Seahawks fans hoping to turn some of this season's promise into real potential will be disappointed when Tuesday's trade deadline comes and goes without hearing so much as a peep from Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown regarding Carson Palmer's limbo.
Despite recent speculation by NFL.com's Gil Brandt, Brown has made it perfectly clear that he does not intend to set precedence for a player to bully his way out of Cincinnati, no matter how unbearable it gets there.
When broached recently about whether he had softened his stance about getting some value in return for Palmer's services (or lack thereof), he said plainly, "I don't have a thing to say about that."
While it may seem foolish for the Bengals to waste a potentially valuable asset, Mike Brown knows a thing or two about foolishness. Don't expect him to capitalize on the demand, even for a player of Palmer's stature.
All this is assuming, of course, that there is in fact a demand in Seattle in the first place. While Palmer represents an obvious upgrade at the position for Seattle, the Seahawks' recent history indicates that paying a proven veteran is simply not in their plans.
Matt Hasselbeck was clearly an upgrade over both Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst, yet the Seahawks elected to let him leave in favor of starting from scratch. If the Seahawks were serious about contending this season then why would they allow their best option at quarterback to leave?
Similar to the situation with Lofa Tatupu, Carroll has shown that he would rather shape this roster from the ground up, and is willing to part with serviceable but dated veterans to do so. Even if that presents a more difficult road ahead.
And like with Tatupu and LenDale White, Carroll has shown that his former collegiate players do not receive special consideration.
Don't expect Carson Palmer to get out of purgatory anytime soon.