Bengals owner Mike Brown and head coach Marvin Lewis met with the media Tuesday to discuss the start of the 2011 season. Both confirmed that they remain in a stalemate with Palmer, who demanded a trade this past January and threatened to retire.
"He has retired. I wish him well," Brown said, via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. "If he is going to walk away from his commitment, we're not going to reward it."
This is the same hard-line stance the team has held with Palmer the entire offseason. Palmer certainly would have suitors, but the Bengals are not interested. Palmer is due to make $11.5 million if he decides to play for Cincinnati this season. But Palmer doesn't seem interested in that.