NFL Trade Deadline: Kyle Orton and Carson Palmer Will Not Go Anywhere

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIOctober 14, 2011

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 19:  Quarterback Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals calls a play at the line of scrimage while playing the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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With the NFL's trade deadline approaching, the rumor mills are swirling.

ESPN's Adam Schefter recently detailed two "sensible trades" that caught my eye.

Actually, he detailed five trades, but let's focus on the two involving quarterbacks.

First, let's take a look at Carson Palmer.

I will admit I am a fan of the semi-retired Bengals quarterback. In the offseason, it would have made sense for him to be traded to several teams.

Now, we're five weeks into the season. The players he would be playing with and against are in game shape, while he is not. Would it make any sense for the Seahawks to trade for him?

There is some reason to say yes.

He knows Pete Carrol. Palmer won a Heisman Trophy at USC with Carrol as his coach. However, would he be worth two draft picks, as Schefter suggested?

You need to ask yourself this: if the Seahawks traded for Palmer, would they make the playoffs? Even though the 49ers are off to a good start, the NFC West is not a terribly impressive division.

By win-loss record, if the 49ers falter, the Seahawks are the team that will win. Still, I am not seeing that.

For one, I think the 49ers are good enough to win that division relatively easily. There is something different about them this year.

Second, even with Palmer I don't think the Seahawks are the team to beat them. If it was for just one draft pick I would be more on board. As it is, I am not. Palmer would take too long to get into game shape.

My doubts are based on speculation and opinion that Palmer wouldn't get into game shape fast enough, or that he wouldn't help the Seahawks enough even if he did.

If you disagree with those assessments, you probably think that Palmer would be a good move for Seattle.

Kyle Orton to the Dolphins is a different story. Could anyone explain that to me?

The Dolphins may not be as bad as 0-4 would suggest, but facts are facts. This is an 0-4 team in a division with two 4-1 teams and also the team that made the AFC Championship Game in each of the last two seasons.

What in the world is Kyle Orton going to do for them?

The best he could do is come in and win a few more games. However, that would only take them out of the running for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft and wouldn't get them anywhere near a playoff spot.

Unless Orton is seriously being thought of as their quarterback of the future, this move would make no sense.

If that was the case, it would still make no sense.

Schefter himself even says that the trades aren't likely:

"Let's list five trades that should be made but probably won't by the trade deadline."

These two trades should not be made. For the sake of the Seahawks and Dolphins, I hope that Schefter's assessment that they won't be made comes true.

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