One of the other Bengal Blogs reported (its gone now) that the Niners have already made a trade offer for Bengals QB Carson Palmer:
Rumor: The 49ers will contact the Bengals and offer them their 2nd round pick(#45) and 2 4th rounders(#107 and 114) in exchange for Palmer.
This comes on the heels of today’s news that Palmer’s home in Indian Hills will be put on the market in March, and that he’s been privately telling friends that he thinks the team doesn’t take his trade demands seriously. Judging by the comments and gestures coming from behind the striped curtain, it would seem that he’s right.
Mike Brown stated that the team has no interest in dealing Palmer, and felt his retirement threat was “impractical.” Marvin Lewis also seemed to downplay the situation at last Thursday’s news conference announcing Jay Gruden’s hiring. Lewis intimated that things will be different come training camp, and alluded to a “things change” posture while Brown has committed to meet with Palmer’s agent, David Dunn within “a couple weeks” to see what exactly is stuck in Palmer’s “craw.”
Reading tea leaves here, I tend to think that Brown is being historically consistent: he’s going to be obstinant and deny the request as long as possible. As with Chad Ochocinco, Carl Pickens, and Corey Dillon, the team does not have to honor the request since the player is under contract. As long as Brown has the leverage, I suspect Palmer will have to walk the talk if he truly wants out. However, I do think that both Brown and Lewis want him back, and the changes made on offense had to have been, at least in part, an olive branch.
Much was made about Jay Gruden’s “quarterback-friendly” scheme, and that it should remind Carson of his USC days. At the same time Gruden stated that he had not–and would not–call Palmer until instructed to do so by Lewis. That part seems like an odd posture if the team indeed wants Nine back on the bus.
At any rate there are two schools of thought here:
School one is that this team needs its franchise QB, and the team should do everything in their power to see if they can’t make Palmer a happy camper again. He is, after all, a proven commodity, a former pro-bowler, has a winning record as a starting quarterback (barely, but no small feat in Cincy), has numerous come-from-behind wins on his resume and has led two playoff teams.
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