What do we have here? Another Ohio professional sports star refusing to ride the wave any longer? Well, it all depends on your definition of star. If Carson Palmer is your definition of a star, then you likely refer to Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady as "planet" and "universe," respectively. Now Carson Palmer, the star, has given the Cincinnati Bengals the ultimate ultimatum: either trade him or he'll retire.
It looks like Marvin Lewis may be handing him a gold watch in the upcoming months.
The two-time Pro Bowler and former Heisman Trophy winner reportedly told a confidant: "I will never set foot in Paul Brown Stadium again."
Palmer is also quoted as saying: "I have $80 million in the bank. I don't have to play football for money. I'll play it for the love of the game but that would have to be elsewhere. I'm prepared to live my life."
Palmer has requested a trade, but Bengals owner Mike Brown said in January he had denied it because the 31-year-old was too important to the team.
It was reported that Palmer would retire if he was not traded.
However, according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, the Bengals had softened their stance on Palmer and would consider trading him after the NFL labor situation is sorted out. <a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/QB-Carson-Palmer-vows-to-never-play-for-Cincinnati-Bengals-again-030111">[Fox News]</a>
If you can't win with two capable---albeit aging---wide receivers in Ochocinco and Terrell Owens, who can you win with.