How many of us would retire prematurely from a cushy job if the conditions were lousy enough; a job that afforded you the comforts of being wealthy and having $80 millon in the bank.
I admit that my threshold for enduring misery in the name of a paycheck, like most people, is pretty damn high so I believe it’s posturing on the part of the starting quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals, considering retirement from professional football to escape his employer.
But that’s exactly what Carson Palmer is threatening to do if he is not traded from the Cincinnati Bengals.
I’ll be honest; I’m not a Bengals fan and it doesn’t make a difference to me where Carson Palmer plays football next season, whether it is for the Bengals, the Cardinals, or the Silly Nannies.
But I know it matters to someone. I know there is a kid named Dylan in Ohio somewhere lying in bed, wearing a Carson Palmer jersey, tossing an orange and black football in the air, and staring at a Carson Palmer fathead on his wall that his dad reluctantly spent $100 on, asking himself why Carson doesn’t want to play for his favorite team anymore.
There should be rules in place to protect the fans from disgruntled players demanding their way out of town and from greedy teams who cut players with years left on their contracts to save a few bucks.
Here are my top five ways to help little Dylan and the rest of us cope with our favorite teams trading or cutting a player with time left on his contract.