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CINCINNATI (AP) - The Bengals have Carson Palmer’s replacement onboard.
With their franchise quarterback insisting he wants out, the Bengals took TCU’s Andy Dalton in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night, their second straight pick aimed at replacing one of their most important players.
They took A.J. Green from Georgia with the fourth overall pick in the opening round, bringing in a receiver who can take over for Chad Ochocinco, the franchise’s all-time leading pass catcher. One round later, they brought in a new quarterback.
“That was good,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “We spent a lot of time on this, no question. It’s a big, important, important pick, important piece.”
Dalton quickly will get the chance to become the next face of one of the NFL’s most dysfunctional franchises. The Bengals have only two winning records in the last 20 years, going through quarterbacks at a pell-mell pace while continuing to lose regularly.
“He’s going to be a great quarterback in this league, in my opinion,” new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said. “He’s going to get a lot of opportunity to do that, come in here and compete for the job right away. What else do you want as a rookie quarterback?”
The Bengals hit a franchise low point last season, matching the club record by losing 10 in a row and finishing 4-12 with an offense built around Palmer, receivers Ochocinco and Terrell Owens, and running back Cedric Benson. It was so alarming that Lewis played out his contract, unsure he wanted to stay.
After two days of talks with owner Mike Brown, the coach agreed to an extension. Then, Palmer said he wanted out, asking for a trade. He told Brown that he’d rather retire than return. Brown has so far refused, leaving them in a stalemate.
Ochocinco has a year left on his contract, but thinks he’ll be released. Owens won’t be back. And Benson is a free agent.
There’s a lot of change going around, and Dalton is suddenly at the center of it.
“It seems like a lot of guys might not be around,” Dalton said, in a conference call.
The pick totally rearranges the Bengals’ depth chart at the position. Their No. 2 quarterback is Jordan Palmer, who is Carson’s younger brother. Jordan Palmer has never started an NFL game. Third-string quarterback Dan LeFevour was a rookie last season who never got into a game.
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