Carson Palmer will demand a trade from the Cincinnati Bengals and could consider retirement if Cincinnati doesn't comply, according to a report by ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Palmer threw 26 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in 2010, including five passes that were returned to the end zone by the opposing team. With Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens not expected to rejoin Cincinnati next season, the Bengals should feature much younger, less experienced receiving corps than their 4-12 team did last season.
After reports suggesting otherwise, the Bengals extended head coach Marvin Lewis' contract to secure his return for 2011. This came after his squads achieved a winning record only once over the past five seasons -- when Cincinnati won the AFC North in 2009 before losing to the New York Jets at home in the playoffs.
The 2005 season currently stands as the peak of Palmer's career, when he tossed 32 touchdowns and topped 3,800 yards. However, a knee injury in the ensuing postseason required surgery, and an elbow injury in 2008 has been followed by a marked decline in the Southern California alum's play.
Palmer has been unavailable for comment while awaiting the birth of his third daughter.