Well, I was holding out small hopes that this whole “Carson wants to be traded” thing was either overblown or an out-and-out fabrication. No dice. Unfortunately, both Mike Brown and Palmer’s agent David Dunn have seperately confirmed it. Brown stated that he and Palmer had met last week and that number 9 had requested a trade, but Brown turned him down flat.
“He’s key to our plans. He’s central to us. He was told that. We count on him going forward. He was told we were in no position to trade him. It would not be something we would consider doing … we are not looking for offers.”
Once that news broke, Dunn was quick to issue a polite but unambiguous statement on behalf of his client.
“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 not 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.”
The Bengals need Palmer to come back, and appear willing to discuss concessions that might make staying a viable option for the former Heisman Trophy winner. ”We’ll reach out to him, try to understand what’s in his craw,” Brown said. “Maybe there are things that we can do that will appeal to him. We’ll certainly try to do that. We’ll see whether we can get it fit back together again in the future.”
Judging by Dunn’s statement, it looks like Carson has no desire to do so. There’s plenty of time between now and when anything is final, and the uncertainty of the CBA only complicates matters for both sides to make a seperation happen. Nonetheless, this looks like its getting ugly fast.
Cam Newton anyone?