Florio has been writing for weeks that the Carson Palmer saga isn’t over. The fact Palmer hasn’t filed retirement papers is driving speculation inside the Bengals that Palmer will show up to work.
We noted last night Palmer met with the Bengals in July, and Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Bengals called Palmer last week. Publicly, the Bengals are sending out the same old message.
“Carson. Is. Retired,” coach Marvin Lewis said on Thursday night after the Bengals’ game.
Privately, it sounds like Palmer wants to put the word out that he won’t show up next week. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported people “connected to Palmer” said it wasn’t possible Palmer could show next week. Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports wrote Palmer is “not reporting anytime soon.”
If Palmer was going to report, it wouldn’t help him to telegraph his intentions. Perhaps he could show up during the season.
Until Palmer actually “retires,” it’s in his best interest to keep the Bengals guessing.
UPDATE: Florio talked about Palmer’s decision on PFT Live: