Maybe it's me or maybe its the signing of Joseph by Houston that has brought me to this thought, but I think Carson is being made an example of because Mike Brown knows there are more dissenters who might be planning on asking for a trade. If he gives in to Carson, then others will think Brown will trade them if they cry hard enough. Brown knows these guys can't just go out and not play because they will lose money in FA, so they must perform. Hate to say it, they are slaves to the contract they signed. Personally, if I were a player I would demand a trade clause or an opt out that allows for me to leave a team if management hasn't lived up to the bargin of the contract, meaning yes I'll sign and play for this team provided that you are putting on the field the best possible team to win. If for some reason this is violated I could demand a trade or be eligible for FA at the conclusion of the season. If that were to happen, some teams might begin to try and become more competative. Mike Brown is a smart business man, but running a football team and making sure they become contenders year in and year out, he is not. I guess the question to that type of thought is, does an owner have an obligation to the players they hire to put a product on the field to be competative?