Carson Palmer Trade Could be Key to Cincinnati Bengals Success in 2011

Derek TalibContributor IIIFebruary 4, 2011

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 12:  Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on December 12, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Carson Palmer wants to be traded out of Cincinnati but the owner has stated he has no intention of trading his starting quarterback.  What he really means is that he will only trade him if and only if there is too good a deal to pass up.  If the Bengals are smart they really look at Carson Palmer and realize that they can possibly get a first and third for him.

Carson Palmer is not a catalyst for a winning formula in Cincinnati, and getting draft picks for him would be exceptional. Bengals fans, imagine if you give up your 2nd round pick to the Eagles for Kevin Kolb.  He already knows the West Coast Offense, and has more potential than Carson Palmer, who has seemingly never been the same since his injuries.

Carson Palmer is most definitely a starting NFL quarterback, but not a franchise quarterback. He can lead a team that is self sustaining but he can't be the catalyst for a team to build around.  He can propel a team in need of a solid middle tier quarterback.   Do not think it an insult to be called a middle tier quarterback. How many elite QB’s are there in the NFL? 

When you look at teams that need a quarterback asking for a first and a third round pick for Carson Palmer is not a crazy notion. The 49ers, Raiders, Seahawks, Panthers, Titans, Dolphins, Bills, Redskins and Cardinals all need a starting Quarterback. Carson Palmer is a big upgrade for all those teams.

The Panthers could easily trade away their number one pick to the Bengals for Carson Palmer who is better than every quarterback coming up in this year’s draft. Carolina, Tennessee, San Francisco, Arizona, and Buffalo all pick in the top 10 and the Bengals could quite easily have two top 10 picks. The Bengals could pick up wide receiver AJ Green and defensive end Da’Quan Bowers in one draft. Defensive tackle Nick Fairly and cornerback Patrick Peterson could also be options.

If the Bengals worked out a deal with the Eagles and traded away Carson Palmer they would have their future quarterback, two first round picks and possibly an extra third or fourth round pick. They would have only given up their second round pick in this scenario.  All they would be trading away is a quarterback that has not won a playoff game and has said he wants out of a town he hates and a team he no longer is loyal to.

What are the Bengals really giving up?

The Cardinals with Carson Palmer quite possibly win their division. The Carson Palmer experiment did not work in Cincinnati, but it can work in another city with another team. The Bengals need to be blown up and starting with a new QB is a way to really benefit the Bengals 

With Carson Palmer gone, Cincinnati would have have the opportunity to put in a west coast quarterback and surround him with a solid running game and possibly get him the number one receiver in the draft.

They could then in a later round secure another piece to the offense in pass catching running back DeMarco Murray from Oklahoma.  He was unimpressive at the senior bowl but has great hands and can be developed into an every down threat.  He will be available in the third or fourth round.

Kevin Kolb is a must have in Cincinnati and trading Palmer for at least a first round pick will create a much more dynamic team. Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens' time is done in the Queen City and their young receiving corps is ripe for new leadership. The Bengals could have a solid team next year if they truly commit to making the necessary changes. It is hard to have a leader on the team that in fact stated he wants to be traded or he'll retire.