If Carson Palmer isn't traded, he's going to retire. John Clayton believes that Palmer will sit out the 2011 season. The stalemate remains. In the meantime, the Bengals invited Arkansas' Ryan Mallett to Cincinnati for a two-day visit starting on Thursday -- the same day that Cincinnati will shift towards the championship contending Cincinnati Reds.
If the Bengals elect to draft defense or a wide receiver in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, there's a great chance (we'll almost calling it a slam dunk) that the team will draft a quarterback in the second round. One of those could be Mallett; though a Cincy Jungle favorite prefers Florida State's Christian Ponder.
One of those reasons is leadership.
According to a source, Miami Herald's Armando Salguero writes:
The problem with him, I'm told, is not whispers of narcotics use or even a drunken disorderly arrest last year. The question with Mallet, one very good NFL source tells me, is the kid is said to have absolutely zero leadership skills. None.
On the other hand, ESPN's Draft Tracker writes about Ponder's toughness and leadership:
Throwback quarterback with great toughness. Continues to improve as a leader each year. Is commanding the huddle now. Is proving to have the physical and mental toughness it takes to succeed as an NFL quarterback.
We don't need perfection. We just need someone that wants to be here, becoming a natural leader in the process. Something not on the roster right now.