Posted by Will Brinson
Much has been made of the possibility that the Bengals could clean house after 2010, with Marvin Lewis, Carson Palmer, Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco all up in the air in terms of returning.
On Sunday, CBS Sports' Charley Casserly reported on The NFL Today that Palmer will return but Owens will not.
"First of all, Carson Palmer will be back as the quarterback next year," Casserly said. "Now, who he's going to throw to, I think you'll see some changes. Terrell Owens will not be back, the act has worn thin."
Casserly also commented on the status of Chad Ochocinco, who's quickly fallen out of favor with some public comments about his "mopey" nature.
"Now, our man, Chad Ochocinco -- he tweets last week that he'd like someone to pick up his option," Casserly said. "Guess what Chad? They picked it up three years ago. You're under contract for next year, $6 million, not guaranteed. I wouldn't bring him back, that act has worn thin."
Ocho's status as an expensive and older wide receiver make a tough pickup at $6 million and it seems really unlikely that the team would re-sign Owens as well.
They have young, talented receiving options with Jordan Shipley and Jermaine Gresham, and adding one more younger star to the roster would give them significant weapons going forward without crushing the team's chemistry.
Whether Palmer can improve on his 2010 performance remains to be seen, but it appears the Bengals believe they're at least in contention with him at quarterback.
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