Maybe it's because the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders, who'll meet Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, aren't very good. Maybe it's hard for anyone outside of Cincinnati to care. Maybe it's because Palmer and the Bengals never really accomplished anything, and now he's an aging quarterback whose last Pro Bowl came six years ago. (They only reached double-digit wins twice together.)
"It was time," Palmer said Wednesday, via The Cincinnati Enquirer. "Anytime you are somewhere for five, six, seven, eight years, sometimes it is just time for a fresh start, a change, something new, and that's obviously what I thought, and obviously, the ownership there didn't -- until the last second."
"Just a culmination of things," Palmer said. "Some things that I had learned that ownership -- just some things that built up over time, and it was just time for a change."
That's why Palmer's return to Cincinnati has drawn limited regional interest.