Carson Palmer's agent releases statement: Separation is in best interest of both parties

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Bengals owner Mike Brown and quarterback Carson Palmer have confirmed that they met last week, and that Palmer did request a trade.

Palmer's agent, David Dunn, issued the following statement on Monday:

"Carson met with Bengals owner Mike Brown recently. They both expressed profound disappointment in how the team fared last season, and in how it has generally performed during Carson's tenure with the team. Because of the lack of success that Carson and the Bengals have experienced together, Carson strongly feels that a separation between him and the Bengals would be in the best interest of both parties. Carson could not respect the Brown family any more than he does or be more appreciative of what the Browns have done for him and his wife Shaelyn and his family."

According to, Brown said, "We are not trading Carson."

"Carson is central to what we do. We have no plans to trade him," Brown told writer Geoff Hobson. "We are not taking offers."

Brown, who is in Mobile, Ala. for the Senior Bowl, said he was surprised that Palmer said he would contemplate retirement if not traded, and doesn't think that it's a real possibility.

Brown said Palmer was not specific about his complaints.

ESPN reported Sunday that Palmer asked the team to trade him. The report stated sources familiar with Palmer's plan and mindset, and said he is financially secure for the rest of his life and is willing to follow through and retire.

Asked by FOX19 late this season whether he could see himself playing for another team, Palmer said "Yeah. Anything's possible. This is a business and anything can happen in business, so yeah."

Coach Marvin Lewis, in an interview with FOX19 conducted last week, believed that the team would keep Carson Palmer.

"I've got to get Carson back to the situation where he plays more care free and every play doesn't mean winning or losing," said Lewis.

Carson Palmer joined the Bengals as a first-round draft pick in 2003, his first year after his Heisman-winning season at USC. Since then, Palmer has been the starting quarterback for the Bengals only two winning seasons in the past 20 years, in 2005 and 2009.

On the Bengals first pass play of their first 2005 season playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Palmer's knee was severely damaged during a tackle. After reconstructive surgery, he was able to play again and start in the 2006 season. In the 2008 season he missed 12 games due to a sore elbow.

Last season, Palmer completed 62 percent of his passes, making 26 touchdowns, and throwing 20 interceptions. He also had 3,970 passing yards.

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