INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 02: Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals watches from the sidelines during the NFL preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 2 2010 in Indianapolis Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
You have to hand it to the media, once again generating the conversation to bring quarterback Carson Palmer back into the spotlight. ESPN's Bob Holtzman reported Thursday night that quarterback Carson Palmer was at Paul Brown Stadium in late July; a report that was confirmed to have happened. This prompted Yahoo! Sports Jason Cole to write that Palmer isn't "reporting anytime soon." Oh, really?
According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer the meeting took place before the team's media luncheon in which Mike Brown educated us on the meaning of commitments (aka, commitments to him, not vice versa).
"Carson signed a contract, he made a commitment. He gave us his word. We relied on his word and his commitment. We expected him to perform here. If he is going to walk away from his commitment we aren’t going to reward him for doing it."
Palmer meets with the Bengals and later Brown says that? Oh yea, I'm sure Palmer is beating down on the door to return.
Since Holtzman's report there's been a flurry of conversation, some suggesting Palmer will report to the Bengals, to being traded to a team like the Miami Dolphins or the Seattle Seahawks.
In the end, there's nothing new. In early August former Bengals offensive lineman Willie Anderson tweeted that Palmer was in Cincinnati, talking with the Bengals.
@OreoBrien He just left Cincy recently is all I'm saying. Time for everyone to Move on. I was wrong. I tried convincing cuz I want him back
Anderson followed that up, recanting a statement that he believed Palmer would be returning.
I told you all I retract my CP Comeback Statement. Sorry! I was told its not happening. The 2 parties just met, and Sadly Its not happening
We pointed all of this out in early August and the results were the same now as they were yesterday when Holtzman reported them.
When asked about it on Thursday night, head coach Marvin Lewis said:
"Carson is retired. Anything else?"
Nope. We're good.