We also got a little preview of how ugly it could all get.
"I want to make this very clear,'' Johnson said Wednesday. "I don't know where he got that. I made no assertion to Carson that I would do that. Nothing has changed from what I've been saying for three months that I don't want to play for the Bengals.'
Wednesday, the Pro Bowl wide receiver said he was surprised by Palmer's comments about his possibly reporting to mandatory camp.
"I wish he would stay out of my business,'' Johnson said.
Just in case Chad forgot, Palmer probably got his info from Chad himself who said he'd be at camp just a few weeks ago.
I know how much everyone wants a top flight WR, and Chad clearly is that, but do we really want to go down this road again? I'm not against bringing guys that aren't quite choir boys, but this is starting to get ridiculous.
I've said over and over again that Chad wouldn't be traded, but honestly I can't see how this situation gets resolved in Cincy. Both sides have drawn a line in the sand and now promised that they won't budge. Something has to give.