intention of retiring anytime soon.
Palmer has been mum on the subject all spring and summer, which has always struck me as somewhat odd. He could publicly air his grievances with Mike Brown and be a media darling with the national press. Should he show up at this point, I think a lot of teams would inquire about his asking price, which may not be such a bad thing. Consider the Colts, who have recently lost Peyton Manning for an undetermined amount of time after another neck surgery. Also, the Seahawks, Redskins, 49ers, and Bills could use some help in this area. It seems that the sellers market is about to open up, and Mike Brown has 6 weeks to figure out what he is worth. I am in the camp of bringing him back and making him hold a clipboard until you can trade him. I have seen that a lot of our readers still believe in Palmer, but I think it would be in the best interest of the team to cash out now while he is still worth something.