2011 NFL Trade Rumors: 10 Teams Who Should Deal for Carson Palmer
After the Cincinnati Bengals' disappointing 4-12 season, they are clearly in the rebuilding process and it may be time to part ways with veteran quarterback Carson Palmer.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has stated that he plans to stick with Palmer, but if teams inquire about Palmer with the right offer, they may have no choice but to deal No. 9.
Palmer has dealt with a few injuries during his solid career and there are many teams in the NFL that can use a veteran quarterback with Palmer's leadership skills.
Here are 10 teams that should trade for Palmer this offseason.
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The Buffalo Bills got their best production from a quarterback in 2010 since Drew Bledsoe was at the helm.
Ryan Fitzpatrick surprised the league this season with exactly 3,000 yards passing and 23 touchdown passes.
Fitzpatrick gave the Bills offense some life and may have earned himself the starting job in 2011.
However, if the Bills feel that the 28-year old Fitzpatrick is not the answer, they can bring in Carson Palmer, who was teammates with Fitzpatrick from 2007-2008.
The Bills also have the option of drafting a quarterback in April.
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The Raiders could not decide on their quarterback all season long but it was clear that Jason Campbell was the better option.
With Bruce Gradkowski becoming a free agent and Campbell under contract for another year, it is likely that Campbell will be the starting quarterback in Oakland this season.
With the Raiders needing a long-term answer at quarterback, they might stick it out in 2011 and select a quarterback in the 2012 draft.
The only reason I consider the Raiders as a possibility for Carson Palmer is because Hue Jackson had a stint with the Bengals.
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With Chad Henne coming off his first season as a starter, the Dolphins may want to give Henne another chance in 2011.
However, the 2008 second-round pick did not live up to the Dolphins' expectations and it may be time to bring in a veteran such as Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer.
Henne threw 15 touchdowns with 19 interceptions in 2010, and that kind of production is not going to get it done in Miami.
San Francisco 49ers
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Carson Palmer had more touchdown passes than Alex Smith and Troy Smith combined in 2010.
With the seventh overall pick in the 2011 draft, the Niners may take a quarterback but it is possible they can trade for a veteran quarterback as well.
Palmer has the leadership and experience to come in and be effective for the 49ers.
Wide receiver Michael Crabtree needs his quarterback to get him the football, and Palmer can do that.
As we saw in 2010, Palmer had no problem getting the ball to Terrell Owens.
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With Matt Hasselbeck a free agent, it is quite possible the Seahawks may make a trade or look at the free-agent market for a veteran quarterback.
The Seahawks brought in Charlie Whitehurst this offseason, but there is no telling if Pete Carroll wants him to be the guy in 2011.
Carson Palmer has the skill set to come in and lead the Seahawks to another division title.
The Seahawks may want to re-sign Hasselbeck after his seven touchdowns in two games during this postseason.
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The Minnesota Vikings have two young quarterbacks in Tarvaris Jackson and Joe Webb, but they are not what the Vikings need.
The Vikings have the option of drafting a quarterback this April, but bringing in Carson Palmer can be a good move for them.
Palmer would be surrounded with weapons such as Adrian Peterson and Sidney Rice, and he would not have to deal with egos.
If the Vikings draft a quarterback, he can sit and learn behind Palmer for a few seasons.
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We all know the Donovan McNabb experiment did not work out, so maybe the Washington Redskins can try the Carson Palmer experiment.
With McNabb wanting out of Washington, Carson Palmer is still young enough to give a team a couple of solid years at quarterback.
The Redskins need a quarterback to compete in the NFC East, and Palmer can be their guy if they decide not to draft a quarterback with the No. 10 overall pick in April.
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The Tennessee Titans have decided that they will part ways with Vince Young in the offseason, and veteran Kerry Collins is also a free agent.
The Titans have two options this offseason, and they are to trade for a veteran quarterback such as Carson Palmer or draft one with the No. 8 pick in April's draft.
Palmer would have the weapons in Tennessee in Chris Johnson and Kenny Britt, so this would not be a bad move for the Titans.
Palmer can also serve as a mentor if the Titans decide to draft a quarterback.
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The Cardinals proved in 2010 that they desperately need a quarterback after Kurt Warner decided to retire.
The Cardinals have the No. 5 pick in the draft and can choose a quarterback.
However, Ken Whisenhunt wants to win now and get back on top of the NFC West. Carson Palmer can come in and help him do that and instantly form a great duo with Larry Fitzgerald.
Derek Anderson and John Skelton are not the solution in Arizona, and the answers are in free agency starting with Palmer.
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Although the Panthers did draft Jimmy Clausen in the 2010 draft, he did not play well this season and may need to sit the bench and learn for a couple of seasons.
It is doubtful that the Panthers will select a quarterback with the No. 1 pick now that Andrew Luck decided to stay at Stanford, so their best option is to see who is available for trade. Carson Palmer can be their guy.
After the Panthers' miserable 2-14 season, they are ready to start fresh and forget about 2010.
They can use the No. 1 overall pick to improve their defense instead of drafting a quarterback too early. The Panthers' new head coach should think about trading for Palmer.