It cracks me up to read around the net how NFL observers are so seemingly surprised to report how the Bengals are “apparently” acting under the assumption that Carson Palmer will not be on the team in 2011. This has gotten even more play this weekend when Marvin Lewis was asked if his starting quarterback was already on the roster. His reply of, “I don’t know that,” obviously hit a lot of people harder than it did me.
In my mind, the team’s pursuits in Indianapolis are both wise and prudent. Whether Palmer returns to the team in 2011 and beyond, retires or gets traded, the organization’s careful evaluation of the quarterbacks coming out is to be expected.
The most recent speculation du jour seems to be around how enamored the team might be with Auburn’s Heisman Trophy winner, Cam Newton. So much so that Mike Brown himself is participating in the interviews. Frankly I’m more astonished he doesn’t sit in on all of them since he fancies himself a GM, but I digress.
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