What Carson Palmer Will Cost

January 31, 2011 – 12:47 pm by Ryan Phillips

One of the biggest questions of the 2011 NFL offseason is whether or not the Cincinnati Bengals will trade quarterback Carson Palmer. While we all know nothing will happen until the league hammers out a new collective bargaining agreement, we’re going to assume that something will get done at some point.

Palmer has said that if the Bengals don’t move him he may decide to retire. Clearly the relationship with the only NFL team Palmer has ever known has become very damaged. So would it be in Cincinnati’s best interest to get what they can for him now? You’d have to think so. But the Bengals certainly won’t give him up cheaply.

Remember that last offseason the Washington Redskins sent a second and a fourth-round pick to get Donovan McNabb from the Philadelphia Eagles. McNabb was 33 at the time, while Palmer is currently 31.

Palmer and McNabb’s stats are comparable considering their two-year age difference. So with no ready-made backup you’d have to assume the Bengals will ask for more in return than the Eagles did.

Two former Bengals who are now broadcasters apparently have some inside info on what the team will ask for. Boomer Esiason and Solomon Wilcots both claim it will take both a first-round pick and a mid-round pick to get a deal done.

Additionally, Wilcots puts the likelihood of a Palmer trade at 50-50.

With an extra first rounder the Bengals would likely be able to select a quarterback (if they deemed one worthy of such a pick) and still address some of their other major needs.

As for what teams would be interested in Palmer, there are a ton of quarterback-needy squads out there. The San Francisco 49ers would obviously jump to the top of the list, as do the Arizona Cardinals. With Vince Young on the way out, the Tennessee Titans are likely to be interested as well. And don’t count out the Seattle Seahawks. Palmer and Pete Carroll have always had a close relationship and Palmer’s favorite receiver from his final season at USC – Mike Williams – just had a huge comeback season.

While the Seahawks have said their top priority is bringing back Matt Hasselbeck, a younger franchise-type quarterback would have to be more appealing if the price is right.

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  1. 16 Responses to “What Carson Palmer Will Cost”

  2. Palmer sucks as a QB. He had all these weapons last season, what did he do? make bad decision.Good riddance.

    By ragg on Jan 31, 2011

  3. A first and a mid round pick for Palmer?!? You got to be kidding me. Only a foolish team would make that trade.

    By Dino on Feb 1, 2011

  4. Palmer is not an elite quarterback, but with a solid line he will do well. There are a couple of developmental QBs in the draft this year (the senior bowl showed them). It depends on the team. Palmer would be worth an early third. McNabb is a winner. He has been to how many NFC championship games? He is also a free agent this year. So that will depress the value of Palmer. Palmer thinks he is better than Cassel / Schaub. He isn’t. He is a perfect signing for a team that the owner / fans are demanding to “do something” Sign him, let him struggle for a season and a half and then throw in your young QB who you have coached up. “Bridge QB” I think someone will do the same thing with McNabb except you can ride McNabb for a longer time.

    By MikeS on Feb 1, 2011

  5. After Carson’s leg was broken in the 2008 AFC playoff game between the Bengals and Steelers he was never the same. His decision making suffered extensively! It was as if he was always looking over his shoulder to see if an opposing player was bearing down on him. A QB cannot be gun shy! Carson is that and more! He has never been a QB that can move effectively outside the pocket and lacks mobility that most QBs have in today’s game. I just don’t think Carson will generate the interest he thinks he’ll get! It’s a good bet he’ll be sitting at home in front of the screen like most of us on Sundays!!!

    By Kenny on Feb 1, 2011

  6. Carson is not the same QB since that Steeler put that little extra “Twitch”on his leg and smashed it all the hell. Pathetic all the defensive players in the NFL give that little extra twitch when they “Ground” a QB.

    By Bud on Feb 1, 2011

  7. Carson is not the same QB since that Steeler put that little extra “Twitch”on his leg and smashed it all the hell. Pathetic all the defensive players in the NFL give that little extra twitch when they “Ground” a QB.

    By Bud on Feb 1, 2011

  8. He should fit in well with the Cardinals. some good runners and receivers and he will be playing mostly in warm weather without the two jerks wide receivers he had last year.

    By Bud on Feb 1, 2011

  9. First of all, this typical of bengal fans. You can’t see the forest for the trees. Weapons? You signed an aging terrell owens, and chad “I haven’t been useful in 2 years” johnson. Those aren’t weapons…they are side shows that touch valuable targets from younger options who are happy to make catches and play within the system. And your offensive coordinator has been a joke. The fact they fired him is a good sign. Not to mention, the offensive line is terrible. Absolutely terrible. Cedric benson should have been the focal point of the offense again, but he wasn’t because mike brown is retarded. Worst owner in the nfl hands down. And kenny, the plamer injury happened in 2005.

    By sean on Feb 1, 2011

  10. Palmer still has good years left in him. Arizone would be a solid fit for him, as would tennessee with cj in the backfield and some solid receiving options. Minnesota could be another solid option with adrian peterson, sidney rice, percy harvin and shiancoe, they need a solid qb whocan manage a game. All three teams o lines would be an upgrade from what he was forced to play behind in cincy. He’s worth a first rounder in my opinion, for the experience he has and for the fact he’s labored unceremoniously in the black hole that is cincinnati and done an admirbale job. I don’t blame him for wanting out, or for wanting a chance to be somewhere he’s appreciated. Mark my words bengal fans…be careful what you wish for. When palmer goes elsewhere and turns things around, maybe you will get it. Guys with reality shows may be entertaining, but usefull and productive? No, not so much.

    By sean on Feb 1, 2011

  11. Did someone just call choke artist Donovan McNabb a winner? Just fell off my chair when I heard that one. Palmer is on the decline and I don’t know why any team would want to give up a 1st rd pick for him. San Francisco will get the same production out of Alex Smith. They should keep their top pick and get an elite pass rusher instead.

    By ROCK444 on Feb 1, 2011

  12. BEING a lielong bengals fan i am appalled by carson palmers trade demand, his skillset has been in decline since 2005 the forcing of a ball into whatever spaces resulting in game changing interceptions leave us wanting oh so much more. I can understand his frustration with ownership but he is simply over valuing his worth carson is not a difference maker at the quarterback position not in cincinnati and not at usc so that being said good riddance and hopefully the next team will enjoy this dan fouts wannabe!!!

    By godfather88 on Feb 1, 2011

  13. Why would anyone give that for him. I thought what made you valuable was what you did, not what you didn’t do. Maybe the Seahawks because of past association with Carroll, but they have Hasselbeck and he comes with all the guts and know how you need. I can’t see anyone giving a first and third for what Palmer has done. Besides, it wasen’t like he didn’t have anyone who could catch

    By John M on Feb 1, 2011

  14. John M is the master of the un-punctuated run-on sentence. I bow to him.

    If the Cardinals were to give up a pick in the first three rounds for Carson Palmer — let alone TWO PICKS — I’d finally consider giving up on them after 23 seasons of sucking it up and waiting for better days.

    He’s simply not very good. That’s it.

    By Major on Feb 2, 2011

  15. Kenny, Carson’s leg was not broke in 2008. It was january 8th, 2006. He had just completed a 66 yard pass to Chris Henry (RIP)and the Bengals were going to win. The steelers went on to win the superbowl. Yes we had a championship team right there, except for one thing… an excellent backup QB. Jon Kitna SUCKED royally.
    I say KEEP Carson but get a great back up QB.

    Oh, and the new kicker. HE SUCKS.
    Shayne almost got himself a SB ring this year. He done good for the Pats and I wish they’d keep him. Kickers are so underated.

    By snoopymccormick on Feb 6, 2011

  16. Carson Palmer is a good QB, Cincy has a terrible line, terrible coaches.
    I’d take Palmer any day and so would Miami, San Fran, plus the Seahawks.

    By CN on Aug 25, 2011

  17. i think cincinnati is stupied if give up plamer.

    By shawn wormuth on Sep 15, 2011

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