Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer met with the team’s owner Mike Brown a little more than a week ago and asked to be traded and Brown told him no, telling him that
“He is key to our plans, he’s central to us. He was told that and that we count on him going forward. He was told that we are not in a position to trade him.”
Palmer’s trade request was made public by Brown in an interview with The Cincinnati Enquirer. According to Brown, the meeting was amicable and that Palmer “didn’t finger anyone or anything. … He’s a great player and equally a fine person.”. Brown also said that Palmer did not share any specifics about what was bothering him.
It was a tough season for Palmer and the Bengals who went into the season as defending AFC North Champions. But even with the additions of Terrell Owens, Jordan Shipley and Jermaine Gresham, the Bengals offense never took off, finishing 20th in the NFL this past season.
While Palmer set a team record for pass attempts with 586 he had a tough year completing 61.8% of his passes for 3,970 yards with 26 touchdowns. What hurt Palmer through were the 20 interceptions he threw (tied a career high) of which five were returned for touchdowns.