Bengals QB Carson Palmer's time in Cincinnati appears to be approaching its end.
The two-time Pro Bowler will demand a trade from the Bengals, and is willing to "play the retirement card," according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
The Bengals had a 4-12 record this season after winning the AFC North in 2009. They decided to retain head coach Marvin Lewis, but whether WRs Chad Ochocinco or Terrell Owens will be back is in question.
Palmer threw 26 touchdown passes and 20 interceptions in ’10. He has spent all of his seven NFL seasons with the Bengals after being the No. 1 pick of the 2003 NFL draft.
The way we see it
It was an extremely disappointing season for the Bengals, and Palmer could be looking at a 2011 season without Owens and Ochocinco. But all signs had been pointing to Palmer returning to Cincinnati — Lewis said on ESPN Radio a couple weeks back, "No question in my mind that Carson Palmer is our quarterback."
The Bengals don't have a starting-caliber quarterback on their roster, so if Palmer were to retire or be traded, finding a QB would become the top priority.