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My Plan for Palmer

By nate

Here’s what makes the most sense for both the Bengals and Carson Palmer. Read on.

One more year.

If Carson Palmer really retires this season he’ll be walking away from about $11 million in salary. He’ll be leaving the Bengals without a legitimate quarterback in an offseason destined to be disrupted by labor unrest. He’ll be sitting out a season in the prime of his career, wasting time that can never be reclaimed.

It doesn’t make much sense. Thus, the best course of action – for both Palmer and the Bengals – is simple.

One more year.

Cincinnati can draft a quarterback early in this year’s draft and give him a year to get ready. They can prepare for life without Palmer and develop a new direction for the franchise. Meanwhile, Palmer can treat this season as a full-blown audition for every other NFL team. Perhaps both parties will even flourish in the first season under new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. Perhaps the offense will click, the team will excel and Palmer will reconsider his trade request.

It’s not a perfect situation, but it’s the best that both can hope for.

The alternative is that Palmer loses a season in what’s getting closer to the twilight of his career. Bengals owner Mike Brown won’t budge. He’s never been known for getting soft in matters of player personnel. Quite the opposite. He’ll sacrifice wins for the sake of principles.

And that’s precisely what could happen if Palmer does sit out. Cincinnati doesn’t have a solid option behind their franchise quarterback. Backup Jordan Palmer, Carson’s brother, has little game experience and hasn’t exactly shown great promise. Third-stringer Dan LeFevour was a rookie last season. And the NFL’s looming work stoppage has put a freeze on free agency.

Neither party has a decent backup plan. It’s a lot like a marriage where no one is really happy. But it’s not time for a divorce either.

One more year.