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Cross Palmer off Vikings list; Bulger a possibility?

Posted by: under Vikings, NFC Updated: May 23, 2011 - 3:48 PM

The lack of activity during the NFL lockout has led to numerous rumors about what teams might do when the work stoppage ends.

Much of the speculation surrounding the Vikings has focused on the quarterback position and if the team will add a veteran to help ease the transition of first-round pick Christian Ponder. Names that have been mentioned include Donovan McNabb, Kyle Orton, Vince Young, Matt Hasselbeck and Carson Palmer.

It appears you can cross Palmer off that list. Bengals owner Mike Brown made it clear Monday at the NFL Spring Meeting that he has no intention of trading Palmer, despite the fact the 31-year-old has said he wants to leave Cincinnati or he will retire. 

"We don't plan to trade Carson," Brown told NFL.com. "He's important to us. He's a very fine player, and we do want him to come back. If he chooses not to, he'd retire. And we would go with Andy Dalton, the younger player we drafted, who's a good prospect. Ideally, we'd have both of them. That'd be the best way to go forward. If we don't have Carson, we'll go with Andy."

Another interesting quarterback-related note has been provided by ESPN's John Clayton. Clayton reported that Ravens backup quarterback Marc Bulger doesn't want to sign with the Cardinals. This comes after there was a report in late April that Arizona had an understanding with Bulger about him ending up with the Cardinals.

Bulger, 34, will be a free agent whenever a new collective bargaining agreement is in place and he could prove to be a good fit to help Ponder in making what is expected to be a quick transition to becoming a starting quarterback in the NFL. 

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