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For Now, Carson Palmer Remains Off The Market

For those hopeful that the Seahawks will acquire Carson Palmer if Matt Hasselbeck decides to walk, well don’t get your hopes up quite yet.

According to notoriously stubborn Bengals owner Mike Brown, he is leaving only one escape route available for Palmer; retirement.

At day one of the NFL Spring Meeting, Brown reiterated:

“We don’t plan to trade Carson. 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.”

As it currently stands, Palmer does sit in a pickle if deep down inside he has any desire to play. Even if he does retire, there are still 4 years, $53 million left on his current deal. If he decided to come out of retirement after sitting out a year, the Bengal’s would still own his rights.

The Brett Favre trick only worked because he had one year left on his contract and once that contract ran out none of the 32 teams owned his rights when he “retired” a second time. He entered the league as an unrestricted free agent, Palmer would still have three years left on his deal and would be the Bengals property.

His only ticket out of town is a trade or a release.

From a common sense standpoint, I would lay off the hardline stance and just trade the guy. After finishing 4-12 you have too many holes to fill to let a valuable commodity like Palmer go to waste. Mike Brown however, is a very stubborn man and regardless of the sense it makes to deal him, will probably force Palmer to show his bluff or retire.

If he is available, he is the clear cut best option available if the Seahawks are unable to get a deal done with Matt Hasselbeck.


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