NFL Trade Rumors: Will Bengals Ship Carson Palmer to Arizona?
NFL Trade Rumors Ponder Likelihood of Carson Palmer Landing In Arizona
Despite the current transaction ban as part of the NFL's labor dispute, NFL trade rumors continue to rocket around the sports world like pinballs.
One of the biggest names popping up in those rumors is Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer. The former Pro Bowl quarterback has fallen on hard times in Cincinnati, and has demanded that the team trade him soon, or he'll retire before next season.
Naturally, this has caused plenty of speculation surrounding potential landing places, and of those destinations, Arizona might just be the best fit.
The Cardinals have plenty of pieces in place offensively for Palmer to shine. Larry Fitzgerald is a stellar wideout, one of the best in the sport, and something tells me Palmer would be thrilled by the upgrade from Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens to Fitzgerald and speedster Steve Breaston.
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On top of that, Arizona not only seems to need a quarterback (because John Skelton and Max Hall didn't inspire much confidence last season), they've got the pieces needed to pull off a deal to land Palmer. He's still got a strong arm, and many seem to think his issues in Cincinnati last season can be easily fixed by a change of scenery.
But, of course, there are plenty of red flags, too. Anyone who watched Palmer last season saw a quarterback who struggled for much of the season with his timing, and who seemed almost gun-shy about throwing the ball or standing in the pocket. He didn't look like the same quarterback he'd been in years past, and it remains to be seen whether a change of scenery will actually fix his issues.
On top of that, there's the Mike Brown factor to consider here. The Bengals owner and general manager is still convinced that he can convince Palmer to stay in Cincinnati (despite the fact that Brown might be the worst owner/general manager in football), and has no plans to trade him, or anyone else, for that matter.
In the end, if Cincinnati decides to deal Palmer, Arizona is a logical destination. But, given what we've heard from Brown about Palmer, that's a serious if at this point.
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