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    Ocho Cinco wants out of Cincy

    Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson left no room for doubt Wednesday: He wants out of Cincinnati as fast as possible and he doesn't plan on reporting for any future Bengal function -- mandatory or voluntary.



    I want to be traded before the draft, and if that doesn't happen, I want to be traded as soon as possible. I don't intend on reporting to anything.
    --Chad Johnson
    What spurred Johnson's immediate reaction was a statement made by quarterback Carson Palmer that indicated Johnson had told Palmer he would be at the team's mandatory minicamp in mid-June. Johnson said that wasn't true.


    "I want to make this very clear,'' Johnson said Wednesday. "I don't know where he got that. I made no assertion to Carson that I would do that. Nothing has changed from what I've been saying for three months that I don't want to play for the Bengals.''



    Johnson made one of his strongest statements in saying he is not planning on reporting to any team functions because he wants to be traded.



    "I want to be traded before the draft, and if that doesn't happen, I want to be traded as soon as possible,'' Johnson said. "I don't intend on reporting to anything.''



    The Bengals said they have no comment in response to Johnson's statements. A team spokesman pointed to coach Marvin Lewis' statement at the owners meeting that he has fully discussed the Johnson situation and didn't feel it was productive to talk about it again.



    Johnson is skipping the team's offseason workouts as he tries to push for a trade. But the Bengals have also made it clear that they have no plans of trading him.



    Lewis has said repeatedly that the team has no plans to deal Johnson, despite the wide receiver making the rounds of radio and television talk shows to voice his displeasure about his situation in Cincinnati.



    In a February interview with Jim Rome, Johnson said he felt he was being blamed for the Bengals' problems and disappointing showing last season.



    "I'm not allowed to say. I get the blame; the so-called best player, I'm the problem," he said. "Someone in-house is spreading this. Maybe they want me to quiet down [and] stop being me. That is not going to happen. I can't function that way. I tried it. It sucked. There was no excitement."



    Last month, on ESPN's First Take, Johnson again hinted at wanting a trade.



    "I want to continue my career wherever I have the opportunity to win a playoff game and get to the Super Bowl. That's where I want to be," he said.



    Wednesday, the Pro Bowl wide receiver said he was surprised by Palmer's comments about his possibly reporting to mandatory camp.



    "I wish he would stay out of my business,'' Johnson said.



    John Clayton is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com



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    Re: Ocho Cinco wants out of Cincy

    I say we offer a third rounder for him. The bengals have no leverage here and we need a reciever.

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    Re: Ocho Cinco wants out of Cincy

    Quote Originally Posted by denverram View Post
    I say we offer a third rounder for him. The bengals have no leverage here and we need a reciever.
    Sounds easy to do, but we already have large contracts to pay from Holt and Bennett. It will be difficult to add another 30+ million dollar contract while keeping our players.

    Johnson has great skill. He's just a kid though. But I see why he's acting immature in Cincy. He wants out and the team won't trade him.

    It may even come down to, if they force him to play, he'll stand still after the ball is snapped or when the ball is thrown his way, he'll make little effort to catch it.

    I have this feeling that the Patriots will end up with Johnson. The Jags would be a good place for him too.

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    Re: Ocho Cinco wants out of Cincy

    Baby, if you ever wondered
    Wondered, whatever became of me
    I'm playing for that team in Cinncinnati
    Cinncinnati, because they won't trade me

    Although they're really tired of my yacking
    I'm a clown, a spoiled immature child
    Maybe with my plea they will just unload me
    If not I could always hold out for a while

    They just will not let me go from Cinn-cin-nati!

    (I wonder who here is old enough to get the reference)

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    Re: Ocho Cinco wants out of Cincy

    Do the Pats have another 4th rounder to offer?

    I'm just sayin' cause they always seem to be the beneficiaries of these little strifes.
    "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod

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    Re: Ocho Cinco wants out of Cincy

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison View Post
    Do the Pats have another 4th rounder to offer?

    I'm just sayin' cause they always seem to be the beneficiaries of these little strifes.
    They're checking the tapes as we speak.

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    Re: Ocho Cinco wants out of Cincy

    i heard that there are talk of the bengals trying to package chad johnson and their 9th overall pick for the number 2 pick.

    do you like this idea?>

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    Re: Ocho Cinco wants out of Cincy

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals are calling Chad Johnson's bluff.

    Tired of the receiver's posturing for a trade, coach Marvin Lewis said Tuesday that Johnson should keep his word and sit out the season -- the strongest comment yet from an organization that is reluctant to let him go.

    The Bengals also turned down Washington's offer of two high-round draft picks for Johnson, who had hoped to be traded before the draft this weekend. The move indicated that Johnson will be staying in Cincinnati, like it or not.

    Lewis also said that linebacker David Pollack is leaning toward retirement. The former first-round draft pick broke a bone in his neck while making a tackle during the 2006 season and went through months of difficult healing and rehabilitation.

    Pollack's decision isn't a surprise. He has said all along that he doubted he would return if there was a chance he could injure his neck again.

    Lewis was pointed in his comments about Johnson. The Pro Bowl receiver has been disgruntled since the middle of last season, when his look-at-me antics came under criticism.

    He became the epitome of Cincinnati's 7-9 season when he sniped at quarterback Carson Palmer during a loss to New England. Johnson ran the wrong route on a pass play, resulting in a game-turning interception. He initially blamed Palmer for the problem.

    Since the end of last season, Johnson has been lobbying for a trade even though he agreed to a long-term deal with the Bengals two years ago. Johnson's contract would pay him $3 million next season and extends through 2010, with a club option for 2011.

    Although Johnson stopped talking to reporters in Cincinnati, he has done numerous national interviews during which he threatened to sit out the season if he's not traded. Lewis responded Tuesday by saying he should follow through with his threat.

    "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."

    On Tuesday morning, Lewis said the Bengals hadn't received a trade offer for Johnson. Later in the day, the club released a statement saying it had turned down an offer from Washington, which was willing to give up its first-round pick and a conditional third-round pick next year.

    The club has been consistent in saying it won't trade the Pro Bowl receiver, who became the franchise leader in career catches and yards last season. He caught 93 passes for a team-record 1,440 yards.

    Other teams have traded away stars when they started becoming divisive. Bengals owner Mike Brown has a history of refusing to give in to player demands. When running back Corey Dillon tried to force the team to trade him in 2003, the Bengals waited until after the season to send him to New England.

    In that case, it was more about getting rid of a player they no longer needed -- Rudi Johnson had emerged as the starter -- than it was about satisfying Dillon.

    The Bengals need Johnson in the short-term. No. 3 receiver Chris Henry was released after yet another arrest earlier this month, leaving the Bengals with little depth at the position. They might take a receiver high in the draft this weekend.

    Johnson didn't return a phone message Tuesday. Last week, when Palmer told reporters that Johnson had assured him he would show up for mandatory team activities, the receiver took issue with him.

    On Tuesday, Palmer declined to discuss it further.

    "I take it with a grain of salt," said Palmer, who is working out with the team in Cincinnati. "I've moved on and I'm over it. I'm not really going to comment on it much more."

    Asked if the two could get along if Johnson stays, Palmer said, "I've always been a forgiving guy, and I hope he's here because he's a good player, and I hope to see him here."

    It's been an eventful month for the Bengals. Besides getting rid of Henry, they had linebacker Odell Thurman reinstated by the NFL on Monday. Thurman was suspended for the last two seasons after skipping a drug test and getting arrested for drunken driving.

    Lewis said Thurman still must prove he can stay out of trouble.

    "There's an opportunity, possibly, if we want, to keep him on the football team and have the opportunity for him to compete for a roster spot," Lewis said. "He's got to do things the right way constantly. That still remains to be seen, whether he can handle that kind of scrutiny day-in and day-out."

    Pollack, a first-round pick out of Georgia in 2005, hurt his neck in the second game of the 2006 season. He had surgery and has made a full recovery from the injury, but doesn't want to take the risk of hurting the neck again.

    Lewis talked to Pollack earlier this month to get an idea of his plans.

    "David has expressed to me: Where he's headed is retirement," Lewis said. "He is not completely comfortable (with) where he is medically."

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    Re: Ocho Cinco wants out of Cincy

    I agree with denverram, give the Bengals our 3rd for Chad, they have no leverage.

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    Re: Ocho Cinco wants out of Cincy

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramer View Post
    I agree with denverram, give the Bengals our 3rd for Chad, they have no leverage.
    The Bengals turned down the Redskins offer of a 1st and future 3rd, so I doubt our 3rd alone would get it done.

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