Jim Harbaugh says the San Francisco 49ers will examine every possibility at adding another veteran quarterback to the roster now that the lockout is over.
But those holding their breath that the team will be able to trade for disgruntled Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer should exhale.
The California native, whose wife is from the Bay Area, has been linked to a possible trade to the 49ers ever since he decided he won't play for the Bengals again.
Palmer has four years remaining on his contract and has threatened to retire if he is not traded.
While those types of threats may work for other teams, team owner Mike Brown has a history of not trading players who refuse to honor their contracts.
Tuesday the owner reiterated those words and at the same time ended any real speculation that may have still existed the Palmer would move west.
"I'm not expecting him to be back," Brown said. "Carson signed a contract. He made a commitment. We have relied on his commitment. We expect him to perform it here. If he doesn't and walks away from his commitment, we aren't going to reward him for doing it."
Palmer is reportedly serious about his commitment to retire. He has an estimated $40 million left on his contract but he has reportedly said he is financially secure for the rest of his life.