I will highlight these tidbits after the jump.
Disclamier: As long as there is a work stoppage, none of this matters.• Carson Palmer is serious about not going back to Cincinnati. How does this affect the Vikings? Simple. One more team that will draft (barring any trades) before the Vikings has entered the Cam Newton/Blaine Gabbert sweepstakes. With a happy Palmer in the fold, the Bengals likely would have addressed other needs such as linebacker or wide receiver. If Palmer forces a trade or flat out retires, I expect the Bengals to take either one of the top 2 QB prospects #4 overall. Which means neither of these candidates will drop to #12. Another possibility of this situation is that the Vikings become a potential suitor for Carson's services. While this likely won't generate too many warm and fuzzy feelings for Vikings fans, Palmer definately would be an upgrade at the QB position, even if it is only a 1-2 year plan.
• Andy Reid apparently is serious about trading Kevin Kolb. Before you Kolb enthusiasts get too happy about this, according to this article apparently one team is willing to part with their 1st round pick to acquire Kolb's services. That team is likely not the Vikings. I believe that #12 overall is too high a price tag for a semi-veteran player with an injury history, 7 starts and mixed results in those starts. Moral of this story is that if a 1st round choice is the starting point in negotiations for Kolb, don't expect the Vikes to get into a biding war over him.
I do see two possible chain reactions which could affect the Vikings if Kolb is traded. 1. The team that acquires Kolb takes themselves out of the "draft a QB sweepstakes," potentially allowing a QB that the Vikes like to fall. 2. The Eagles become interested in a QB in the second round or later (as insurance for Vick) which could affect the Vikings strategy in the later rounds.
• Arizona could be the landing spot for Marc Bulger
Marc Bulger's name has been mentioned as a candidate to land in Minnesota. But the Cardinals might just hope that this former Ram's QB will revive his career the way Warner did in the desert. I still believe that if the Cardinals like a QB in this draft class, they will draft that QB regardless if they sign Bulger or not.
Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/03/20/mmqb/index.html#ixzz1HG1v5KNJ