Carolina’s Carson Palmer Conundrum

There’s been talk around Charlotte (yes, we’re talking about you @sportsyapp ) that the Panthers could be interested in trading for Bengals QB Carson Palmer — who recently has emphatically asked for a trade.

While on the surface it sounds enticing, you have to wonder what the 31-year old QB would cost the Panthers, both in draft picks to acquire him and salary.

Palmer’s cap value this upcoming season is $11.5 million, and inheriting his contract, which goes through 2014, would see him paid – at minimum – $14 million in the last year of the deal.

Do the Panthers, who are admittedly starved for even a capable starter at QB, want to trade valuable assets (likely draft picks) for a declining, overpaid quarterback?

In 2006 he suffered what was then called a career-threatening injury where he shredded most of the ligaments.

Carson Palmer underwent reconstructive surgery on his injured knee in Houston, Texas on January 10, 2006. Dr. Lonnie Paulos, a surgeon who is independent of the Cincinnati Bengals, performed the operation. Initially, the Bengals organization stated that Palmer had torn the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments with no other damage. However, Dr. Paulos later told the Associated Press that the damage was more extensive and also included a dislocation of the patella. Paulos called the injury “devastating and potentially career-ending”, which drew a derisive comment from Carson Palmer which implied Paulos simply liked to see his name in print. The Bengals, however, later accepted Dr. Paulos’ assessment [1]

Nonetheless, Carson Palmer vowed he’d be the starting quarterback in the Bengals’ regular season opener at Kansas City on September 10, 2006.

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis stated: “This is a serious injury, but we are told the procedure went very well. We know Carson, and we know he will apply himself fully to his rehabilitation. This result encourages our feeling that Carson will be ready to open the 2006 season as our starting quarterback”

In 2008 he suffered a torn ligament and tendon in his throwing elbow, where he elected NOT to have Tommy John Surgery and instead rested it to try to allow it to heal.

The cause of Carson Palmer’s sore elbow was later diagnosed as a partially torn ligament and tendon and he was shelved for the remainder of the season. Palmer elected not to undergo Tommy John surgery to repair the damage; instead, he chose to rest the elbow to allow it to heal. By March 2009, Palmer said that he was “100 percent” again.

and then 2009 …

Carson Palmer finished the 2009 season with a 60.5 completion percentage, 3,094 yards passing, 21 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, and a passer rating of 83.6. He seemed to have taken a step back from where he was in 2005, 2006, and 2007.

and last season …

Despite throwing for nearly 4000 yards and 26 touchdown’s, the team finished last in the division.

What do you think? Should the Panthers trade for Carson Palmer?