2011 NFL Offseason: Would Carson Palmer be a Good Fit for the Titans?

James WilliamsonSenior Writer IFebruary 24, 2011

CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 26:  Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass during the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals 34-20.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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I have this kind of compulsion—I check Sports Illustrated's website constantly to read the best kind of material, so I can learn from the best, and therefore become the best.

On the Website, Don Banks had a new article about the Tennessee Titans—"QB-less Titans a tough challenge for Palmer," was the teaser.

When I read the word "Palmer," I immediately thought of Carson Palmer. So my brain did the quick arithmetic and assumed the Titans had traded for Carson Palmer.

However, when I checked the article, I found that the Mr. Palmer in question was actually the new offensive coordinator Chris Palmer, and how he has a severe challenge this coming season with only Kerry Collins and Rusty Smith as his quarterbacks.

In that fortuitous instance of me jumping the gun, I realized that no one has been talking about the possibility of Carson Palmer being realistically traded. Nor, to my knowledge, has anyone mentioned the idea of a team like the Titans trading for Palmer.

Why not?

Carson Palmer is certainly a better option than Kerry Collins in terms of age, and Rusty Smith is just not a guy who strikes me as an NFL star.

Carson Palmer is also a great fit, because the Titans aren't looking for a Peyton Manning or Kurt Warner to throw rockets for touchdowns. Instead, the Titans rely on the run game of Chris Johnson, and the occasional leaping catch from Kenny Britt, to win games.

Additionally, they signed Randy Moss midseason and Moss had the worst statistics he's ever had with only 28 catches for 393 yards and five touchdowns. That tells you that, while they may need a Pro Bowl passer, they don't want one.

Carson Palmer has not been the same quarterback since he tore a ligament and tendon in the elbow of his throwing arm in 2008. Despite that, he is still a good quarterback. He's smart, can make throws to receivers like Kenny Britt, and can hand the ball off to Chris Johnson.  He's mature, he's a leader and he wants out of Cincinnati.

He'd be a great fit in Tennessee.

The question is, who can the Cincinnati Bengals get for Carson Palmer?

I say we take a look at recent precedent. By recent, I mean a year ago when the Philadelphia Eagles traded their franchise quarterback, Donovan McNabb, to the Washington Redskins for a mere second round draft choice with an option of a 2011 fourth round pick depending on how well McNabb played.

The Eagles used that pick on safety Nate Allen, and the Redskins got a quarterback. The second round pick was the 37th pick in the draft. The Titans are eighth in the draft order this year, so if they could send up the 40th pick of the draft along with a fourth or fifth round option in the future, they could get a stable quarterback, and use the eighth overall choice on another player like a defensive lineman or cornerback.

Will it happen? I don't think so. I believe that owner Bud Adams is going to want to do the popular thing and draft Cam Newton if he has the chance. Adams liked Vince Young, and Vince Young's abilities are similar to Newton's.

However, if I was in charge, I'd consider making this deal because the best quarterback prospect in college, Andrew Luck, is still at Stanford. I'm not convinced about Blaine Gabbert or Cam Newton at this point.