CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 08: Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals is brought down from behind by James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium on November 8 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
We agree with all of you. Updates on Carson Palmer are tedious. And the truth is, mostly all updates on Palmer recently aren't really updates on the actual issue; rather various people throwing out opinions, or a team's position with a little subjective reasoning and fluidity of reality. Most recently Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, while promoting the Dolphins interest in the player formerly known as the Bengals franchise quarterback, wrote that "(every) shred of evidence coming from the Bengals is they might actually be inching toward the idea of trading Palmer." Trades for players are not allowed until there's labor peace between the owners and the union (we had to write that because someone will remind us as if we totally didn't know that).
In a very nice way, Geoff Hobson responded with a "what, are you on crack?" retort, writing the Mike Brown views Palmer as one of his favorite Bengals players... of all-time.
NFL.com's Vic Carucci agrees.
Even when teams are eventually allowed to trade again, the Bengals are not going to ship Palmer to the Dolphins or any other team. Bengals owner Mike Brown is entrenched in his position of refusing to give into Palmer's trade demands. And when Brown digs in, he stays there. Anyone who has ever dealt with him in a football or business situation will tell you as much.
Carucci adds that Palmer himself could have hurt his chances for being traded. If Brown decides to trade Palmer, then it's going to be for a mind-blowing deal with premium picks. However.
No general manager worth his salt is going to give up anything of substance for a player taking a trade-me-or-I'll-retire stance with his current team.