According to reports, the Washington Redskins offered Cincinnati a 1st round pick this year and a conditional 3rd round pick next year (which could potentially be a 1st rounder) for angry receiver Chad Johnson.Â What did the Bengals say about this generous offer?Â NO!
Quoted in the above-linked ESPN.com story, Bengals coach Marv Lewis said the following about the situation:
“I’ve stated our case with Chad,” Lewis said. “He has a contract through 2011. He’s stated without an opportunity to go to a different team and a new contract, he wasn’t going to play. I think he’s a man of his word and says he’s not going to play, so don’t play.”
It’s also reported that Philly and Dallas have had trade offers rejected by the Bengals.
So it seems one of two things are at play here.Â A) Cincinnati really doesn’t want to trade Johnson and would rather have him sit out the season and collect fines from the receiver.Â or B) They really don’t care for the NFC East and a team from a different division needs to make an offer.
Very interesting stuff.Â I honestly think the Bengals are stupid for not taking an offer.Â I understand the problems involved with giving in to player demands, but you are risking the future of your team in order to prove a point.Â Two extraÂ first round picks could be the difference in turning the franchise around.Â A grumpy receiver, playing or not, isn’t going to do it.Â Cincinnati could easily get a top defensive tackle with their current top pick and use the additional pick from Washington to grab a corner or linebacker.Â That’s two potential impact players that could start or at least contribute from day one.Â Instead, they are going to throw that out the window so they can let Johnson sit and pout all year.Â
If I were a Bengals fan, I’d be mad no matter what happens here.Â Same thing went down with the Packers when Javon Walker decided he was done with the team.Â If you’re a fan, you hate that the star receiver isn’t playing.Â At the same time, the Packers were able to turn a player who wasn’t going to play, into a bunch of draft picks.Â Granted, the Packers weren’t able to get a ton of value out of Walker as he was coming off injury and really only had one good year anyway.Â Johnson, on the other hand, is at a premium value right now.Â It’s not likely that he’ll be worth any more after sitting at home for a year.