If Carson Palmer is bluffing about his threat to retire, his brother isn’t blowing his cover. Jordan Palmer, a Cincinnati Bengals backup QB who hopes follow his brother as the starter, said Wednesday he considers Carson’s tenure with the Bengals a thing of the past. “I’m getting myself prepared to be the guy and if I’m not I want to get this team as prepared as they can be,” Jordan Palmer said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer, at a player-organized workout.
“I’m separating myself from what Carson is doing. He’s my brother but he’s a former teammate going a different route and I’m focusing in what is front of me.” Carson Palmer, 31, has asked the Bengals to cut or trade him this offseason, but team owner Mike Brown said he has no intention of doing so. Jordan Palmer has never started an NFL game and has only thrown 15 career passes. He would likely compete with Andy Dalton, whom the Bengals drafted in the second round this year, if Carson Palmer doesn’t return.
“I definitely want to be the guy, I’m preparing to be the guy. I’ve also told him (Dalton) that if he’s the guy it’s not because I’ve helped him out too much. It’s going to be because he’s more ready and better,” Jordan Palmer said of his relationship with Dalton. “When Carson came here he had Jon Kitna here to help him be a pro. I’m going to help him be a pro. I’d love to help him get there as fast as he can.”