Carson Palmer: ‘I’m taking my ball and going home’

In your best Jeff Brantley voice, say it with me: Carson Palmer lacks intestinal fortitude. (It should have taken you about 10 seconds to say those last two words if you were imitating the Cowboy properly.)

That’s right, the Bengals’ quarterback has basically told the team, “I’m taking my ball and going home since I’m not getting my way.”

Atta boy, Carson. Way to behave like a 5-year-old child. Well done.

Palmer recently put his Cincinnati-area house up for sale, and he and his family will now live somewhere in their native Southern California. Could he live in SoCal and still play for the Bengals? Of course. Plenty of players don’t live in the NFL cities where they play.

However, a source tells us that Palmer is steadfast in his refusal to return to the Bengals. Palmer is legitimately threatening to retire if the Bengals don’t trade him.

Personally, I would love to see the Bengals call his bluff here … and it sounds like that’s exactly what they’re doing. I can’t stand Mike Brown, but I do like how he stands up to players and agents when it comes to trade demands. (It might be the only thing I like about him.) How did those trade demands work out for Chad Johnson?

Palmer is the most-overpaid player in the NFL in the opinion here, and he’s due to make $11.5 million in 2011. Yeah, go ahead and walk away from that Carson. The Bengals can pay someone else to lead the planet in pick-6s this fall.

Bottom line: Palmer is acting like a spoiled rich kid who didn’t get quite as much as he wanted for Christmas. He thinks the grass is greener on the other side and is looking for the easy way out. Palmer also probably wants to get away from playing in one of the toughest divisions in the NFL where he has to face the Steelers and Ravens twice a season.

I missed it when Brown held a gun to Palmer’s head and forced him to sign the contract that made him the highest-paid quarterback in NFL history at the time. Palmer has been cashing in the last few years, even though his play has been subpar. He’s paid as one of the top five quarterbacks in the league; he performs more in the 15th-20th range.

By the way Bengal fans, you might want to take a shower. Carson Palmer just took a piss on you. He proved he doesn’t give a damn about you. And it would be nice if Palmer would come out of hiding and speak for himself, rather than allowing his agent to do it for him.