There is no question in the value of wide out Chad Johnson, who is the most outspoken of all the Bengals. At this point in his career, and the situation that the Bengals and Johnson are in, there is also no question in the value in at this point cutting ties with the mouthy pass catcher. Let’s face it, the Bengals are not moving forward with the offense with Johnson, T.J. and Carson Palmer trying to make plays, so something at this point has to change.
As far as Johnson’s antics for the past few weeks in coming out and saying in so many words that Marvin Lewis is saying things behind his back, I don’t buy it. Johnson is simply trying to do whatever it takes to tell the Bengals that he no longer wants to be a part of the organization, and as the Bengals time after time come out and say that he’s not going to be traded, it’s only going to hurt his value when the team finally does get tired of him and tries to move him.
This is a critical year coming up for Lewis and the Bengals to say the least. They haven’t played well since about the early part of the 2006 season, and I am under the belief that even with the turnaround that Lewis has brought to the team over his tenure, staying with things the way they are simply is not working. As for Johnson, it’s time to cut the cord. The Bengals should, and I mean without a doubt should, be able to get at the worst a second-round pick for him.
The longer the saga with Johnson plays out, the less and less the Bengals will get for him. They need desperate help on the defensive, and could use a player already established or a draft pick or picks easily. It’s tempting to keep Johnson around and think that the relationship between he and Lewis will improve, but in the end, the longer Johnson is around, the more distractions there will be in the Queen City.