- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are some questions and answers on Ohio's two NFL teams:
James Walker: I would say the chances of both returning are slim considering their big contracts and Carlos Dunlap's emergence. Dunlap will take one of those starting roles at defensive end next season. So I anticipate the Bengals cutting at least one of these high-priced veterans to slash salary.
Ben Welker from Wilmington, DE, wants to know what personnel do the Bengals need most in their new offensive system.
Walker: Cincinnati needs to make sure it has a quarterback first, Ben. That's the most important thing. Carson Palmer wants out and that has put the Bengals' organization at a standstill. Other needs on offense include running back, depending on what happens with starter Cedric Benson.
Kevin from Columbus, Ohio, and David from Cincinnati want to know why I think the Bengals are at least two years away from competing for a playoff spot.
Walker: It's pretty simple, Kevin and David. Cincinnati is rebuilding in 2011 and won't make the playoffs in my opinion. Therefore, the Bengals are at least two seasons away from being a playoff team. If you think Cincinnati will make the playoffs in 2011 when it's not even sure of its starting quarterback, there is nothing wrong with agreeing to disagree.
Josh from Cleveland wants to know why the Browns didn't trade defensive tackle Shaun Rogers.
Walker: Rogers' contract was too large, he was banged up and coming off his least productive season. That made him impossible to trade. But I think Rogers, in the right situation, still has something left. That's why the Washington Redskins and other teams are wasting little time with visits. A motivated and healthy Rogers could definitely help a contending team.
Dan Svirbely from Duncannon, Pa.,, wants to know if Donovan McNabb is a possibility for the Browns.
Walker: Not happening, Dan. New Browns coach Pat Shurmur was McNabb's longtime quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia but don't anticipate a reunion in Cleveland. The Browns are going full speed ahead with Colt McCoy, and the last thing this team needs is another quarterback controversy.
Kory from Hillsborough, Calif., writes: James, what's the plans for the offseason regarding the AFC North blog?
Walker: We're going to keep the party going, Kory. The games are finished, but there's plenty of offseason stories to follow with the draft, free agency and new coaches in new places. Palmer's future also is something big to monitor this offseason. There won't be any shortage of stories. So keep reading.