A report came out over the weekend from ESPN's Chris Mortensen that Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer recently requested a trade from the team and could threaten retirement if it doesn't happen.
As it turns out, Palmer may have to look at retirement.
Bengals owner Mike Brown confirmed on Monday Palmer requested a trade last week but said the Bengals denied the request and they will not be trading him.
While he's still a viable option at quarterback, Palmer is due $11.5 million in 2011 and 2012, $13 million in 2013 and $14 million in 2014. Looking at Palmer's stats over the last few years, who would trade for that contract unless there was a lot of restructuring done? He has to know he's more valuable to the Bengals than any other team.
It's unclear what Palmer's next move would be. Word was leaked to Mortensen that Palmer could threaten retirement if he isn't traded but it's unknown if that's true or simply a threat.
Palmer has been with the Bengals since they made him the top overall pick in the 2003 draft. He was a Pro Bowler in 2005 and 2006.
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