If there was a single issue that would have downgraded the issues with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, amongst Bengals fans, Carson Palmer found it. Simply explained, the Bengals, without Palmer in 2011, will be in bad shape. He can't be traded, nor can the team sign a veteran quarterback until the CBA is resolved. If he actually follows through and retires, Cincinnati's quarterback roster would look like: Jordan Palmer (who is a restricted free agent), Dan LeFevour and a possible draft pick at quarterback. That being said, we have a hard time believing that Palmer didn't notice all of this when he made the decision to leave Cincinnati.
Not that any of it matters. David Dunn, Carson Palmer's agent, said it would be very surprising to see him back in Cincinnati this year.
Palmer's agent, David Dunn, recently joined 950 KLR's Dave Mahler in Seattle, mostly talking about Jake Locker and Matt Hasselbeck, who will be a free agent. Towards the end of the interview, Mahler brought up Palmer.
Do you expect him to be a Bengal in September.
"I think he's at peace, and I don't want to talk about this a ton, with the meeting that he had with his owner where he expressed some things about his desires to go in a different direction with his career. That's between them and I don't want to get into that a heck of a lot. I think he's really at peace with that meeting and how it resolved in his mind and with Mike."
So we expect him to be back, no problem there, we should see him in a Bengal uniform?
"I'm not saying that. In fact, I'm not saying that at all. I'm saying that I think that he discussed some things with his owner that made it clear that it would be very surprising if he were to be back."
[Here's the audio link and the Palmer reference is towards the end of the 15 minute interview]