Clark Judge of CBS Sports confirms reports that Carson Palmer is done in Cincinnati, saying that according to two sources that Palmer will never play for the Bengals again. Reports like this have fueled speculation that the 31-year-old quarterback could be available for someone like Seattle if made available in a trade.
However, Bengals owner Mike Brown has been steadfast in his stance that he will not trade Palmer. Plus, Palmer is due to make $50 million over the final four years of his contract, so the Seahawks likely would want to restructure that deal if they went through with a trade.
But because of his age and his relationship with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, Palmer makes some sense if Seattle does not re-sign Matt Hasselbeck and is looking for a veteran quarterback to add to the roster.
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“It is unclear what finished him with the Bengals, with one source saying "it's a number of factors that built up over time," but he's so steadfast in his decision that one head coach at the NFL scouting combine told me he was sure Palmer wouldn't play again for Cincinnati.
When I notified him that the Bengals had no intention of dealing him, the coach shook his head and said, "Well, then, he'll retire. He's not going to play there again." I've heard that from too many places not to take it seriously, which, I suggest, the Bengals might start doing.
"There's a peace about him with this decision," said another person close to Palmer. If Palmer were available there would be a line of suitors forming before the April draft. Arizona, Minnesota, Tennessee, San Francisco and Carolina all need starting quarterbacks, and you might throw Buffalo, Miami, Washington and Jacksonville in there, too, as well as Seattle -- what with Matt Hasselbeck a free agent and coach Pete Carroll having coached Palmer at USC.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a look at a few players that some of the mock drafts have Seattle selecting in the first round.
ESPN’s Mike Sando debates the Matt Hasselbeck issue, and whether the Seahawks should keep him or let him go in this video link.
ESPN 710 Seattle's Brock Huard talks about what the Seahawks should do if Hasselbeck does not come back in this video link.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times says don’t count out a possible return to Seattle Hasselbeck once he hits the free agent market, saying that the move could be a ploy to establish his market value so he can sign an deal with the Seahawks.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com discusses what to look for in terms of improvement for Auburn quarterback Cam Newton’s pro day today.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post does the same thing for Newton and Arkansas QB Ryan Mallet, who also has his pro day today.
The National Football Post will be hosting a live chat of the Auburn pro day beginning at 10:30 Pacific time if you’re looking for blow-by-blow coverage.
Adam Caplan of Fox Sports says that because of the deep talent of defensive linemen in this year’s draft, a team like Philadelphia could get good return value in a trade for quarterback Kevin Kolb.
Check out New England quarterback Tom Brady getting his groove on during Carnival in Rio in the video below.