It’s no secret that the Cincinnati Bengals are in the market for a quarterback, no matter how many times owner Mike Brown says he hopes Carson Palmer will return.
Their search for a successor to Palmer includes, on Friday, a private workout with former Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The workout will take place in Ponder’s hometown of Dallas.
Ponder previously has worked out in Tallahassee for the Vikings, Broncos, Eagles, Dolphins, Titans, and Patriots. He has visited the Bills, Bengals, Titans, and (today) the Redskins.
Ponder falls in the second cut of quarterbacks, a five-man group consisting of Jake Locker, Colin Kaepernick, Ryan Mallett, and Andy Dalton. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess when and where they’ll land.
As to the top of the class, Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert, it’s hard to imagine either guy being available after the fifth pick.