NFL Trade Rumors: Power Ranking the Top Five Intriguing Rumors This Offseason
Since the NFL is currently locked-out, no team can sign free agents or draft picks, or even trade players.
However, that hasn't stopped any of us from talking about possible trades or free-agent signings.
Thus far, the rumor mill has been obsessed with quarterbacks and the following list is no different.
Here are my top five rumored trades so far in the 2011 locked-out offseason.
Denver to Trade Kyle Orton
There has been very little talk on which teams would be interested, but franchises that have popped up have been Washington, Cincinnati and Cleveland.
I highly doubt Washington will trade for Orton and take on his salary, however, the Browns don’t really have a No. 1 guy, and with Carson Palmer demanding to be traded or released from the Bengals, they could be in the market for a new QB.
Carson Palmer Wants out of Cincinnati
Yet another quarterback trade rumor, jeez.
By now you all know that Carson Palmer has demanded his release or a trade.
Owner Mike Brown has said he will do no such thing, but there have been a couple of teams that have been rumored to be interested if Brown changes his mind.
First up, it has been rumored by Sports Illustrated that Mike Holmgren of the Browns is interested in acquiring Palmer.
The Washington Redskins have also been mentioned, but I highly doubt that they’re interested in trading for another veteran quarterback.
However, if Palmer is released, I think the Skins would have some serious interest in him.
Reggie Bush out of New Orleans
Finally, a rumor that doesn’t involve a quarterback.
Couple that with the Saints drafting Mark Ingram and the league moving kick-offs to the 35 yard line, (which could neutralize Bush’s kick-off returns) and the Saints may not have a need for him anymore.
Depending on the asking price, Bush could be a nice change of pace back for a number of teams out there.
If the Saints were serious about trading Bush, I'd look for the Green Bay Packers to jump to the front of the line.
Donovan McNabb to Minnesota or Arizona
McNabb won’t be a Redskin next season—it’s just a matter of whether a team will trade for him or if he’ll be released.
The two front-runners to land McNabb are Arizona and Minnesota.
Both are good fits for McNabb and he’ll be a lot cheaper than former teammate Kevin Kolb.
Of the two, I’d say that the Vikings will be the landing spot. They’re not as desperate as the Cardinals are and since they drafted Ponder they’ll more than likely want an older stop-gap than a younger QB like Kolb.
Kevin Kolb to Minnesota or Arizona
There have been several teams mentioned, but the two that come up the most are the Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings.
Both teams lack a good veteran presence, but the Vikings at least drafted Christian Ponder.
The Eagles right now are asking a steep price—a first round draft pick. I’m not sure if they’ll get it. Honestly, I think they’ll end up with a second and maybe a fourth or fifth.
Of the two teams, I’m willing to bet that the Cardinals would be willing to give up more for Kolb, given their complete void at the QB position.