Report: Bucs Thought Palmer Was TheirsSeptember 27th, 2013
NFL inside Adam Schefter last spring had an innocent Twitter where he said the Bucs had reached out to pursue then Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer. It didn’t happen.
Joe made mention it back then, but the news barely created a ripple.
This week after Bucs franchise quarterback Josh Freeman was benched, Palmer reignited the flames saying the Bucs contacted his agent “a lot.” Now, after some digging, Schefter finds out Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik thought he had a trade worked out for Palmer.
Tampa planned it out. It had extensive talks to try to get a trade done. A deal was within its grasp, so much so that the Buccaneers believed Palmer would be theirs.
And just when the Buccaneers thought they would land him, the Cardinals stepped in and made an offer the Raiders could not refuse. Arizona, not Tampa, got the trade done.
In the end, one of Palmer’s agents, Dave Dunn, helped steer his client to Arizona instead of Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers felt jilted, betrayed. It did not play particularly well in their training facility. And the Buccaneers had little choice but to find their new emergency backup quarterback, North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon, in the third round of the draft.
Palmer started out this season terribly but has progressively improved each week. It will be interesting to see how he does against the Bucs.
It’s a major “what-if” had Dominik landed Palmer. If he did, would Freeman, never shown to be mentally strong to begin with, have melted down in the preseason with Palmer on the roster? Would Freeman have been traded last offseason?
Just what the hell happened to Freeman, after posting career-year numbers in 2012 before he hit his typical December freeze? Did he do to want Schiano (and/or Dominik) to want to wash hands of him so badly, so quickly?
Joe’s smelling something here and it isn’t because he hasn’t jumped in the shower yet.