Posted by Josh Katzowitz
You’ve got to love Bengals RB Cedric Benson – if not for his play, which has been more than solid since he moved to Cincinnati, then for his honesty. He had no problem ripping commissioner Roger Goodell, even before it was en vogue to do so, and though he’s extremely low key and talks softly when giving interviews, it’s only a front for the intensity of his words.
So, when Benson talks, it usually pays to listen, and when he’s talking about “will he return to Cincinnati or will he retire” Carson Palmer, he makes an interesting point.
“It wouldn’t be healthy for the team to bring him back,” Benson told SiriusXM NFL Radio, via Pro Football Talk. “To bring him back would be detrimental to the team. If he’s there [and] not happy he’s not gonna give us his best.”
I’m not sure I agree with that last sentence, because Palmer is nothing if not professional. Let’s face it, there’s little chance Palmer has been happy in Cincinnati the past few years, but he never said anything negative about the organization (though you could tell, at times, that he really, really wanted to spill it).
But Benson also is probably right that it wouldn’t be healthy for Palmer to return. As for Chad Ochocinco?
“For this team to be a winner, management needs to make changes,” Benson said.
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