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Bengals Playing Hardball With Carson Palmer

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MIAMI ( – Miami Dolphins fans hoping to see Carson Palmer suit up for the Fins can put those hopes to bed.

Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown said Tuesday that Palmer would play for the Bengals or he’d retire and play for no one.

“I’m not expecting him to be back. Carson signed a contract, he made a commitment,” Brown told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “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 it.”

Brown could always choose to trade Palmer for 2012 draft picks, but the Bengals owner has a history of being stubborn, difficult to deal with, and being the worst owner in the National Football League.

According to the Enquirer, Brown could place Palmer on the Reserve/Did Not Report list which would delay payment on the last four years of his contract; or they could fine him for each day he doesn’t report to training camp.

Palmer could force the issue and show up to training camp and make a big enough spectacle of the event to force his way out. But Chad Ochocinco couldn’t pull that off, and there’s no reason to think Palmer would want to try.

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