The Miami Dolphins off-season has been, ummmm, has been, uh…well, non-existent. As has anything related to the NFL without the words, “Lockout”, “CBA”, and “Decertification” attached. Today, we get some real football information. No, the Dolphins haven’t signed anyone and they haven’t suddenly reported to the training facility. Nope, word on the street is that the Cincinnati Bengals are close to deciding the future of QB Carson Palmer.
I didn’t say it was big news, just something worth talking about.
It’s been speculation much of the off-season that the Dolphins would have a lot of interest in the Bengal star QB if he were available VIA trade. The Bengals had said from the outset that they would not trade him and would not release him. Now, it appears that stance has softened considerably and realizing that Palmer’s statements regarding retirement are far from a simple grandstand, the Bengals may be inclined to allow Palmer to leave as they now appear to be the front running rumor to land Eagle back-up Kevin Kolb.
If the Bengals do in fact trade or release Palmer, the Dolphins would likely be one of the first teams to try and reel him in although it’s been reported as well, that Palmer is hoping to land a little closer to his California home state. Arizona Cardinals? San Francisco 49′ers? Both are far closer than South Florida. Still, that doesn’t mean the Dolphins wouldn’t try nor that Palmer would decline in favor of a team that is further west.
For now it really is nothing more than chatter but given the off-season topics thus far, anything is better than nothing. The Dolphins still are favorites to add a QB VIA the draft to compete with Henne and perhaps now Palmer. If they add both, it’s safe to say that Tyler Thigpen will get his wish to leave as well.