Although Bengals fans endured a tough season full of injuries, controversy, and questions, their head coach Marvin Lewis has signed a new, unspecified extension and he’s made it clear that he’s keeping his injury-prone quarterback Carson Palmer with him.
“No question in my mind that Carson Palmer is our quarterback,” Lewis said in an appearance on “Mike and Mike in the Morning.” “He really weathered quite a storm this year and took another step as a leader.”
What does this mean for the two shine-stealing, coon, reality TV, wide receivers??
The future of Palmer’s top two receiving targets is also up in the air. Terrell Owens, 37, is a free agent this offseason, and Chad Ochocinco, who on Sunday will turn 33, is scheduled to make $6 million in 2011 unless the Bengals cut him, which they can do at no cost to the club.
Ochocinco’s numbers were down this season, as many teams game-planned around the receiver.
“He didn’’t have the kind of season starting out that we hoped he would have,” Lewis said. “As Terrell drew more and more of the coverage, we found ways to get the ball to Chad.”
Ochocinco also missed the Bengals’ final two games with an ankle injury. However, Ochocinco is the Bengals’ franchise leader in receptions (751), receiving yards (10,783) and touchdown receptions (66).
“[Ochocinco] is under contract for the 2011 season,” Lewis said. “He’’s a member of this football team and at some point he’s going to address his ankle this offseason and move forward.”
To his credit TO played pretty well this year, but his recent interviews and comments about the team and coaching will probably have him looking for a new gig next year. As for Chad, we’re sure Evelyn will keep him plenty occupied whether he gets cut or not.