Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco thinks that his quarterback, Carson Palmer, has played his last game for Cincinnati. Palmer recently sold his house in Cincinnati, and has threatened to retire if he isn't traded. And Ochocinco thinks he's dead serious.
"I know him really well. He will sit out, he will retire," Ochocinco said from the Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he rode in a car with Sprint Cup driver Jeff Burton. Ochocinco added that Palmer is "frustrated" and wants a "fresh start."
Bengals owner Mike Brown repeatedly has said this offseason that he won't trade Palmer.
Ochocinco repeated these sentiments in another recent interview, saying that "When he says he's going to do something, he's going to do it.)
"As far as Carson, it looks like he’s serious," Houshmandzadeh said. "A lot of things have happened that I’m sure that nobody knows about but Carson and the team where he feels like it’s not the best place for him to play anymore."
It remains to be seen whether the Bengals will eventually give up and trade Palmer before the season starts, or risk losing him to retirement. Palmer once said he had $80 million and therefore did not have to stick around in an unhappy situation just to make money. If it looks likely that the Bengals won't be able to call Palmer's bluff, we'll see if they're willing and able to pull off a trade.