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Palmer Knows Ochocinco Would be Asset to 2009 Cincinnati Bengals

CINCINNATI - AUGUST 31:  Carson Palmer #9 and Chad Johnson #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals talk on the sideline during a NFL preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts on August 31, 2007 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
John BreechCorrespondent IMay 31, 2009

In case you don't listen to the Petros and Money show on Fox Sports radio (and it's very possible you don't since their show just made its way to Cincinnati on April 29), Carson Palmer made a revelation to the Southern California-based duo on May 28: The Bengals would love to have Ochocinco in camp.

For the first time all off-season, Palmer said something positive about his much maligned wide receiver. "He's a damn good receiver," Palmer said on the show Thursday. "That's obvious, everybody knows that."

However, Palmer did admit, that he, like everybody else, is clueless as to when Ochocinco will start taking part in team activities, "When he shows up, he'll show up and hopefully he's in great shape and he's ready to play."

Palmer also elucidated on comments that he made earlier this off-season to Sirius Radio that maybe the Bengals don't need Ochocinco. "I never once said anything about not wanting him and not needing him," the former Pro Bowl MVP said.

"He's a Pro Bowl reciever. He's put up a ton of yards. He's extremely dangerous to cover."

Palmer finished by telling the large radio audience that, "We would love him when he comes here, but he's not here right now."

Whether or not you're an Ochocinco fan, this is good news. Palmer coming out on a national radio show and fawning over Chad's skills just may be what the star WR needed to hear to feel wanted.

However, as has been the case all off-season, Chad has remained silent. There is still no word on whether or not he will join the team for any remaining OTA's or even if he'll show up for the team's mandatory mini-camp on June 18.

The next chance to look for Chad will be June 2-4 when the Bengals are back on the field for another round of OTA's.

 

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