The Cincinnati Bengals appear to be on the verge of moving their pre-season training camp away from Georgetown College, according to a story posted on the team Web site Saturday night.
If that happens, the Bengals probably would stay with their regular-season facility at Paul Brown Stadium. The team has reached an agreement to use the University of Cincinnati's indoor facilities on bad-weather days this season.
Bengals President Mike Brown also said he has not changed his mind about dealing holdout quarterback Carson Palmer, and that he's confident that rookie starter Andy Dalton is the team's quarterback of the future.
In explaining the impending relocation of training camp, Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson noted that the team usually has announced a deal with Georgetown by this time of the year. However, the new NFL collective bargaining agreement limits practices, and there is a possibility of an 18-game schedule being approved. So Brown is considering options.
"It is different now in the way you practice, with the new restrictions that are on. What we found is that we're really just practicing once a day," Brown said. "And when you practice once a day, is it necessary to go away to training camp with dorms and all the stuff that you have? The purpose of the dorms is to give the players a chance to rest when you're practicing twice a day. That's a big change, and it plays into our thinking. Again, the schedule could change. I don't know when or if that could happen. What you are seeing across the league is a tendency by teams to stay at their own location."
Brown suggested that stands won't be installed at the practice fields across the street from PBS, but he indicated that the stadium could be opened during camp for various night practices, as well as the intrasquad scrimmage.