Four years after Carson Palmer was traded by the Cincinnati Bengals to the Oakland Raiders, he still doesn't talk about his departure.
“I’m not going to get into a 'he said, she said' situation with [Bengals owner] Mike Brown,” Palmer said. “We obviously disagreed, and it ended in a very colorful, heated argument, and we disagree with each other. That’s how it ended, but now is not the time or place to get into a 'what he said, what she said' type of deal.”
Brown’s story: "We sat here in the office on a couple of occasions and argued about what the future should be for him and us,” Brown told FoxSports.com. "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."
Brown wouldn't grant Palmer's request to be traded before the 2011 season and he threatened to retire.
“I know the truth and I know my side and obviously his side,” Palmer said. “You can’t worry about other people’s opinions.”
Palmer didn't shy away from a question about Sunday's game being like any other game.
“It’s not,” Palmer said. "Any time you play a team where you spent some time, and especially for as much time as I spent there, it’s not just another game. I’m solely focused on this and we’re solely focused on this.
“There’s obviously a little bit extra on it, but it’s a big game for us, it’s a big game for them, and I’m very focused on my job.”