Apparently, somebody in Cincinnati believes Carson Palmer won't return to the Bengals. The surest evidence was there Friday when the Bengals made their first draft pick of the second round, and would Andy Dalton please step down?
Cincinnati did the right and necessary when it chose Dalton. Dalton is experienced, smart, talented and successful. Most important, he's ready to step in and play, which means if Palmer doesn't return -- which he told the Bengals he would not -- the club has the perfect quarterback to learn on the fly.
Of course, if Palmer pulls the upset and changes his mind, Dalton is the ideal guy to sit and wait, too, learning from one of the game's top quarterbacks.