ESPN's Mort says Carson Palmer will request a trade and if refused will contemplate retirement. Palmer is not a guy who makes rash statements. Obviously he is very frustrated with a 4-12 season that included 10 straight losses, with an NFL record 6 straight by a TD or less. No changes are on the horizon with the coaching staff or how the Bengals intend to do business, so he is looking to part ways. He could easily retire financially, probably already making more $$ than he ever thought he would. Is it an emotional reaction that will change over time? Does he mean business? He is watching a fellow USC QB Mark Sanchez go to 2 AFC Championships in his first 2 years. Big Ben is trying to go to his 3rd Super Bowl in his 7 years in the NFL. The Bengals have the 4th pick of the draft. Is there a QB worthy of that selection? There are teams in the NFL that would consider trading for Carson I'm sure. Big salary to add to your cap. Will there be a cap? If the owners lock the players out the doors shut on March 4th. Can you make any trades? Labor uncertainty becomes a factor. If you own the Bengals and your franchise QB says he wants out or will retire, what do you do?