The Miami Dolphins have an obvious need for a quarterback or two. All of us are expecting that there will be at least one, and maybe two, new quarterbacks on Miami's roster when training camp rolls around.
We all know the names being talked about, too. The four top quarterback prospects in April's NFL Draft. The veteran free agents. The guys likely to be waived by their current teams. The possible trade targets. Now we can add another potential trade target to the list.
Even though the Bengals are bringing back head coach Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer is reportedly demanding a trade. The ESPN report even claims Palmer would be willing to consider retirement if his wish is not granted.
Of course, the Bengals had a disgruntled player last offseason who demanded a trade - and he is still there. So this situation can certainly change over the next few months. But you have to imagine that the Dolphins will spend some time evaluating Palmer and considering the possibility of trading for the 31 year old veteran.
Dolphin fans, though, seem to be interested in favor of making a play for the former first round pick. It's important, though, to keep in mind that this isn't the same Carson Palmer that threw for over 12,000 yards and 86 touchdowns over three seasons from '05 to '07. Palmer hasn't exactly been the same since suffering an elbow injury that nearly forced him to undergo Tommy John surgery in 2008.
Since the injury, Palmer has noticeably lost velocity on his passes and has been inconsistent with his accuracy. Palmer also has never been the most mobile quarterback in the world - and has become even less mobile in the pocket as age has caught up to him.
With all that said, Palmer still could bring a lot to this Miami offense. His experience and leadership alone has to tempt this Dolphins front office. And regardless of his lost velocity, Palmer's ability to read defenses and anticipate throws would be a giant plus for an offense that was just plain bad in 2010.
There are two other factors to consider here, though. One, of course, is Palmer's cost. What will it take to get him from the Bengals? A first round pick? If so, is that worth it?
What about Carson's insane contract. Palmer is still owed $50 million over the next four years, including a salary of $11.5 million in 2011. That's a steep price to pay for an aging quarterback.
Perhaps even more importantly, the Dolphins might not even be able to trade for Palmer - or any other player, for that matter - for quite a while. No players can be traded until there is a new collective bargaining agreement reached. Can the Dolphins afford to wait as long as it may take to trade for Carson?
Palmer is an intriguing option. But even this former first overall pick wouldn't come without numerous question marks.