While Andy Dalton and Jordan Palmer throw the passes at the workouts organized by Bengals players, the Carson Palmer–Mike Brown stalemate hangs over the organization like a dark, polluted cloud.
To recap, Palmer’s trade-me-or-I’ll-retire ultimatum was met with a defiant refusal by the Bengals owner. Most believe neither will budge from his stance.
Slowly, the Bengals are starting to express opinions. First Cedric Benson said the team should cut ties with Palmer. Tank Johnson agreed, saying Benson “was absolutely right.” Now, Adam “Pacman” Jones says if Palmer doesn’t want to be a Bengal, then “damn him.”
While Carson is taking a beating from his own teammates, one of his rivals — Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley — laid some smack down when asked if the Bengals can win without their incumbent starter.
“Honestly, when they play against us, it really don’t matter if (Palmer) is there or not,” Woodley told NFL Network. “But as far as when they play against other teams, I think that missing him is a big piece of their team. Terrell Owens isn’t going to be there anymore, and Chad (Ochocinco) is going to be there. Then you look at running back, they’re missing a lot of guys on that offense. It’s going to be like starting over from scratch again if Carson doesn’t come back.”
It seems to easy to beat up on the Bengals right now, and all the talk really matters very little, but at least Woodley’s shot at Carson seems more fitting given that he plays in black and yellow.