Bengals holding ground on Johnson holdout

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3358557

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.  What did the Bengals say about this generous offer?  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.” read more

Bengals making a stand with Johnson?

The line has been drawn in the sad. Chad Johnson says he will not be a Bengal anymore.  Cinci says they are keeping Chad. So now what?  I don’t see Johnson retiring anytime soon.  He probably won’t risk the humiliation of backing down now.  After trying to present a tougher image recently, it seems the Bengals don’t wat the bad PR associated with caving to a player demand.  So does that mean Chad sits out?  It has happened plenty of times, usually with favorable results for the player.  In fact, the Briggs holdout in Chicago is one of the only recent high profile moves I remember where the player didn’t get their trade. read more