CINCINNATI - Suggestions that Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer listed his Indian Hill home for sale as a calculated ploy are closer to being proven unfounded.
Channel 9 Sports, which first reported his intentions to sell Feb. 8, learned Monday that a contract has been entered into for purchase of the property.
There is nothing on the realtor's website to suggest the price has been dramatically reduced from the original listing of $2.1 million which would indicate he was an overly motivated seller. The selling price will eventually be public record. But whatever the number, after just seven weeks on the market, a buyer has made an offer which Palmer has apparently accepted. The house, which sits on five acres, has 15 rooms, five bedrooms and five bathrooms.
Far from a done deal of course but it would be another indication that Palmer intends to make good on his vow to not play again for the Bengals. Of course he could always rent.
Palmer, 31, went to the Bengals after the team wrapped up its 4-12 season and asked to be traded or he would retire from the NFL.
David Dunn, Palmer's agent, said released a statement earlier this offseason saying that "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."
Bengals owner Mike Brown has said several times since the conclusion of the 2010 season that the organization will not trade their former number one pick. However, it appears the team has moved on from Palmer. Cincinnati used its second round pick in last month's NFL Draft on TCU quarterback Andy Dalton.
The franchise took Palmer number one overall in the 2003 draft, hoping he could help rebuild the team along with head coach Marvin Lewis. The former USC Trojan led the Bengals to the playoffs in 2005 and 2009 - their only winning records in the last 20 years.
Those close to Palmer have said he should be taken serious. He and his wife have already moved back to California and Carson's brother, Jordan, has been working with receivers to prepare for the 2011 season.
Even if the Bengals wanted to trade Palmer they are not able to at this time due to the NFL lockout. What will be interesting to see is when the lockout is lifted and teams are allowed to sign free agents and make trades. Palmer would be near the top of the list for teams looking for quarterbacks which could include: Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb, Kyle Orton, Vince Young and Matt Hasselbeck just to name a few.