As far as the Bengals are concerned, quarterback Carson Palmer has decided to retire. And as far as the Bengals are concerned, that means they're not trading him, just in case the retirement isn't necessarily permanent.
"I’m not expecting [Carson Palmer] to be back. Carson signed a contract, he made a commitment," Brown said today, via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. "He gave us his word. We relied on his word and his commitment. We expected him to perform here. If he is going to walk away from his commitment we aren’t going to reward him for doing it."
Palmer has been incommunicado with team officials since the end of last season. Speculation has persisted that he would welcome a trade to the Dolphins, but Brown seems adamant in his stance. And don't forget: Even if he traded him this year, it would be for 2012 draft picks. He can easiliy make Carson sit out the season and deal him next year for what would amount to the same deal - or perhaps even better - than he'd get now.