Peace of mind?
All kidding aside, what is Bengals owner Mike Brown thinking?
Carson Palmer hasn't put up the numbers he is capable of since a rash of injuries hit his knee and throwing arm. Nonetheless, he is still viewed as a very valuable player at quarterback across the league. Why play hardball? Why not make a deal with his college coach?
This is not a knock on Seattle QB Charlie Whitehurst. Chuck just isn't Carson Palmer. Carson is game tested, has won two titles in one of the toughest divisions year in and out in the NFL. Although 31, he as gas left in the tank.
Cincinnati recently drafted TCU quarterback, Andy Dalton, in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft. The Bengals may not be returning with their top two receivers from 2010, but that's probably a good thing. They've added Georgia rookie A.J. Green to go along with second-year pro Jordan Shipley. A changing of the guard is happening in Cincy, and Mike Brown just needs to get with the program.
A deal for Palmer would make too much sense for Seattle. The Seahawks play in the worst division in the universe and still finished under .500. They have a strong running game with Marshawn Lynch carrying the rock and grabbed a pair of guards early in the draft. The emergence of Mike Williams on the outside and John Carlson at tight end make for a decent pair of targets.
The team also has second-year pro Golden Tate, who underwhelmed as a rookie, but largely due to the quarterback play. Matt Hasselbeck (turning 36 in September) is a free agent and is showing signs of diminishing skills, as he had one of his worst statistical years since becoming Seattle's starter in 2001.
How do these teams get from no deal to deal? Pretty simple really—Palmer is going. The price tag Mike Brown will put on him at first is going to be tremendous. Let's pretend that teams have inquired and perhaps have whittled that figure down. If not first-round picks, I think the deal can get done with a pair of second-round selections or Golden Tate and some picks.
Tate would give the young Dalton three reliable targets (Green, Shipley and Jermaine Gresham at tight end) and the opportunity to add more players via the draft.
The Seahawks would more than likely want to keep Golden Tate. I think if it's just picks being dealt, they pull the trigger all day. Tate's departure would give them serious cause to say "no," as it would not be in their best interest to trade for a QB by giving up one of his developing targets to make it work.
Ultimately, I think something gets worked out between the two franchises. What that comes down to is anyone's guess.