Posted by Andy Benoit
Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth says, for his own “selfish reasons” he would love for Carson Palmer to remain, but he understands his quarterback has his own reasons for requesting a trade. In an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer, Whitworth was asked if he was surprised by Palmer’s trade demand:
“No, not really. I knew he was really frustrated and knew it had been a tough year for him. It had to be. He took a lot of blame for a lot of things that probably weren’t his (fault) and things that for sure weren’t his fault. That’s the nature of a quarterback but I think in a year in which he was so excited about the potential of our team and for everything to go so badly was tough on him.
Then it didn’t help that there were – and you say Cincinnati fans but the people who do stuff like they did to him aren’t real fans. You’ve got your real fans that will love and support you no matter what but having stuff thrown in his yard and stuff like that, just stuff that is uncalled for. There is stuff like that I’m sure hurt him and put him in a place where he’s not just hurt but worried about his family and people coming to his house. You worry about all that for him but in the end I can feel his frustrations so I wasn’t exactly surprised but I was concerned.”
For what it’s worth, Whitworth is coming off a career year. If Palmer does wind up staying in Cincy, he’ll at least have a blindside protector he can trust.
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