In yesterday’s Monday Morning Quarterback on SI.com, Peter King indicates that a source within the Bengals organization has confirmed that they will entertain trade offers once the CBA is resolved:
8. I think the Bengals are doing their due diligence on the quarterback position, which tells me they might grant Carson Palmer his wish to be traded when the NFL finally gets a labor deal done. Talking to one Bengals official over the weekend, I was surprised to hear that whenever trades are allowed after the signing of a new CBA, the team will listen to offers for Palmer.
While this may be a surprise to King, it isn’t to me. While I know that Mike Brown has a history of squeezing prima donna players who want out, I would assume that the team considers Palmer a special case. As the quarterback of the team, having this one player above all others “on the same page” with management and the coaching staff is absolutely critical. I think even Brown recognizes that you can’t have a disgruntled franchise quarterback. Besides, even before Palmer’s demand, there was speculation that the team would look for his eventual replacement during this offseason.