Carson Palmer Would Be Bengals Starting QB If He Returned

Carson Palmer's story with the Cincinnati Bengals continues without a real resolution in sight. The Bengals QB wants to be released or traded before the 2011 season and, if that doesn't happen, he's prepared to retire. We're not quite sure what the Bengals think about that but they did select a quarterback in the 2011 NFL draft in QB Andy Dalton.

Dalton may not be ready to play right away, especially with the lockout, so Palmer returning, even for one year, would be beneficial to Cincy. And if Palmer did change his mind and decide to return, he would remain the starting quarterback, head coach Marvin Lewis told Bengals season ticket holders in a conference call on Wednesday. Lewis said Palmer would be the starter and Dalton would be groomed to become the quarterback of the future.

In the conference call, Lewis said of Palmer: "Carson feels like his time here is over. He feels like the best thing is to retire and spend time with family."

So the question now is whether Palmer will actually return. Plenty of smart folks around the NFL have said he's serious when he says he'll retire if he's not out of Cincinnati. 

SB Nation's Cincy Jungle apparently believes Palmer won't return as they're already doing the research on other quarterback options for the Bengals. 

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