Where Is Carson Palmer?

The Cincinnati Bengals seem to be doing just fine without their former Quarterback Carson Palmer. Behind rookie QB Andy Dalton, the Bengals have started the season 2-2 and are coming off a big win against the previously undefeated Buffalo Bills. Meanwhile, Carson Palmer is still “hanging around” as owner Mike Brown refuses to give in.

When Palmer was making threats to retire because he has “80 million in the bank”, it seemed like he just might retire. However, recent reports indicate that he is ready to play quarterback in the NFL once again.

Mike Florio reported on Versus’ NBC SportsTalk that Palmer has spent the last three weeks working out with former NFL quarterback Ken O’Brien. Presumably, Palmer wouldn’t be doing drills with a former NFL quarterback unless he thought he had some time as an NFL quarterback ahead of him.

At 2-2, the Bengals are in the thick of things in the AFC North. It’s still very early in the season, but it seems as if the Bengals will be just fine with Andy Dalton at the quarterback position for this year and the future. The trade deadline comes in a few weeks (October 18th) so if the Bengals get a good enough trade offer, we just might see Mike Brown change his stance on Carson Palmer.

 

Cedric Benson: Bengals Would Be Better Without Palmer & OchoCino

Who knew that Cedric Benson would be the voice of reason within the Bengals.

If he added Marvin Lewis to these quotes it would have been even better. Here is what he had to say.

“I love Carson Palmer to death. He’s supported me and taught me a lot but I think when a guy expresses himself as strongly as he has it’s almost not healthy for the team to bring him back,” Benson said, according to the Enquirer.

“I know the Cincinnati Bengals enjoy Ocho but I think in order for this team to be successful and be a force, if ownership so desires, it’s time to make a change,” he said.

I believe Ocho deserves to be released considering the amount of slander he has received, but the Bengals should call Palmer’s bluff that he would rather retire than play for the Bengals again.

Marvin Lewis on Carson Palmer: “I’m Not Going to Try To Change His Mind”

Marvin Lewis took time out from throwing jabs at Chad OchoCino t0 address the real problem in Cincinnati Carson Palmer.  Palmer with multiple years left on his contract doesn’t want to play for Bengals or Lewis.

For the most part Lewis have been kissing his ass, but it appears he is coming to the conclusion that he needs to start acting like he is the coach of the Bengals and not Palmer.

If a guy doesn’t want to play, you don’t want to talk him out of it,” Lewis told Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports this week

“I can’t tell you how many years of experience our starting quarterback will have, if any,” Lewis said.  “Whoever it will be, we’ll be pretty confident. It’s going to be a pretty exciting thing for our football team.”

I don’t think Lewis is a bad coach, I think he has overstayed his welcome with the Bengals.  I think Palmer, Lewis and Ocho would all benefit from a change of address.