Despite newfound speculation that the Cincinnati Bengals may be willing to trade franchise quarterback Carson Palmer after landing their preferred target -- Andy Dalton -- in the NFL draft, owner Mike Brown doused those fires Monday at the NFL's Spring Meetings in Indianapolis.
Brown reiterated that the team doesn't plan on trading Palmer this offseason and they hope the quarterback will return to Cincinnati. If not, Brown said Palmer will be forced to retire.
"He's important to us. He's a very fine player, and we do want him to come back," Brown said, according to NFL.com. "If he chooses not to, he'd retire. And we would go with Andy Dalton, the younger player we drafted, who's a good prospect. Ideally, we'd have both of them. That'd be the best way to go forward. If we don't have Carson, we'll go with Andy."
This is consistent with what the team has said all offseason. I'm not surprised Brown is holding firm, because that's the team's history when dealing with disgruntled players. But it still baffles me why the Bengals wouldn't at least listen to offers after the lockout while the value remains high for Palmer.
Perhaps a desperate team could blow the Bengals away with high draft picks that could greatly help the future of the franchise. But if the Bengals are keeping the door completely shut simply to prove a point to Palmer, they will never know what can be gained from this otherwise brutal situation.