At the start of the offseason, QB Carson Palmer told the Bengals he wanted a trade, and if he wasn't granted that, he would retire. On Tuesday, Bengals owner Mike Brown told reporters the team has no intention of trading their quarterback.
"I'm not expecting (Palmer) to be back," Brown said, courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. "Carson signed a contract, he made a commitment. He gave us his word. We relied on his word and his commitment. We expected him to perform here. If he is going to walk away from his commitment we aren't going to reward him for doing it."
The team drafted Andy Dalton in the second round out of TCU as Palmer's replacement, and the organization seems content with having the rookie start from Week One. Palmer could still decide to return to the team, play out the 2011 season, and then demand a trade next spring.