With the trade deadline steadily approaching, Bengals owner Mike BrownÂ is dead-set that QBÂ Carson PalmerÂ will either play for the Bengals or stay retired. As many expected, that hasnâ€™t changed. Â Read more after the jump.
With Tuesdayâ€™s trade deadline looming, evenÂ a potential trade that looks good on paper â€” one that could help the Bengalsâ€™ young roster â€”Â isnâ€™t enough to budge Brown. But that doesnâ€™t mean Palmer hasnâ€™t been working behind the scenes.
â€œI donâ€™t think (a trade is) going to happen,â€ NFL Networkâ€™sÂ Michael LombardiÂ said on â€œNFL Total Accessâ€ on Friday. â€œBut, I do know this: Carson Palmer has been in direct contact, himself, with Brown. Those phone calls have proven to be fruitless. â€¦ Each phone conversation they get further and further apart.â€
Not that it mattered in Brownâ€™s decision-making, but ultimately what the first five weeks of the season have provided is leverage. The Bengals are winning, and rookie QBÂ Andy DaltonÂ is balling. If the Bengals want to move Palmer,Â it will happen when Brown is good and ready.