Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that when he talks to people in the Dolphins organization about the possibility of trading for Palmer, they sound open to the idea.
Granted, being open to a trade is a long way from actually pulling the trigger on it. And if anyone with the Dolphins actually told Salguero on the record that they were interested in Palmer, they’d be violating the league’s tampering rules. But, Salguero writes, people in the Dolphins organization say things like, “Carson’s pretty good,” or, “I like Carson,” or, “It’s one of our what-ifs.”
Salguero also writes that the Bengals may be coming around on the idea of trading Palmer. Although Bengals owner Mike Brown has indicated that he has no intention of trading his franchise quarterback, that might change when the lockout ends, if Palmer continues to insist that he’ll retire rather than play for the Bengals again.
Until the lockout ends, any talk of Palmer’s future is pure speculation. But we’ll start to get a better idea of where things are heading after the draft: If the Bengals take a quarterback in the first or second round, they’re clearly preparing for life without Palmer, and they may turn their attention to figuring out which teams would be interested in Palmer’s services. The Dolphins could make sense as a trading partner.