The Cincinnati Bengals stink and are looking to next year.
The lowly Bengals have lost seven in a row. There was a time when Terrell Owens wrote that the Bengals would be Super Bowl contenders. Yeah, seems like yesterday, huh?
They could fire Marvin Lewis, of course. Check here for a list of candidates if that happens.
Anyway, the Bengals need to be bold. Here is how they can solve their problems.
Vince Young and Carson Palmer are two quarterbacks that need a change of scenery.
Young, like Steve McNair before him, has fallen out of favor with Titans coach Jeff Fisher. Palmer, like Jon Kitna before him, is an average quarterback with questionable arm strength.
Here is how their contracts stack up (from RotoWorld):
2011: $8.5 million (+ $4.25 million roster bonus), 2012: Free Agent
2011-2012: $11.5 million, 2013: $13 million, 2014: $14 million, 2015: Free Agent
The Bengals may have to pay some of Palmer's salary to make it work. This deal would give Fisher the pocket quarterback he desires, while the Bengals would get an athletic playmaker.
The Bengals should follow these steps:
1. Draft Cam Newton.
2. Install the spread offense with some wildcat mixed in.
3. Watch the wins pile up.
Let Vince Young play in 2011, and then Newton can take over in 2012.
Last year, the Bengals proved that they can run block. The Bengals should go with their strengths.
Check here for some pros and cons on drafting Newton.
Logan Mankins is a two-time Pro Bowl guard who currently plays for the Patriots. There is a good chance Mankins will be available to the highest bidder at the end of the season. That team should be the Bengals.
Mankins would improve the line immediately.
On the field, Shawne Merriman hasn't played well in a long time. Off the field, Merriman has had his share of problems.
This sounds like the perfect player for Mike Brown to bring in. Line him up on third downs and let him sack the quarterback. Merriman should still be able to do that.
At the end of the season, the Bengals should part ways with all of these players:
1. Antwan Odom
2. Robert Geathers
3. Terrell Owens
4. Chad Ochocinco
5. Cedric Benson
6. Roy Williams
7. Tank Johnson
8. Frostee Rucker
9. Chris Crocker
10. Jordan Palmer