Minnesota Vikings Need to Make a Move for Carson Palmer


If ever there was a team that was in need of a capable backup quarterback, it was the 2012 Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota busted the door down to get into the NFC Playoffs last season, crashing the party as one of the hottest teams in the league with a real chance to do some damage in January. As we now know, that didn’t happen, largely due to an injury to Christian Ponder and the ineptitude of backup quarterback Joe Webb.

As the Vikings head into free agency, Webb and someone name McLeod Bethel-Thompson are the two quarterbacks sitting behind Ponder on the depth chart. That cannot sit well with Minnesota fans.

I’ve said from the beginning that Ponder could be an effective starter in the NFL. For the most part, he has been just that — doing everything he can to manage games and let stars like Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin be the difference makers. That said, I believe he is capable of more.

The problem with Ponder has been a lack of a mentor. With Terrelle Pryor looking to take over in Oakland and Carson Palmer on his way to becoming a cap casualty, an opportunity may exist that appeals to multiple parties.

WIth the lack of talent at the quarterback position in this year’s NFL Draft combined with the shortage of capable and dependable backup quarterbacks in the NFL, there may never be a better time than right now for someone like Carson Palmer to revitalize his career.

The door is wide open for the Vikings to grab Palmer as both a solid mentor and a capable backup for Ponder.

I don’t see a better situation for Palmer to step into than the one in Minnesota. He has a chance, even as a backup, to step into a locker room and become a team leader immediately¬†without¬†the pressure of being the savior of a franchise as he was hailed by many to be in Oakland. Furthermore, the Vikings are the closest thing to a contender (outside of Seattle, who runs a offense not suited to Palmer’s physical abilities) who would be willing to pay Palmer decent money to be a backup.

The move would be a win for everyone involved. Not only would Minnesota have a solid backup, but Palmer would be in a position where he could conceivably win the starting job — something that may not even mean the end for Ponder, but in fact be a learning opportunity for a quarterback who has not had many of them during his NFL career. It would be a great opportunity to watch a proven veteran work with the tools at Ponder’s disposal, perhaps opening his eyes to some things he hadn’t seen before.

Palmer might even want to sign a short-term deal with with that exact scenario in mind, hoping to prove his worth and earn one last chunk of change from a team desperate for some sort of stability, even for only a season or two, at the quarterback position. I can see that being a realistic possibility in 2014 with teams like Jacksonville, Buffalo and Arizona.




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3 thoughts on “Minnesota Vikings Need to Make a Move for Carson Palmer

  1. Logan
    March 9, 2013 at 10:15 am

    You are an idiot. The last thing the Vikings need is another Jeff George, Warren Moon, Brett Farve, Donovan McNabb fiasco. Wonder why we have never win a superbowl? Because people like you are too busy thinking about what if we brought this old QB in to try for a year. That’s not how you build a dynasty. Do you see any superbowl teams winning with old QBs? No. Ponder is a brilliant QB with a freaking Masters degree on top of it. He lead us to our first winning season since the Brett playoff run in the toughest division in football. Did you not see us beat the Packers for the first time since, I can’t even remember. With him learning and growing and with AP running strong we could be unstoppable. Doubters do nothing but hurt our season. All season long it was put Webb in, put Webb in. Well we did, and it was the worst QBing in the NFL all season. I don’t know what kind of stories you normally write but they must not be about football. The worst thing we could do is put some old slow has been in to run our team. Gee, what was the Raiders record last year, and what was the Vikings? Stick to the fairy tales!! This isn’t congress where a bunch out of date old dudes are hired to waste everyone’s time. This is football, home of the gladiators!! It’s Ponder to Percy, Ponder to Peterson! It works.

    1. March 9, 2013 at 11:29 am

      Thanks for reading the headline, clicking on the article and making a b-line straight to the comment section without reading the article. Had you read it, the article had to do with acquiring Palmer as a backup and mentor for Ponder to avoid the Joe Webb fiasco.
      I did briefly mention that Palmer could conceivably win the starting job if Ponder was terrible, but, again had you read the article, you’d have seen the part where I said I believed he was capable of being more than just an average QB.

      Thanks for reading…the headline.


    2. March 9, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      I think this could be a break-out year for Ponder! I think we would have advanced in the play-offs with Ponder behind center. One thing about Ponder is he will give 110% and do whatever it takes to win! What we don’t have is a Wide Receiver who scares anybody and until we do we will be a 9-7 or 10-6 football team! Remember Randy in 98? He scared the s–t out of people. Robert Smith was “great”!! but we have a runner who is “something” else! We need a Wide receiver who is a threat to score a touchdown on any given down and distance!!

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