CINCINNATI - With Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer not talking, we can only gauge his movements by activity around him.
His brother, Jordan, refers to him as a former teammate. And since mid-winter we've been tracking his real estate transactions.
Channel 9 Sports was first to report he was preparing to list his Indian Hill home for sale, that he had actually done so, that he had accepted an offer on the property and now finally we can report that the deal has closed.
Who bought the home on five well-appointed acres and what was paid won't be revealed until the documents are filed with the Hamilton County Auditor. The home was listed at $2.1 million so there is some curiosity as to how much he moved off the asking price, which would indicate just how 'motivated' a seller he was.
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. The former Heisman Trophy winner's agent 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 numerous times he will not trade Palmer. 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.
Assuming there is an NFL season in 2011, the writing is on the wall that the Bengals will be without the services of Palmer. He and his wife along with their children have moved back to California and the Bengals used their second round pick in April's draft on TCU quarterback Andy Dalton.
While it appears Palmer will never sport the orange and black again, it will be interesting to see what the Bengals do when the NFL lockout is lifted. Even if the Bengals wanted to trade Palmer, they cannot do so at this time. Once the lockout is lifted teams can negotiate trades and sign free agents. If the Bengals decide to entertain trade talks, you can bet Palmer will be near the top of the list for teams searching for quarterbacks.