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Move Chad Now Before It’s Too Late!

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.

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2 Responses to “Move Chad Now Before It’s Too Late!”

  1. WhoDey says:

    It’s a difficult conclusion to make, that’s for sure. What we definitely don’t need is for the Bengals to take a page out of the Reds’ traditional off-season playbook by selling off a great player(s) for margainal gain. Draft picks would be awful. A straight-up Chad Johnson exchange for a franchise defender would be more like it.

    But the most important aspect to last years disappointments had to do with the INJURED defense, not just the fact that the defense sucked. Everyone was hurt, and they were fielding a roster full of 3rd stringers and rookies. But the good players will be healthy next year. If the Bengals don’t put up a 12-13 win season in 2008, then I’d agree with you. It’s not like Chad is going to pull a T.O. or a Randy Moss and simply quit playing. He’s good, but despite his awesome season, he dropped so many passes he should have caught. I think we’re jumping the gun and getting too excited at the thought of a winning season instead of seeing what happens.

  2. national24 says:

    I say trade him and get a franchise defender for him. If they don’t trade him, definately keep him out of the locker room for the whole year. Let’s be honest, he is ocho-no show, in all the big games he dropped major passes. These passes hit him right in the hands, so sit him out for a year, maybe another team will be interested. If they trade him now, they need to get his value. But definately keep him out of the locker room this year, he will be deactivating to our Bengals team.

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