With the NFL's trade deadline drawing near, Cincinnati Bengals team president Mike Brown said yesterday that there were still no plans to trade disgruntled quarterback Carson Palmer.
"I don't have anything more to say on that. I've had my say on that and it remains all there is to say," Brown said.
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On July 29th, Cincinnati placed him on the reserve / did not report list, meaning his contract is currently frozen with four years remaining.
The 31-year-old veteran was slated to make $11 million this season. With the first five games missed, that's now down to $7.6 million. If he decided to return to the team tomorrow and they chose to fine him $30,000 a day for each day missed, he would make $5.33 million.
With rookie Andy Dalton leading the Bengals to a 3-2 record going into Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts, Brown was asked if he felt like the second-round pick was indeed his quarterback of the future, which might make the club more inclined to trade Palmer down the road:
"I think he's our quarterback right now and he's doing very well," Brown said. "I'm pleased with how he's doing and think he can be the guy here."
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Also, lets not forget, Palmer hasn't been all that great over the course of his career to begin with. The guys made two Pro Bowls in eight seasons, and started two lousy playoff games, both of which he lost. Yet for some reason the Bengals want to act as if he's the second coming of Joe Montana or something. Sorry, but he's not even the second coming of Ken Anderson or Boomer Esiason. They at least won MVP awards.
Regardless, I'm sure there are teams that would be willing to pull the trigger on a trade for Palmer at this point. The Colts and Dolphins instantly come to mind. You would think Mike Brown would go ahead and move him to try and get something of value that may help the team in the future. Instead, he'd rather just sit on him and get nothing, all in an attempt to make some stupid point.
Well point made Mr. Brown. By not trading him, you've reiterated exactly why your team has been one of the sorriest franchises in professional sports over the last two decades.