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Updated May 20, 2011 - 10:59 pm

Sporting News says Palmer worth a first-rounder for right team

PHOENIX - The Arizona Cardinals seem to have a number of options to choose from in their search to find a new starting quarterback.

The Sporting News believes that Cincinnati Bengals' quarterback Carson Palmer would be a great fit for their team.

"Overall, if a team had a good talent base but was lacking at quarterback, strongly pursuing Palmer makes sense. His value right now stands as a conditional second-round pick that could become a first-rounder based on the team's success. With those parameters, the Cardinals, Dolphins and Redskins would be the best fit for Palmer."

Many have suggested, as bad as they were last season, the Cardinals are still a good team, but just didn't have anybody to replace Kurt Warner when he retired.

The idea would be to plug Palmer in for Warner next season and Arizona could return to at least being in contention to win the NFC West and get back to the playoffs.

The Sporting News identified how Palmer's strengths could benefit an Arizona team that suffered from poor quarterback play last season.

"He possesses a very strong arm and can zip the ball on deep "in" routes. Palmer does not panic or hurry with rushers closing on him, or when the pocket starts to get squeezed."

"Palmer consistently shows a willingness to throw the ball away to avoid pressure and does not force passes into bad spots. He has a quick, compact release, which helps him get rid of the ball quickly with good accuracy and velocity."

However, depending on who you believe, the Bengals have stated so far that they have zero interest in trading Palmer even if he follows through on his promise to retire rather than play for the Bengals again.

But if the Cardinals were to offer up a first round pick for Palmer, it might make it hard for Cincinnati to pass up since they will be getting nothing for Palmer to just sit at home.


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