Bengals try to gain leverage in negotiations

While the Bengals appear most interested in Carson Palmer, they have also begun negotiations with the agents of Byron Leftwich and Terence Newman.

Updated: April 18, 2003, 5:42 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

While some league pundits question the manner in which the Cincinnati Bengals have played out the negotiations for the first overall pick in the draft, as they talk contract with three candidates for that No. 1 spot, it is difficult to rip the franchise for trying to apply a little leverage.

That said, the Bengals' contention that the contract to which they agree with the eventual first pick should be tightly modeled after the one signed in 2002 by top choice David Carr of the Houston Texans, ...

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