What Happens If Carson Palmer Does Report to Bengals?

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.

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4 Responses to “What Happens If Carson Palmer Does Report to Bengals?”

  1. Mark Black says:

    You obviously don’t know Mike Brown and the history with his franchise, but I hope your right in what you say. There’s a reason why the Bengals are the worse team in the NFL. It’s not the players and it’s not the coaches. It’s the Bengals owner who turned down every draft pick in 1999 from Mike Ditka and selected Akili Smith 3rd overall. That’s just one Mike Brown failure that sticks in my head, but there’s many decisions Mike Brown has made to make him the worse owner in sports. Mike Brown has been Bengals owner for 20 years without 1 playoff win. I believe 2 of those 20 years were winning seasons. When you look at Mike Brown’s stats, it’s easy to figure out why this is not a winning franchise. To sum up Carson Palmer, Mike Brown has stated he will not reward Carson Palmer out of a commitment, but when will Mike Brown ever reward the fans???

  2. Boomer Lion says:

    I think this POV discounts too quickly the option of the Bengals just starting him if he shows up. I just don’t see Mike Brown letting himself be forced into a move he doesn’t want to make when he doesn’t have to make it. The salary cap is a non-issue and honestly, as much money as Carson makes, his salary is chump change to Mike Brown – and his pride is obviously worth a lot to him (see refusal to hire GM, which is all about pride not dollars).

    If Carson shows up he’ll sit until he learns the offense and then he’ll start until we get an offer for him that Brown’s ego can accept. It’s not any more complicated than that.

  3. Chuck says:

    You obviously don’t know Mike Brown. He is the biggest idiot to ever grace the planet much less the NFL.

    Long suffering Bengal fan…

  4. steve says:

    seattle will pony up a number one, shame if it cost them Luck, but thats how desperate teams are, even for 9