By Bengals Gab Columnist Nathan Mallon
When I think of the word quitter pertaining to the world of professional sports there are some names that automatically come to mind for various reasons, namely Lebron James, Jay Cutler, Bobby Petrino and maybe even Jim Riggleman. I am not saying that there are not times when quitting a particular job or task is in one’s best interest and maybe that is even true of some of the players I just mentioned. My question is, will Carson Palmer be the next player to get the “quitter” tag from the general public and you loyal Bengal fans by refusing to fulfill the remaining 4 years left on his contract and retire if he is not traded? It is true that retiring is an option at his disposal, but it definitely seems extremely premature considering his age (31), ability (career QB rating of 86.9), and not to mention all of the money he could still bring in ($53 million).
It was reported that a friend of Palmers quoted him saying, “I will never set foot in Paul Brown Stadium again”; “I have $80 million in the bank,” Palmer reportedly said; “I don’t have to play football for money. I’ll play it for the love of the game, but that would have to be elsewhere.”
I know that being a member of the Cincinnati Bengals almost guarantees one will face difficulty and one must not give up easily when confronted with the frequent disappointment that seems to follow the team. Now that Palmer’s Cincy based home has been sold all indications are that his intentions are to hold true to his word and…retire/quit?