Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown confirmed that quarterback Carson Palmer requested a trade, but that he denied stating that he was too important to the teams plans.
With the current state the team is in the Bengals would be foolish not to trade Palmer.
Palmer is 31 years old and still has a lot of good years left. He proved that this year as he threw 3,920 yards passing with 26 touchdowns and 20 interceptions on a team that went 4-12.
The problem with the Bengals is that they didn’t have a running game this year and the defense isn’t that good. They may have found a stud defensive end in rookie Carlos Dunlap who had 9.5 sacks this year in a reserve role.
However, they still are far away as they need more defensive players to overtake the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens to make the playoffs. Trading Palmer away could do just that while they draft another quarterback in the first round.
In the end, the Bengals are better off trading Palmer as if he returns a circus will follow him everywhere.