Cincinnati Bengals: QB Carson Palmer Puts House on the Market, Where To Now?
It looks like Carson Palmer isn't playing around about leaving Cincinnati. I've never considered Palmer anywhere near the elite amongst NFL quarterbacks, but he would definitely be an upgrade over many.
Palmer is due $13 million in 2013 and $14 million in 2014. I don't see too many teams wanting to pay that kind of money for a guy who can't seem to produce with elite receivers and a fairly decent running back.
So maybe decent coaching and a new scene will allow Palmer to reach elite status. I have a few places in mind that could benefit both Palmer and the team.
We all know what happened to McNabb this season, and we all know that money usually isn't a big deal in D.C.. Washington, in my opinion, should keep McNabb and worry about their aging running game, but they don't seem to happy with McNabb there.
Favre will be leaving and Minnesota will need someone that can deliver to their great corp of receivers to make them contenders again. They still have a decent defense and one of, if not, the best running back in the game.
With Vince Young still waiting to be traded or released, the Titans desperately need someone behind center with Kerry Collins pushing his 40th birthday. Also, getting Palmer might help entice Randy Moss to stay on the roster.
Palmer is obviously used to dealing with diva-like receivers.
The man in the photo, whom you all know, will be ready to leave if something isn't done soon. In a weak division, improving running game and a top three wide receiver, Arizona could make a run for the playoffs with Palmer behind center.
San Francisco 49ers
I would most like to see Palmer land in San Fran.. They have a strong running game, young and improving receivers, one of the leagues most explosive tight ends and a very underrated defense. Adding Palmer would be an easy upgrade. And just like Arizona, being in a weak division, the 49ers could make a strong push to win the division and possibly further.