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NFL Trade Rumors: Why the Arizona Cardinals Should Make a Move for Carson Palmer

CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 26:  Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass during the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals 34-20.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Matthew WolfeCorrespondent IIIJuly 25, 2011

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer has made it very clear that he is unhappy in Cincinnati.The Bengals do not be seem to be taking him seriously, even though he has stated that he would rather retire than play for them.

Cincinnati will have to move the quarterback eventually, and Arizona seems like an excellent fit. There are three teams in the NFC West looking to make a trade for a quarterback, the other two being the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers.

It has been rumored that Eagle's quarterback Kevin Kolb will be headed to the desert, but if that falls through, why not Carson Palmer?

The former Heisman Trophy winner and first overall pick in 2002, Palmer has always had a ton of potential and Arizona could be the place where he could finally break out.The Cardinals offense has just about all of the pieces to be a contender, with the main piece missing being a QB.

The NFC West is a division that is up for grabs and putting a veteran quarterback on that roster could be the key to success, just like when Kurt Warner brought them to Super Bowl XLIII.

The run game is developing nicely with the combination of Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower, and they have arguably the best receiver in the league in Larry Fitzgerald 

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f paired with the right quarterback, Fitzgerald could take his game to a whole new level and become the clear cut best receiver in football.

There are other options out there when it comes to quarterback such as Kevin Kolb and Donovan McNabb, but the Cardinals are in need of a veteran quarterback who can bring them the NFC West title and Carson Palmer may be that guy.

The Cardinals failed in drafting a quarterback in this years NFL Draft and with Palmer they know what they are going to get. They will be getting an average quarterback who has the potential to have a few big games.

The Philadelphia Eagles are asking for two top picks for quarterback Kevin Kolb, and for Palmer the Cardinals would likely only have to give up a second rounder.

In May, Kurt Warner was asked on Dan Patrick's radio show who he thinks would be the best fit for the Cardinals at quarterback, and he replied Carson Palmer.

"I would take Carson. He would fit the Cardinals offense perfectly."

Who would know who fits the offense better than the former QB that brought them to the Super Bowl?

Palmer may not be the first quarterback on the Cardinals radar, but he should definitely be considered.

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