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It’s hard to predict the Bengals’ intentions when it comes to Carson Palmer. Palmer says he wants out, and the fan base is ready to escort him to the door. Still, ownership won’t hear of it. So, it appears there are two possible scenarios here (all CBA issues not withstanding):
In scenario one (more likely), Palmer stays a Bengal because Mike Brown would sooner hire a legitimate scout team than let a player push him around (zing!).
In scenario two (much less likely), some desperate team offers Brown an ish-load of draft picks for Palmer and he accepts.
In either scenario, if the Bengals want to compete in 2011 (and, to be fair, nothing tells me they do) they have to be careful. Quarterback is truly the most important position in sports, so if Palmer stays they need to involve him more in the direction of the offense, but they also need to draft a QB that he can begin to mentor.
If they do let Palmer go, it becomes immediately incumbent upon the organization to not only draft his replacement, but also to sign a veteran free agent QB to steer the ship while the newbie gets his bearings. Because, let’s face it Bengals fans, the only thing more frightening than another season under Palmer is, well, the current alternative: another season under Palmer…Jordan Palmer.