Carson Palmer is looking for a way out of Cincinnati. The UFL is looking for legitimacy and a big draw. Could these two possibly help each other?
Palmer is with the Bengals, a team that refused to trade a disgruntled wide receiver (Chad Johnson/Ochocinco) for reportedly more than a first round pick and maybe up to two first round picks. The point is that they do not trade unhappy players.
The UFL's stars up to this point have been the coaches. They have had a few NFL castoffs but the league does not have a lot of draw. It is closer to MLS "football" that NFL football in terms of fan appeal.
Carson could not make NFL money in the UFL, but it is more money than he would make retiring, and it would give him the ability to show the Bengals that he is serious about never playing for them, while still keeping himself in football shape.
For the United Football League there would be many benefits. One, it would give them the immediate national media coverage they desire. Two, it would get them a set of viewers who would never have watched a UFL game before and finally they would set themselves up as a landing spot for future NFL players who are frustrated with the NFL.
While the level of competition is not the same, the UFL is a place where Palmer could help get back to being the QB he was a few years back. In Las Vegas, for example, he could be closer to home and work with Jim Fassel.
If this were to happen, the people that would be the most excited would be the NFLPA. A star in the UFL would give the players associate a bargaining chip they have never had before. Even if no one other that Carson Palmer ever moved to the UFL, the threat, now viable, would always be there.
The Bengals may trade or release Carson Palmer, but if they do not, the United Football League and Palmer would be a match that would work well for everyone.