I don't need to remind anyone of 2008. Chad Johnson wanted out of Cincinnati and the Redskins were willing to give up two first round draft picks for him. Mike Brown, who runs his franchise like a dysfunctional family refused to let go of his pro-bowl receiver. Looking back, does anyone think that keeping Chad was a good idea?
We are faced with this same situation again. Carson Palmer wants to be traded and Mike Brown is having none of it. Personally, I was in the same boat as Mikey until recently. But if you think about how much different the Bengals would look today with 2 extra first rounders, how can you shy away from a similar situation.
Look at the QB landscape for the 2011 season. Who are the veteran QBs up for grabs? Kevin Kolb, Kyle Orton, Donovan McNabb, and Vince Young. Who are the teams that could be looking for QBs? The entire NFC west barring the Rams. Arguably the Redskins, Dolphins, Raiders, Titans, Panthers, and Vikings.
What does this mean for the Bengals? There are lots of teams that need a QB and Carson is (in my opinion) the best on the market. This could easily start a bidding war for Carson and we could end up getting a first and then some. There is a good core to this team but it does need pieces. We can build an 05 style line. We can replace Benson, Dhani, and/or Carson. Additional high round picks can help this team in so many ways.
I think what you do is bring youth and talent to the team and build the type of a team that a first round QB would be excited to play for in the next few years. Forget Carson, he's unhappy here and no one can blame him. Let him go to a team that would appreciate him and let him sink or swim on his own. This is what he wants and it's stubborn and stupid for MB to deny his wishes.
By "sticking to his guns" MB is hurting the team. The sooner he says Carson is on the market, the sooner the team, Carson, and his agent can start entertaining offers.