“I think Carson’s finished here for a lot of reasons — A) I know that the movers were at his house the other day. … At the very least, (head coach) Marvin Lewis is ready to move on,” Collinsworth told Eisen.
However Collinsworth also opined that Bengals owner Mike Brown will ultimately trade Palmer despite widespread speculation that he will force the top pick of the 2003 draft to make good on his retirement threats rather than give him a one-way ticket out of the Queen City.
Obtaining TCU QB Andy Dalton in Round 2 of the draft might make exporting Palmer more palatable to Brown. “Mike’s a businessman, and I think Mike Brown is probably the guy that is holding up the idea that Carson Palmer is going to be traded — A) he doesn’t like somebody to dictate terms to him in the way that Carson has done it,” said Collinsworth.
“But now with the drafting of a quarterback, I think that Mike will get what he can for Carson Palmer, and I do think there’s going to be some interest.”