It’s something I have been pondering given the temporary quarterback situation here in Seattle.
What happens if Carson Palmer reports before the regular season in Cincinnati, forcing them to keep him for $11.5 million, trade him, or release him.
What happens when teams start hearing the whispers that they don’t want to keep him, and when that goes around, teams will just sit and wait for them to release him.
It’s a situation Palmer has tons of leverage in. The team has already committed to Andy Dalton as their franchise quarterback, they know that, fans know that, and other teams know that as well.
They are probably not about to install Palmer as the starter if he arrives, and they are definitely not paying him $11.5 million to sit on the bench either.
The only team really being linked to Palmer at this point has been the Seattle Seahawks. Palmer has moved his family to Seattle and it seems if he’s serious about retiring that if he were to play football he would want to play near his family.
If he does show up and teams just simply wait the situation out until Mike Brown has no choice to release him; what rationalization could Pete Carroll provide for not pursuing his former star?
The jump from Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst to Carson Palmer is astronomical. I have long been saying that the rest of this offense is built and ready to compete right now except a couple members of the right side of the offensive line and a certain quarterback whose making me envious of the Redskins situation. They have multiple pro bowl options in the passing attack and a pro bowl running back who just needs a stable offensive line to finally break free.
The defense has been stepping up as well and is posting impressive pre-season numbers. 11 forced fumbles and tied for 10th in sacks. If one unit can do good and one can be mediocre, that will be good enough to win the NFC West.
The problem is one unit can’t been good or even mediocre with Tarvaris Jackson as it’s starting quarterback.
Enter Palmer, and if the roster can stay sanely healthy, the NFC West would be a lock in my honest opinion.
If it does boil down to it and a trade is required, I believe at this point a fifth round draft choice would probably be enough given the unique circumstances and the crunch time involved with making a financial decision.
Remember under unique circumstances the Jets acquired Santonio Holmes for a fifth round draft choice recently and he ended up getting a 5 year, $50 million deal this off-season.
At this point, Seattle fans should be praying for Carson Palmer to report if they have any care about how the 2011 season turns out.