“We don’t plan to trade Carson,” Brown said on Day One of the NFL Spring Meeting in Indianapolis. “He’s important to us. He’s a very fine player, and we do want him to come back. If he chooses not to, he’d retire. And we would go with (2011 second-round pick) Andy Dalton, the younger player we drafted, who’s a good prospect.
“Ideally, we’d have both of them. That’d be the best way to go forward. If we don’t have Carson, we’ll go with Andy.”
Palmer has four years and $53 million remaining on his current contract, which he signed in December of 2005. Palmer has battled elbow and knee injuries during his career, but is coming off his second consecutive 16-start season. Palmer completed 61.8% of his 586 pass attempts for 3,970 yards with 26 touchdowns last season, but with that came 20 interceptions, five of which were returned for touchdowns.
The 31-year old has been linked to several quarterback-needy teams this off-season, most commonly the Seahawks, where he has ties to former USC head coach Pete Carroll.