CINCINNATI - Even though the Cincinnati Bengals are not taking trade offers for Carson Palmer, there is at least one professional sports franchise interested in the quarterback's services.
The Cincinnati Cyclones announced Wednesday that they have offered a professional tryout to Palmer. The tryout would take place on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. on the ice at U.S. Bank Arena. The public is invited to arena as the tryout would coincide with the Cyclones annual preseason open house.
"To be able to have an athlete such as Carson Palmer would be a major addition to this year's club" said Cyclones Head Coach Jarrod Skalde. "Palmer's leadership and command of a game in the offensive zone should help our squad this season. His skating ability, stick handling skills, and slapshot have yet to be seen but growing up in the hockey hotbed of Fresno, California…one can only think he's a natural."
The Cyclones said if Palmer, who reportedly has $50 million in the bank, were to make the team, he would earn the league minimum of $370 per week while sharing lodging with one of his teammates in a spacious two-bedroom apartment. According to the Cyclones, Palmer would also enjoy the luxury of traveling to and from each game on a "sleeper" bus where each player has their very own bunk.
The former USC Trojan asked the Bengals to trade him after last season or he would retire. Bengals owner Mike Brown has made it very clear that he is not trading the former number one overall pick and Heisman Trophy winner. Before the 2011 season, Brown made national headlines after he said during a news conference at Paul Brown Stadium that he wished Palmer well and that he (Palmer) is "retired."
Then news broke earlier this month that the 31-year-old Palmer paid a surprise visit to Brown and the Bengals just after the lockout ended in July. Instead of reporting to the team, Palmer wanted to press the case to be traded in person.
Brown once again refused and the Bengals continued to move on without Palmer.
For more information on the Cyclones call (513)421-PUCK or go to CyclonesHockey.com .