ESPN is reporting that Carson Palmer will request a trade, and will use threaten retirement as bargaining if a trade is not executed. Chatter from the talking heads and fans has exploded since the news was announced just over an hour ago. My first thought was, "It's about time." Carson has lived through the ups and downs of life as a Bengal and clearly sees that the team is not making the changes necessary that would enable the team to ever seriously compete for a Super Bowl. The guy has made plenty of money and retirement/coaching/TV doesn't sound like a bad option when you have to deal with Chad Johnson on one side and Mike Brown on the other.
But as Chad Johnson just tweeted, "Carson Palmer demands a trade? Last person demanded a trade in Cincy was crucified by the media n had to win the fans back,how will this go?" Is there a double standard brewing?
Regardless, if this story is confirmed, this will dominate Cincy media and ignite a hypothetical firestorm about the decision, who to replace Carson with and how it will impact the team going forward. Donavon McNabb? Ryan Mallet? Cam Newton?