Poll: Who will quarterback the Bengals?

April, 25, 2011
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It's the question everyone wants to know in Cincinnati: Who will be under center for the Bengals in Week 1?

At this point, the Bengals are not even sure after franchise quarterback Carson Palmer demanded a trade and threatened to retire. The organization is holding out hope that Palmer will have a change of heart by the time football season comes around in September.

But if Palmer doesn't return, who will take over?

Will it be Palmer's younger bother, Jordan, who has taken a leadership role this offseason by organizing workouts with receivers. Jordan Palmer believes this is a golden opportunity to be a starting quarterback in the NFL for the first time in his career.

Could the Bengals find their long-term solution in this week's NFL draft? They have been linked to just about every top quarterback prospect, including Auburn's Cam Newton, TCU’s Andy Dalton and Arkansas' Ryan Mallett. This week's draft gives the Bengals their first chance to search for "Carson Palmer insurance."

Or will it be an outside veteran such as Vince Young or Kevin Kolb? If the Bengals do not find any alternatives in the draft, they would have to explore the trade market or free agency.

Using our SportsNation poll, let us know who you believe will quarterback the Bengals next season and share your thoughts in the comment section below.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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