Bengals won't give in to Palmer's demands

Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer walks off of the field after throwing an interception against the...

Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer walks off of the field after throwing an interception against the Bills at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov. 21, 2010. (ANDY LYONS/Getty Images/AFP)

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CINCINNATI - Bengals president Mike Brown says he will not trade Carson Palmer and expects that the quarterback will make good on his threat to retire.

Unhappy and seeking a separation from the only NFL team he has ever played for, Palmer requested a trade following last season despite the four years remaining on his contract. He said he would walk away from the game if one wasn't granted.

With the NFL labor situation finally solved, Brown spoke out Tuesday, saying the Bengals would not reward Palmer for making such demands while under contract.

"Carson signed a contract, he made a commitment, he gave his word. We relied on his word. We relied on his commitment. We expected him to perform here," Brown said. "If he's going to walk away from his commitment, we aren't going to reward him for doing it."

Palmer, 31, has sparkled at times for Cincinnati but also played through periods where he was ineffective. He passed for more than 4,000 yards twice in eight NFL seasons and threw a career-high 32 touchdown passes in 2005.

"I honestly like Carson Palmer. He was a splendid player for us," said Brown. "He's a good person. I wish him well and he has retired. That was his choice."

Brown had said in January when Palmer initially made his demand that trading the quarterback was "impractical" and indicated that Palmer was not specific in his complaints about the team.

A newspaper report at the time said Palmer was upset his family was affected by the negative reaction of the home crowd when he surpassed 20,000 career yards in an October 10 game, and that fans reportedly littered the front lawn of his suburban Cincinnati home.

"I'm not expecting him to be back," said Brown.

Palmer set a Bengals record with 586 pass attempts and threw for 3,970 yards and 26 touchdowns last season. He also threw a career high-tying 20 interceptions, including five that were returned for touchdowns.

The Bengals went 4-12 and finished last in the AFC North. They were tied with Denver and Buffalo for the second-worst record in the NFL.

And despite a receiving corps that featured Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco and Jermaine Gresham, the Bengals offense ranked just 20th in the NFL.

Palmer has passed for 22,694 yards and 154 touchdowns with 100 interceptions in 97 NFL games since the Bengals drafted him No. 1 overall out of USC in 2003.


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