Dukes: Bengals’ Brown can’t go against precedent

To the surprise of few, Bengals owner Mike Brown refuses to back off his stance that he won’t trade QB Carson Palmer. Brown hasn’t wavered since Palmer’s request to be traded, and few expect him to do so.

Considering he could gain value for the Bengals by moving Palmer — it has been suggested they would net a first-round or a conditional second-round pick in return — is this the right move by Brown? NFL Network analyst Jamie Dukes says Brown only has one real option.

“He’s standing on principle, because he doesn’t want to show a player can force his way out,” Dukes said. “He did the same with Chad Ochocinco. It would be a horrible precedent, and he’s willing to take the hit (of getting nothing in return) rather than putting his credibility on the line. I wouldn’t say that it is or isn’t a mistake by Brown, because he’s boxed himself into this position. He knows he can get value for Palmer, but because (of) the precedent that’s been set, it’s not a deal that’s going to happen.”

Still, we can speculate. Last week, NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan called Palmer the best fit for the Cardinals. In a quick look at quarterbacks believed to be available this offseason, Kurt Warner says Palmer gives a team the best chance to win now.

— Frank Tadych

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