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Why The Dolphins Should (Not) Go After Carson Palmer

The rumors this week out of Miami are that the Dolphins are interested in Cincinatti quarterback Carson Palmer. Not only are members of the Dolphins organization interested in him, but Fins legend Dan Marino also in favor of the Dolphins trying to acquire Palmer, for the right price.

And those are the keys words, for the right price. You see, Dan would be interested in the former USC quarterback only if the Dolphins would be able to nab him for a 2nd-3rd rounder.

The problem with that is that the Bengals owner Mike Brown is very high on Palmer, and it will most likely require a 1st round pick as well as some other form of compensation to ship Palmer from Cincy to South Beach.

At this point in Palmer’s career, is a 1st round pick really worth the trouble, for a stopgap at best? I say no. Heck, I would have to be in love for a player to trade away my 1st round pick, and would have to strongly consider and debate on whether to trade away my 1st for someone like Kevin Kolb, who has more of an upside.

While you could argue that Palmer is already a proven commodity and is a solid player who, with the right weapons, can lead you to the playoffs, Palmer also is 32.  With a solid line and enough capable receivers, Palmer can make something out of nothing. Palmer is not the most mobile quarterback, which gets him in trouble and throws him out of his comfort zone.  

Sorry, but just about any quarterback can do something with enough time to throw the ball. Palmer may be an above average quarterback, but he is still going to turn 32 in December. That’s a lot of mileage on a quarterback who had played in 100+ games by the end of last season.

I’d much rather spend my 1st round pick on someone like Kolb, or even Ryan Mallet. At least we would get more years out of them at the least, and I’m one of those guys who likes to take a gamble on something anyway, especially with the upside that could come out of acquiring Kolb or a QB in the draft.

While in the end it may not take a 1st round pick to nab Palmer (he is threatening to retire rather than play for the Bengals again next season), I would still wonder whether or not it would be worth it to give away draft picks at all for Palmer.

Right now the Fins should be trying like all get out to get themselves a 2nd round pick back. The Dolphins have more holes than just at quarterback, and to fill those holes, they need to select some playmakers in the draft; like Mallet, like Titus Young, the speedy receiver from Boise State, like Mikel Leshoure, or Mark Ingram. The thing is, the Dolphins need to have a great off-season in both free agency and on draft-day to get themselves back into playoff contention next year. So why go all in on Palmer, when you know for a fact you need to upgrade at not only quarterback, but at running back, guard, tight end, and even at receiver?

I see the Dolphins addressing certain needs through free agency, and some through the draft, but besides trying to garner more draft picks, one aspect of the off-season where I do not expect them to make any big splashes is via trade.

With the injury to Chad Pennington, which likely places him out for the season, if not the rest of his career, the Dolphins now are in dire need of a quarterback who can come in and challenge current starter Chad Henne. But Carson Palmer just is not that answer for anything more than a 3rd rounder. Plus the word out of Cincy is that Mike Brown does not want to part with Palmer under any circumstances.

So it looks like that idea is out the window, so which other veteran quarterback are the Fins going to be linked to next?


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One Response to “Why The Dolphins Should (Not) Go After Carson Palmer”

  1. Jason says:

    You could at least spell “Cincinnati” correctly.

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