Bengals Draft Pick Andy Dalton Could Be Rookie Starter If Carson Palmer Leaves

Who will be the Cincinnati Bengals starting quarterback next year?

There are a few options. First, we have to figure out whether QB Carson Palmer will be in Cincinnati next year. He says he'd retire before he returned to the Bengals. Second, there QB Jordan Palmerwho has been in the organization. Third, there's the Bengals second round draft pick QB Andy Dalton.

Could Dalton start right away? Bengals coach Marvin Lewis certainly didn't rule it out.

"It will be something we'll talk about - probably early next week," Lewis said. "We'll make plans one way or another. I don't think there's an exact need. As I said, I feel really good about the guy we were able to draft (Dalton), and if he ends up being the starter as a rookie, I think he can do that."

It's also possible the Bengals could be looking for a veteran quarterback if/when free agency hits. ESPN's Trent Dilfer predicted Dalton would be among the best quarterbacks in this class but even the best ones have trouble adjusting in year one so I could see a situation where the Bengals bring in another veteran to bridge the gap.

Check out Cincy Jungle for the full run down on the Bengals 2010 draft class. 

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