To no surprise, Jonathan Joseph has made John Clayton’s top free agent list, that according to an article on ESPN.com. While Joseph will surely discuss a new contract with the Bengals, who have lots of money to spend, it seems very likely that he will test the waters of free agency and should command a top salary. To complicate matters for the club, PacMan Jones is still in a neck brace and was recently arrested. The need to address the secondary should be a top priority for the team now that the lockout is over.
Eric recently posted an article about the possibility of a Palmer for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie trade, and I agree that it would be a great addition to the team. Another plus for the Cardinals in that scenario is that Palmer is under contract for four more seasons, meaning that Arizona’s version of Mike Brown (aka Bill Bidwill) would not have to spend any money up front on his new QB. Kolb will be in the final season of his deal so look for him to demand a hefty pay raise to become someone’s starter. While I love the idea and it makes a lot of sense for both teams, Palmer has really hurt his stock after a few years of substandard play, no playoff wins, and his recent displays of selfishness. It might require the Bengals to throw in a mid round draft pick to get the Cardinals to accept the deal, but it would be worth it to get an exectrifying corner and kick returner in his prime. The team could then turn their attention to Leon Hall, who will be an unrestricted free agent next offseason.