Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Johnson is not one to let his feelings go unnoticed. Since midseason, 85 has been on the tip of trade rumors out of Cincinnati. Some, even Johnson, credit the trade rumors to the Bengals front office, but as of today Johnson has taken a hold of these rumors and let his mouth go. Whether it’s entertainment or not, Johnson has responded to whether he’ll be in orange and black next season with a multitude of answers.
When interviewed by Miami’s WSVN-7 (TV), Johnson responded, “Maybe orange and teal and white:you never know.” Johnson then turned to the camera and said, “Parcells, call me man. Stop playing around man.” Miami is in dire need of a WR as Marty Booker and Ted Ginn Jr are their most prized WRs (not counting Greg Camarillo). With the Big Tuna in the front office the 1st overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft becomes expendable, so who knows?
The Boston Globe reported that Chad told the media at Super Bowl XLII that “it would be fun (to play for the Patriots).” He said, “I would love to play there. Right now I’m in Cincinnati. That’s where I am.” Pats WR Randy Moss, who reportedly wants $15 to 20 million guaranteed, will have the chance to test the FA if the Patriots choose to not pay the big bucks for Moss. But Moss has let it be known he would like to finish his career a Patriot.
Furthermore, Johnson told WFNZ-AM’s Mark Packer that he would love to play for the Carolina Panthers. This would reunite Johnson and Panthers WR Steve Smith, both of whom played junior college football together. Johnson told the show, “89 and 85 equals Super Bowl.” We all know things could go haywire for Panthers HC John Fox’s QBs David Carr, Vinny Testaverde or Jake Delhomme if they get the ultimate WR connections (a definite upgrade from Drew Carter), but could these QBs really get 89 & 85 the ball?
Furthermore, in national interviews with Jim Rome and Mike & Mike in the Morning, 85 made things a little more clear. With Rome, he expressed his desire to be traded. Johnson told Mike & Mike that he will leave the trade talk up to his agent, Drew “The Shark” Rosenhaus. He told the radio show, “Someone in-house is spreading this. Maybe they want me to quiet down (and) stop being me. That is not going to happen. I can’t function that way. I tried it. It sucked. There was no excitement.”
And it’s true; Chad Johnson must be enthusiastic and have fun on the field for him to produce wins and big numbers. In April 2006, Johnson signed an extension through 2011 and the Bengals front office has let it known that 85 is not on the trade block. But in reality, Johnson wants out and the Bengals have decisions to make as QB Carson Palmer is not the only one having communication problems with Ocho Cinco.