CINCINNATI - OCTOBER 31: Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Miami Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium on October 31 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Alright, so the whole Carson Palmer saga is getting old. Will he, won't he, he definitely will, I'm not sure, and so on. It's like beating a dead horse. Nothing is going to change for the time being. But there are still some teams around the league that have been eyeing Palmer as a potential trade target once a new CBA is in place. One team that has been rumored to have interest are the Miami Dolphins.
The question that needs to be asked though is what would it take for the Miami Dolphins to be able to pry away Palmer from Mike Brown and company? Knowing Brown it'll have to be a no-brainer type offer, which even then might get rejected in the blink of an eye if Brown sticks to his guns.
Ex-Bengal defensive lineman and All Pro Blogger John Thornton had an idea of a couple packages that the Bengals could seek. One would be a first and second round pick in the 2012 draft. Even if that seems like a high asking price for Palmer, it might be one that the Dolphins will have to make if they have any intentions of landing Palmer. It wouldn't seem like such a high asking price if the Dolphins become a more successful team then their first round pick would be towards the bottom of the barrel in the first round thus basically equaling a second round choice.
If Brown turns that offer down then the Dolphins could up the ante a bit by offering one of their star defensive players such as cornerback Vontae Davis and a second or third round choice. If this deal were to actually occur then Davis would provide the Bengals with more depth and be a potential replacement for either Johnathan Joseph or Leon Hall, depending on which player the Bengals are able to retain.
When taking an in-depth look at Davis there are quite a few factors that could convince the Bengals to push for him in a deal. For starters he's only 22- years-old and had four interceptions his rookie season, while only making one interception this past season. He has also compiled 107 tackles in two seasons, not bad for a cornerback. Davis isn't a superstar, but he could potentially morph himself into one here in Cincinnati under the guidance of defensive guru Mike Zimmer.
So if the Bengals finally decide to raise the white flag and give into Palmer's request to trade him, then the Miami Dolphins could be a team that swoops in and makes an offer that Mike Brown simply cannot refuse. Palmer would provide the Dolphins with their most legitimate quarterback since Dan Marino and the Bengals will have received something in return for Palmer instead of letting him walk away with no return. If the Dolphins were to offer Davis and a early round draft pick then Palmer could possibly be heading to Miami, but the biggest factor in all of this is Mike Brown finally realizing that Palmer won't be a Bengal and getting the best possible deal for Palmer.