Reasserting his desire to be traded, Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer reportedly told a confidant recently that he “will never set foot in Paul Brown Stadium again.”
Palmer, 31, has four years remaining on a his contract, which the Bengals extended in 2005. The Seahawks, meanwhile, don’t have their starting quarterback under contract for next season. John Clayton reported Tuesday that, according to a source, the team and Matt Hasselbeck are “far apart” in contract talks.
So if the Seahawks can’t re-sign Hasselbeck, would Palmer be an option?
In Wednesday’s Blue 88, Brock Huard said no, citing Palmer’s hefty salary and what the Bengals would likely demand in a trade:
“First of all for the Seahawks, like Kevin Kolb, you’re looking at probably a first round pick. I don’t think they can afford to give that up. Secondly, if you trade for him, remember this guy is due $11.5 million in 2011 and 2012, (and the Seahawks would also be) on the hook for another $27 million in the final two years of that deal in ’13 and ’14. Though he is familiar with Pete Carroll, I think the cost is too excessive for Carson Palmer to be a Seahawk.”