Carson Palmer Will Request Trade From Bengals, Could Retire

Still think Carson Palmer's a viable NFL quarterback? Your team might be trading for him before long.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen breaks the news that Palmer wants out of Cincinnati, whether by trade or by retirement.

Filed to ESPN: Carson Palmer will demand a trade from Bengals; willing to play retirement card, if necessary.

Mortensen and Adam Schefter also ran down the likely landing spots for Palmer, should he be traded, and came up with the Seahawks, where Palmer would be reunited with his college coach, Pete Carroll; the 49ers, who have been looking for a franchise quarterback for years; and the Cardinals, whose coach, Ken Whisenhunt, is familiar with Palmer from his time coaching in the AFC North.

Palmer was adequate this year, throwing for nearly 4,000 yards and 26 touchdowns, but he never threw for more than 300 yards in a win and had 20 interceptions. No small portion of Palmer's statistical exploits came with deficits and during garbage time.

This is where the retirement threat comes in: if the Bengals can't find a trading partner, Palmer could choose to retire and leave Cincy in the lurch.

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