SEATTLE – Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has said publicly he wants quarterback Matt Hasselbeck back in a Seahawks uniform in 2011. But if Hasselbeck can’t be re-signed, would the Seahawks try to acquire Carson Palmer?
Palmer, the Cincinnati Bengals’ signal-caller since 2003, will ask the team to trade him and will consider retiring if the Bengals refuse, sources are telling ESPN. The report did not say if Palmer had a list of teams he wanted to be traded to.
What makes a Palmer-to-Seattle move a legitimate talking point is that he won the Heisman Trophy as quarterback of the USC Trojans under Carroll in 2002.
The Bengals have posted just two winning records in Palmer’s eight seasons. Palmer has taken some of the blame for that, but sources tell ESPN that the quarterback has been frustrated with the team’s inconsistencies.
In 2010, Palmer completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 3,970 yards, 26 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.
The Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers, Seattle’s NFC West rivals, may also be logical places for Palmer, the report stated.
Palmer was reportedly unavailable to comment on the rumors Sunday as he and his wife were awaiting the birth of their third child.