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Originally published October 18, 2011 at 8:02 PM | Page modified October 18, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Cross Carson Palmer off list of possible Seahawks quarterbacks

The Seahawks will make a change at quarterback, eventually. But they won't be adding Carson Palmer, who was traded by Cincinnati to Oakland on Tuesday.

Seattle Times NFL reporter

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The man with two last names was at the top of Seahawks' quarterback speculation in 2011.

No more.

Carson Palmer is headed from Cincinnati to Oakland in a trade finalized Tuesday for what could turn out to be a pair of first-round picks from the Raiders.

Guess when Bengals owner Mike Brown said he wasn't going to trade Palmer, he meant that he wasn't going to trade him for anything short of a king's ransom. The one thing this iteration of the Seahawks front office has shown is that it's not going to be leveraged into making a quarterback decision.

There are a lot of adjectives you can apply to Seattle's decision-making at that position, but desperate is not one of them. They didn't feel pressured to trade for Kevin Kolb any more than they felt obligated to re-sign Matt Hasselbeck after the lockout.

Palmer had history playing for coach Pete Carroll. He won a Heisman Trophy under Carroll at USC and became the No. 1 overall pick, but Seattle wasn't any more willing to mortgage its next two draft classes to add a quarterback who turns 32 in December and has two Pro Bowls on his resume than it was to pry Kevin Kolb out of Philadelphia.

Seattle has passed the trading deadline in Carroll's second season as coach, and the Seahawks still have not made the quarterback commitment that will define whether this third run as an NFL coach is more successful than his first two stints.

That sounds like a criticism. It's not.

Anyone out there wishing Seattle would have used the second of its two first-round picks in 2010 on Jimmy Clausen? Because there were some people who thought the Seahawks should do just that.

Anyone bemoaning the fact that Seattle didn't acquire Kolb instead of Arizona? The Cardinals had to fork over a second-round pick and a starting quarterback just for the privilege of paying him as much as $63 million over the next five years. For all that capital, Tarvaris Jackson has a better career quarterback rating and more wins as a starting quarterback this season.

Not to say there isn't room for second guessing. Rookie Andy Dalton is playing extremely well in Cincinnati, and he's someone the Seahawks could have chosen in the first round of April's draft. This weekend in Cleveland, Seattle will get a look at Colt McCoy, who was a third-round pick in 2010.

If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a whole franchise to commit to a quarterback, and it appears that's going to be the last piece Seattle cements in place on its offense.

That player won't be Palmer as the Raiders were the ones who put together "The Godfather" offer, the one the Bengals couldn't refuse.

The Seahawks remain in a holding pattern. They have taken two-year fliers on another team's backup, acquiring Charlie Whitehurst from San Diego in 2010 and signing Jackson this year while rebuilding the offense around them.

At some point, though, Seattle is going to have to take the plunge at quarterback, though, whether it's with a player like Matt Barkley or Landry Jones, who could be available in the draft, or with another team's rising backup, like Matt Flynn in Green Bay.

But after Tuesday, you can cross Palmer's name off the list of potential quarterbacks for Seattle's future. He's spoken for.

Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or doneil@seattletimes.com

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