As a hard working manager and writer that covers the Cincinnati Bengals, our weekends tend to be busier. Along with formulating possible stories with charts and graphs, polishing previews and generally going frantic that we're not maximizing our readers time with information they could use, discussions they could have, or thoughts they haven't entertained, when the 2010 season was over, it was nice to simply relax. Watching the Bengals in the playoffs is the hope for us all, but there was no way Cincinnati was going and to be honest, I was simply in the mood to watch the NFL playoffs. Carson Palmer had other ideas.
During ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown, previewing the games leading into both games during the NFL's Conference Championship weekend, ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen looked straight in my face and reported that Carson Palmer is demanding a trade, or that he'll use the "retirement card". The next day Palmer's representative David Dunn released a statement:
"Carson met with Bengals owner Mike Brown recently. They both expressed profound disappointment in how the team fared last season, and in how it has generally performed during Carson's tenure with the team. Because of the lack of success that Carson and the Bengals have experienced together, Carson strongly feels that a separation between him and the Bengals would be in the best interest of both parties. Carson could no respect the Brown family any more than he does or be more appreciative of what the Browns have done for him and his wife Shaelyn and his family."
Mike Brown basically went "LOL" and Bengals fans basically wrote "STFU" during the team's press conferences in which Palmer conversation would accidentally surface.
Carson Palmer was one of the most divisive stories of the 2011 year, mostly because it incorporated one of the most villainous subjects around the Bengals -- that being the team's owner.
And since this story took a turn for the dramatically better, make sure you tune in soon for our top story of 2011.