QB Palmer still the Bengals' choice

Updated: April 20, 2003, 11:36 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The Cincinnati Bengals might now be confronted by a scenario they had hoped to avoid.

Cincy still wants Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer, but the Bengals are hung up over differences involving the so-called "backside" issues of a contract, those elements that dramatically inflate the value of a deal if the prospect reaches predetermined performance benchmarks.

And Cincinnati is heading into the final days preceding the draft without an agreement in place with the first overall selection. ...

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