The Cincinnati Bengals draft right behind Buffalo at fourth overall in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft and their head coach Marvin Lewis apparently isn’t shy about revealing what position takes priority.
At the NFL owners’ meetings, Lewis, when asked to assess the need for a wide receiver and the need for a quarterback, said that the quarterback need was greater. That according to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Bengals beat reporter Joe Reedy who tweeted as much this morning.
joereedy Lewis comparing the needs at WR and QB: “The QB need is greater.”
Yes, it’s obvious that Cincinati has a QB issue with Carson Palmer demanding a trade or threatening to retire, but Bengals owner Mike Brown at the owners’ meetings this morning reiterated that he has not spoken to any NFL teams about Palmer’s availability because he has no intention of trading him. Trades are not possible now anyway.
I really don’t think a lot should be read into this. It’s common posturing by NFL clubs and knowing that Broncos team president John Elway is doing something similar in hinting at quarterbacks in the Broncos spot at 2 only lends further credence to the fact that these clubs are trying to see what level of interest might be out there for clubs looking to possibly move up the draft board.
And it appears that the Vikings at 12 could be one of those teams interested in doing so. With the Bengals talking about quarterback over receiver, it could encourage Minnesota to jump in front of Cincinnati, which could benefit the Bills with options at third overall. Who knows?
Tags: 2011 NFL draft, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings
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