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Carson Palmer 'not very interested' in perception of him since leaving Bengals, Cincy owner 'never wanted to trade' QB

He says "there will be a time and a place" to share his side of what happened in Cincy.

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There will be a lot made of what happened a couple of teams ago for Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback Carson Palmer. If you do not recall, he played for the Cincinnati Bengals, who are the Cardinals' next opponent, and it did not end well. He tried to force a trade and threatened to retire if he wasn't. Eventually he was traded to the Oakland Raiders and then traded from there to the Cardinals.

In a sneak peek of an interview coming out in its entirety on Wednesday, a FOX Sports report says Bengals owner Mike Brown never wanted to traded Palmer and that apparently Palmer didn't think he had much longer in the league. "We sat here in the office on a couple of occasions and argued about what the future should be for him and us," Brown said. "Whether he really believed it or not I rather doubt. But my argument then with him was, 'You're a top quarterback and you've got real productive years in front of you.'

"He would say to me, 'Oh no. I'm all beat up. I'll be lucky to play another year or two,' which I didn't take to heart."

He earned the reputation of a "me-first" player who quit on the Bengals.

Palmer doesn't really think about what his perception is right now and, as for what happened in Cincinnati, it is ancient history.

I sat down with Palmer on the bye week and asked him about the perception of him since he was traded and how that has changed since coming to Arizona and having the success he has had.

"(I'm) not very aware of it and not very interested, I guess," he told me. "I've never gone back and really shared my side and there will be a time and a place for that, but I've just been so focused at whatever is at hand."

At that point, he was only focused on Seattle and getting prepared for that game, which the team won on Sunday.

"I know there is a different perception compared to reality, but I'm so focused on all that's going on around me, I care about the next  practice, the next game, not something that's two teams ago," he said.

He did say he would eventually share his story, but that time is not right now.

With the report and interview with Mike Brown coming out, perhaps that happens this week. He will likely be asked about it on Wednesday when he speaks with the media after practice. We will see what he has to say then.