Carson Palmer (left) with Chad Ochocinco in 2010. (David Kohl / AP)

“I honestly like Carson Palmer. He was a splendid player for us,” the Bengals’ owner said Tuesday. “He is a good person. I wish him well and he has retired. That is his choice.

“I’m not expecting him to be back. 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.”

That has been the Bengals’ stance all along. Which means that if Palmer, 32, wants to play again, he will have to either play for the Bengals or sit out for a while and then make a comeback.