With the Bengals drafting their quarterback of the future last month but apparently still holding out hope that Carson Palmer will choose to be their quarterback of the present, running back Cedric Benson thinks that, if Palmer wants out, the team should accommodate him.
“It wouldn’t be healthy for the team to bring him back,” Benson told Maurice Jones-Drew and Bryan McGovern of SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Late Hits, via McGovern’s Twitter page.
“To bring him back would be detrimental to the team,” Benson said of Palmer. “If he’s there [and] not happy he’s not gonna give us his best.”
As to receiver Chad Ochocinco, Benson used more general words, but his point was clear. “For this team to be a winner, management needs to make changes,” Benson said.
Of course, one of the potential changes could be Benson himself. He’s due to become a free agent once the lockout ends, and there’s no guarantee that he’ll be back.