Palmer-to-Arizona hits $nag Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! With Matt Flynn now in Oakland, and with some extra guaranteed money, it's been expected that diva glory boy Carson Palmer will end up with the Cardinals at a reduced salary for 2013.

But according to Jason La Canfora, the negotiation on a Palmer-to-Arizona deal has hit a $nag, one that has apparently reduced the trade from inevitability to unsure thing.

FWIW, La Canfora refreshingly thinks the Raiders are wise to get rid of the "pouty" "malcontent," while CBS colleague Pete Prisco says Oakland is making a big mistake by swapping out Palmer for Flynn, and he thinks Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald could be a lethal combination.

Why isn't Palmer just forcing the Raiders to cut him, so that he can land somewhere completely of his own choosing? Mike Florio thinks it's about trying to avoid any further hits to Palmer's image.

Broncos

Jack Del Rio attended the recent pro days of Georgia, Alabama, and FSU.

John Clayton says Denver is still Dwight Freeney's likeliest landing spot, but that Detroit could snag him, and he's interested to see whether Ryan Clady will be the next franchise-tagged player to end up regretting his decision to turn down a long-term offer from his team.

Captain Obvious is in prime offseason form, requiring his trusty Rolodex to learn that Wes Welker will help make the Denver offense a matchup nightmare, and that Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker figure to see more passes than Welker's fellow wideouts used to in New England.

Wesley Woodyard joined Mayor Hancock in speaking out against child abuse on Monday.

News

The Chiefs have reportedly narrowed their options down to four prospects for the top overall pick.

Indy added Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey for one year; Washington retained CB DeAngelo Hall, also on a one-year deal; the Giants will visit with Eagles DT Mike Patterson.

Word out of Baltimore is that coach John Harbaugh wanted veteran safeties Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard to GTFO of town, following the near-mutiny reported by the Ravens team cook Mike Silver.

Utah DT Star Lotulelei has been given a clean bill of health, and the diagnosed heart issue that kept him out of combine drills is being attributed to a virus.

Buffalo will work out QB Ryan Nassib, whose coach at Syracuse was Doug Marrone, the Bills' new head man.

Analysis

All this QB movement by the league's worst teams may end up costing the Chargers a chance at drafting a top prospect to be their starting left tackle, a spot currently occupied by King Dunlap. Meanwhile, Andrew at OTC goes over San Diego's potential dead money situation going forward, finding the team in pretty good shape there.

Ashley Fox thinks that when/if Arizona solves their short-term QB problem by acquiring diva glory boy Palmer, they should draft Geno Smith as their long-term answer.

Chase Stuart considers the possibility that the play of Texans RB Arian Foster has declined over the past couple of seasons.

The CBS guys have updated their mock drafts, with Denver taking either OSU DT Johnathan Hankins, UCLA DE Datone Jones, or Alabama DT Jesse Williams.

Khaled Elsayed revisits the Ravens' drafts of 2008-2010.

Larry Brown recaps the day's best sports-related April Fools' jokes.

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