Bengals QB Carson Palmer is taking on more of the role of team leader, and on the teams site today he spoke out about the season and WR Chad Johnson, saying in so many words that C.J. will not break the team this season and that he would like to see him be a part of what the Bengals hope will be a winning year.
“What he’s not going to do is come in and break apart what we have going right now. That sure as hell is not going to happen,” Palmer said. “I don’t know how big of a circus, how little of a circus. I like where we’re at. Hopefully he comes in and fits in with what we’ve created here.”
Johnson has spent a lot of time in the news recently and most of the offseason for that matter, talking about wanting out of the Queen City. When it became apparent that was not going to happen by what the team stated, Johnson started to change his tune, saying that despite what he had previously said, he would be at camp with the team.
Palmer, who always in the past seemed to get along with Johnson, said that he does not feel all that bad for the wide out: “They re-paid Chad a top deal. : They rewarded guys. Guys signed contracts, so they obviously thought it was a good enough deal to sign.” For now, Palmer just wants the team to get back to where it was a few years back when it was 11-5. Getting Johnson in and happy will go a long way in doing that.