Carson Palmer Might Actually Go Through With This Retirement Thing
Carson Palmer is about to walk away from a lot of money.
Instead of collecting the combined $50 million he's supposed to make over the next four seasons, Palmer wants out of the Bengals organization so badly, that it sounds like he's actually going to retire from football.
You'll recall that the quarterback demanded a trade last January, after Cincinnati finished the 2010 season 4-12. Bengals president Mike Brown turned down the request, leading Palmer to reportedly tell a friend that he would "never set foot in Paul Brown Stadium again" and "I have $80 million in the bank. I don't have to play football for money."
According to head coach Marvin Lewis, Palmer — who is under contract until 2014 — told him of his plans to retire, prompting the Bengals to select TCU quarterback Andy Dalton in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Now, sixth months later, the Bengals still haven't wavered on their decision not to indulge Palmer's request for a trade. According to Brown, to do so would be to reward the quarterback for failing to play out the remainder of his contract.
“He’s not coming back. … He sold his house, flew his family, his dogs are gone, the ketchup inside the refrigerator. … [His brother] Jordan refers to him as his former teammate. I think his brother would know best, right?”
Brown has said that the franchise will let Palmer make good on his plans to retire instead of playing for the Bengals, and that the organization will seek out another veteran quarterback in free agency but intend to move ahead with Dalton as the possible starter.
Brown doesn't appear to be bluffing, either. The Bengals have told every team that has called about Palmer that they will not trade him, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Whether Palmer's retirement is permanent or not remains to be seen. Meanwhile, Cardinals kicker Jay Feely presented an interesting hypothetical on Twitter.
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