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The other side of the Carson Palmer coin

There is always another side to the proverbial coin.

When I discuss the interest I've perceived from the Dolphins for Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer -- based on conversations I've had with folks within the organization -- I always am very careful to point out this account only applies to Miami's interest.

I cannot tell you exactly what will happen when the lockout is lifted and players are allowed to be traded because I am not certain what the Bengals will do about Palmer. And they also get a vote. Yes, I believe the Bengals have offered small hints here and there they might be willing to part with Palmer for the right price.

But I haven't actually talked to the Bengals, I don't know what the price would be, and I have no clue what the Dolphins would think of that price.

That is the other side of the coin. And Geoff "Butch" Hobson, who was so good at covering the Bengals for so long the team waved the white flag and actually hired him (If you can't beat them, hire them), says the trade winds for Palmer are so still, there are no trade winds.

Not for the third-round pick Dan Marino suggested he would give. Not for anything any of you are willing to part with, based on my reading of your comments.

"... If [the Dolphins] think it’s going to take Dan Marino’s suggested third-round pick, they should take a drug test," Hobson wrote recently. "Mike Brown giving up Palmer for only a third-rounder? Never happen. Brown giving up Palmer period? Maybe less than never."

I sat next to Hobson during the NFL annual meetings in New Orleans. He mentioned more than once to me he thinks Palmer is simply outstanding. He said watching him during practices, he's seen Palmer make every single throw imaginable -- dashing the theory Palmer is too injured and diminished to make a difference any more. He also, on more than one occasion, compared Palmer to Jim Plunkett.

Plunkett, like Palmer, was a former No. 1 overall pick. Plunkett, like Palmer, had his share of struggles with a struggling franchise that drafted him. And Plunkett was traded to the Oakland Raiders where he won a couple of Super Bowl titles.

If that analogy is accurate, Palmer would be exactly the right veteran QB to chase once the NFL labor situation is settled.

I suppose that's the third side of the coin. Um, yeah, the third side of the coin.

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Fin4life,

Armando pointing out in this blog topic inside Dolphin sources saying they like Palmer. Only leads me to believe that again they're not fully doing thier homework before bringing guy.

Just hopping on the internet Ive found enough to draw huge red flags questionable enough not to bring him in. Palmer seems to be no more than an older Chad Henne. And this fo is scaring hell out of me if they're seriously considering bringing him in and overpaying for him.

Later f4L

You guys kill me! In a good way! You are hilarious.....collectively! DyingB I got your feelings about Palmer....I don't disagree...we are stuck with Henne like it or not. If I owned the Dolphins I would not want to pay much for Palmer....so what a 3rd rounder would get might be fair, in my mind. As far as Jim Plunkett is concerned, I brought him up in personal emails to Armando at the beginning of the season, Palmer is no Plunkett. BTW, did you know Plunkett, a journeyman QB, won 2 SBs and is not in the hall of fame

You guys kill me! In a good way! You are hilarious.....collectively! DyingB I got your feelings about Palmer....I don't disagree...we are stuck with Henne like it or not. If I owned the Dolphins I would not want to pay much for Palmer....so what a 3rd rounder would get might be fair, in my mind. As far as Jim Plunkett is concerned, I brought him up in personal emails to Armando at the beginning of the season, Palmer is no Plunkett. BTW, did you know Plunkett, a journeyman QB, won 2 SBs and is not in the hall of fame

Palmer reminds me of Ricky...satisfied with being great, not necessarily making his team great. These guys are not Champions at heart because they have experienced the pinnacle of success on a personal level all their lives and no longer need gratification.

Heard someone make the Palmer/Plunkett analogy. True the Pats were a horrible organization in Plunkett's tenure there just like the Bengals are for Palmer.

But the huge difference is if we get Palmer can we also get a young Marques Allen? You guys remember him. He was the guy that nearly single handily won a SB for Plunkett. LOL.........

Redsky,

pPlunkett's not in the hof because both years he led the Raiders to SB victories it was after the starting qb had gone down to season ending injury. In 1980 Dan Pastorini suffered a broken leg in week 5 or 6, and Mark Wilson suffered a season ending injury in 1983.

Both years Plunkett won SB's as the backup starter.

I like today's poll on the quarterback choice. Bring in Vince Young, draft a good rookie and let them all duke it out in camp. Now, is that the preception of our brilliant brain trust?

T-Minus 17 days and counting......................

palmer to phins would be better than the crap they've bought in SINCE Marino retired. PERIOD. The phins wouldbe smart to go get him. they missed on brees due to stupidity. this regime missed on ryan! THEY MUST GET A QB for this team. you CANNOT win without a QB. defense can't win EVERY GAME. And bad QBs hurt defenses (by turning over or not moving the chains) I would give up a 1st round for him but take some cincy drafts picks back in later rounds.

Dying, so basically you're saying a guy who led a team to 2 SBs is not good enough to be in the HOF 'cause he was the back-up? He still did the job and belongs there....my opinion.....thx

They should sign Vince Young!! Huge upside low cost!

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