CINCINNATI OH - DECEMBER 19: Quarterback Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals fades back in the pocket while playing the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 19 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Even if you could sit around and detail possible trade scenarios, the Bengals are unable to move Carson Palmer until there's a solution between ownership and the players for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. That's just fact.
No matter what you hear from other places, there is no trade in principle. There's no reason to believe a trade will happen soon and the Bengals front office is doing nothing about Carson Palmer's trade demands. And I mean, nothing.
Don't believe me. Then check this out.
On Saturday, while referring to a tweet that Andrew Whitworth believes Carson Palmer is serious about a trade demand, Peter King tweets:
"Management still 'laughing uproariously' at request."
Aside from King's tweet, there's been no indication of movement from the front office with any inclination to move Palmer.
We still find Palmer's timing rather odd. The team has made no moves to have a backup capable of replacing Palmer, therefore he had to know that the Bengals wouldn't move him right away. Most quarterbacks on the trade market would be leaving teams where a quarterback is potentially better, or at least equally capable. The Bengals don't have that.
Additionally, we find it hard to believe that Palmer didn't foresee the issues that he couldn't be traded until a new Collective Bargaining Agreement was signed. An optimist would obviously say that day is coming. A realist plans for the worst. His timing couldn't have been worse.
Either way, the Bengals front office isn't helping matters at all. "Laughing uproariously" isn't how you gently return a franchise quarterback into the fold, giving you at least another year to find his replacement.