Chad Johnson has been feeling blue these days, telling anyone that would listen about his unhappiness with the Bengals and how he feels it may be time for him to be moved to another franchise. Sorry Chad, not going to happen. That is if you listen to Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, who on Wednesday squashed any thoughts of the Bengals trading Johnson this offseason. C.J. has been a top wide out for the Bengals the past few seasons, but this past year was the second target in the offense to T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who hauled in 112 catches for Cincy.
Lewis on Wednesday went out of his way during a press conference talking about new coordinator Mike Zimmer to let it be known that Johnson will be staying in the Queen City. As I said then, there will be no trade of Chad Johnson,” Lewis said. “Repeat it again.” Johnson in his seven seasons with the Bengals has averaged 79.8 catches per season, and overall has pulled in 559 catches in 108 games for 8365 yards and 49 touchdowns. This past season he had 93 catches for 1440 yards and eight scores.
Johnson has for a long time been a distraction for the this team, from his wacky end zone displays to his whining and crying when things don’t go his way, maybe the Bengals should entertain offers for his services. Despite that, Lewis knows that he would be breaking up locker room chemistry by dealing Johnson, as well as knowing that he is a player that can at times take over games. There are not many out there like Johnson, so the team feels it is in their best interest to keep him.
What the Bengals really need help on is defense, as they allowed 385 points (24 per game) this past season, and had games where they gave up 51, 34, 31, 33, and 35 points. If they could get a stud defensive player for Johnson, the deal might be worth looking at. But Lewis is a fan of Johnson, so as long as they get along and Lewis’ job is safe in Cincy, Johnson will be wearing tiger stripes for sometime to come.