The Houston Chronicle reported it would be no surprise if the Bengals traded away Chad Johnson before or on Draft Day to the team who would like to give him a new $20 million contract. Dallas is Johnson’s choice destination, and Jerry Jones has been quoted to “not done yet” on a big free agent signing for the ‘Boys offense. But Dallas can’t afford a $20 million contract no matter what Jerry Jones said to his loyal fans.
For what it is, Johnson to Romo’s Cowboys would be ideal, but would the Bengals really give 85 what he wants? Johnson has been suggestively ripping his team, calling out every winning team possible to take him, disrupting the team chemistry, throwing fits and fists, avoiding the Cincinnati media, not showing up at Bengals workouts, and he’s more than an overall nuisance. If the Bengals’ managment wanted him to learn something, they’d send him to the Vikings or Dolphins (who were originals to the 85-trade talks around the time of the Super Bowl).
If it’s not obvious, Bengals HC Marvin Lewis is fed up with Johnson’s antics. “I don’t need to weigh in on what my conversations are with Chad,” Lewis said. “My conversations with Chad this year have been no different than they were a year ago.” Johnson’s antics a year ago aren’t nearly as bad as they’ve been since the regular season ended. He wants a playoff team, he wants this, he wants that. The Bengals should give him what he deserves for what he’s done to their loyal (bar and car/vacation-wanting) fans, disgruntled team, dogged management and classy ownership.