Bengals owner avoids Palmer trade question

Bengals owner Mike Brown sidestepped the question about whether or not there are any plans to trade quarterback Carson Palmer before next week's NFL deadline.

"I don't have a thing to say about that," Brown told NFL.com while attending the league's Fall Meetings in Houston.

Palmer, who is on the team's "Reserve/Did Not Report" list, demanded a trade earlier this year and has stuck to his decision of not playing for the Bengals. Meanwhile, the Bengals have stood their ground in not giving into the request of Palmer, who has four years left on his contract.

No one should read too much into Brown's comment. It's unlikely that Cincinnati would trade Palmer before the Oct. 18 deadline unless a desperate team aggressively pursued him. The Bengals might get a better deal in April or May 2012 from a team (or perhaps teams) that failed to draft a quarterback or acquire one in free agency.

The Bengals have been one of the bigger surprises of the season, winning three of their first five games and rallying late in games behind rookie quarterback Andy Dalton.