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Oviedo
06-03-2008, 03:37 PM
I can't wait to see how this circus plays out this year.

Report: Johnson says he'll return to Bengalsby FOXSports.com

Updated: June 3, 2008, 2:18 PM EST Chad Johnson has grabbed attention for his on-field play, touchdown celebration dances and incessant trade demands. Now the Bengals' superstar has unleashed another headline:

He's coming back to Cincinnati.

"Am I coming back? Of course I am," Johnson said in an interview with ESPN. "I told my coaches I'm going to California to act, but the truth is I may come back to the Bengals as early as June. I may be crazy but I'm not stupid."

Johnson has been lobbying for a trade out of Cincinnati since the Bengals finished off a frustrating 7-9 season in December. Then, in April, head coach Marvin Lewis essentially called Johnson's bluff, saying the Pro Bowl wide receiver, who finished the 2007 season with 93 catches and a team-record 1,440 yards, should go ahead and sit out the 2008 season because the team would not trade him.

Johnson is under contract with Cincinnati through the 2011 season.

In Johnson's latest interview, however, he seemed to indicate that he would be happy staying with the Bengals if the team was committed to adding the players needed to become a legitimate Super Bowl contender.


"If we want to be like Indy and New England, we have to pay and bring in some difference-makers on defense," Johnson said in the interview. "Our offense is fine. But if they're fussing about paying a guy like me, a guy among the best in the league, you know damn well the Bengals aren't gonna supply the defense with what it needs. So I just said, 'If we aren't gonna do what we need to make us win can I please leave?' It's simple. I just told 'em: 'If y'all won't change, then I have to.'"

While the return of Johnson may be a welcome sign for many Bengals fans, don't expect the man known as "Ocho Cinco" to be any more soft-spoken.

"It's the reinvention of Ocho Cinco," Johnson said. "I'm dead serious. People need to take me as I am because I just don't give a (expletive) anymore. That's how I'd sum up my attitude for the next season."

AngryAsian
06-03-2008, 03:43 PM
What a self absorbed moron.

Oviedo
06-03-2008, 03:49 PM
What a self absorbed moron.

I love players like this...on our Division rivals. Are the Bungals really rivals since they just suk?

Jigawatts
06-03-2008, 04:00 PM
Seriously, is he a Diva of the EnVogue variety? Mariah Carey? SWV?
Whitney Houston maybe? The dude is cracked.

costanza2k1
06-03-2008, 04:46 PM
What a wuss, so much for all that big boy talk. He will take that team down. Carson is already pissed at him and that's the had that feeds him. This will be interesting watching them crumble.

steeltownfan
06-03-2008, 04:47 PM
How long until CJ starts to b4tch about his contract?

Iron Shiek
06-03-2008, 05:02 PM
What a wuss, so much for all that big boy talk. He will take that team down. Carson is already pissed at him and that's the had that feeds him. This will be interesting watching them crumble.

Not only this, but he just alienated and called out the entire defense and basically labeled them one-armed retards that can't play football. He sucks.

And not to mention, he is taking the Lesion of Doom approach and saying if you like what I have to say, go eff yourself. I smell another locker room fight in a big game. Oh wait, they won't have any big games. Losers.

motter1975
06-03-2008, 05:04 PM
I caught a little snippet from him on Sirius at lunch today. He was saying something about how he's not turning his back on the fans, but how he feels for them, having had a bad team for so long, and how they're not trying to get better, and how it's not fair to the fans, blah, blah, blah.

He says he understands how the fans are frustrated with them becoming the Bungles again.

Yeah, okay, whatever. He shouldn't try to play like he gives a d*mn about the fans, 'cause everyone knows it's all about Chad!

SteelHoss
06-03-2008, 05:32 PM
Nutz!!!

Ozey74
06-03-2008, 05:48 PM
I'm glad he is comming back. The embarrasment he brings to himself and the Bengals organization is very entertaining :D

Kipper
06-03-2008, 05:51 PM
Every team in our division needs an Ocho Stinko to bring their team down. Funny thing is with or without Ocho Stinko, the Bengals will still suck. Stinko was right, their defense stinks and it's ncie that they have a QB that can win big games or put together a game winning drive.

NKySteeler
06-03-2008, 07:44 PM
Man, a year ago when I'd bash on Chaddy, most folks would tell me I was wrong, and that he was just "playful"... Glad to see alot are coming to thier senses..... :lol:

AngryAsian
06-03-2008, 08:08 PM
Man, a year ago when I'd bash on Chaddy, most folks would tell me I was wrong, and that he was just "playful"... Glad to see alot are coming to thier senses..... :lol:

You are my sensi, NKy. Kind of like this dude. :lol: :lol: :lol:

"How'd you like a roundhouse to the face with these bad boyz."

http://www.unbridledmartialarts.com/Working%20Documents/News/Rex%20Kwon%20Do%201.jpg

NKySteeler
06-03-2008, 08:20 PM
Man, a year ago when I'd bash on Chaddy, most folks would tell me I was wrong, and that he was just "playful"... Glad to see alot are coming to thier senses..... :lol:

You are my sensi, NKy. Kind of like this dude. :lol: :lol: :lol:

"How'd you like a roundhouse to the face with these bad boyz."

http://www.unbridledmartialarts.com/Working%20Documents/News/Rex%20Kwon%20Do%201.jpg

:lol: :lol: :lol:

NorCal-Steeler
06-03-2008, 09:26 PM
I personaly like Chad and his style of play and i agree that the bengals havnt dont anything to improve. I also believe Chad is smart enough to realize alot of cinci fans love him so why leave. It's obvious this is a make or break year for Marv Lewis so if they win Chad is happy and if Lewis gets the axe after the season is over Chad still wins. With all that being said i like seeing Smith knock his grill out even better. :D

NKySteeler
06-03-2008, 09:46 PM
Money talks loudest
June 3, 2008 12:15 PM
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

It's obvious that Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Johnson wants to turn in his orange jersey with black stripes.

It's also obvious that Johnson's comments about the Bengals make coach Marvin Lewis red in the face.

But at the end of the day, there's one color that matters most when settling disputes in the NFL:

That hue is green -- as in the color of money.

Our colleagues at ESPN The Magazine recently caught up with the embattled receiver at his home in Davie, Fla. Among other things, Johnson said that he plans to report to Cincinnati's mandatory minicamp on June 12 and that everyone will see "the reinvention of Ocho Cinco."

This declaration comes just six weeks after Johnson boldly told ESPN.com: "I don't intend on reporting to anything." Lewis quickly shot back during a news conference with Cincinnati media, saying, "I think he's a man of his word and says he's not going to play, so don't play.''

The major league staredown between Cincinnati's star player and coach resulted in Johnson blinking first.

Make no mistake, the fines of $8,000 per day for skipping minicamp and $14,000 per day for missing training camp were ringing in Johnson's head.

A holdout beyond that would have resulted in a loss of game checks. His $3 million salary divided over a 17-week regular season would have cost Johnson approximately $176,500 per week.

Those are the primary reasons Johnson backed down. His proclamation that "I may be crazy, but I'm not stupid" isn't a ringing endorsement that the Bengals are Super Bowl contenders.

With Johnson under contract through 2010 (with a team option for 2011), Cincinnati held most of the cards in this dispute. Threatening to hold out was Johnson's only wild card. He played it, and the Bengals guessed right by calling his bluff.

The good news is Cincinnati retains one of its best players and avoids a potential $8 million salary-cap hit by fending off Johnson's trade requests. But there are other questions that need to be answered.

Will Johnson become a bigger distraction or part of the solution?

How will his teammates receive him?

How will Lewis receive him?

"I'm dead serious. People need to take me as I am because I just don't give a [expletive] anymore,'' Johnson told ESPN The Magazine. "That's how I'd sum up my attitude for the next season."

In other words, let the circus begin.

Or in the Bengals' case, let the circus continue.

Ozey74
06-03-2008, 10:49 PM
Money talks loudest
June 3, 2008 12:15 PM
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

It's obvious that Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Johnson wants to turn in his orange jersey with black stripes.

It's also obvious that Johnson's comments about the Bengals make coach Marvin Lewis red in the face.

But at the end of the day, there's one color that matters most when settling disputes in the NFL:

That hue is green -- as in the color of money.

Our colleagues at ESPN The Magazine recently caught up with the embattled receiver at his home in Davie, Fla. Among other things, Johnson said that he plans to report to Cincinnati's mandatory minicamp on June 12 and that everyone will see "the reinvention of Ocho Cinco."

This declaration comes just six weeks after Johnson boldly told ESPN.com: "I don't intend on reporting to anything." Lewis quickly shot back during a news conference with Cincinnati media, saying, "I think he's a man of his word and says he's not going to play, so don't play.''

The major league staredown between Cincinnati's star player and coach resulted in Johnson blinking first.

Make no mistake, the fines of $8,000 per day for skipping minicamp and $14,000 per day for missing training camp were ringing in Johnson's head.

A holdout beyond that would have resulted in a loss of game checks. His $3 million salary divided over a 17-week regular season would have cost Johnson approximately $176,500 per week.

Those are the primary reasons Johnson backed down. His proclamation that "I may be crazy, but I'm not stupid" isn't a ringing endorsement that the Bengals are Super Bowl contenders.

With Johnson under contract through 2010 (with a team option for 2011), Cincinnati held most of the cards in this dispute. Threatening to hold out was Johnson's only wild card. He played it, and the Bengals guessed right by calling his bluff.

The good news is Cincinnati retains one of its best players and avoids a potential $8 million salary-cap hit by fending off Johnson's trade requests. But there are other questions that need to be answered.

Will Johnson become a bigger distraction or part of the solution?

How will his teammates receive him?

How will Lewis receive him?

"I'm dead serious. People need to take me as I am because I just don't give a [expletive] anymore,'' Johnson told ESPN The Magazine. "That's how I'd sum up my attitude for the next season."

In other words, let the circus begin.

Or in the Bengals' case, let the circus continue.

:roll: I'm so looking forward to watching this train wreck!!

Oviedo
06-04-2008, 08:08 AM
While you may not like his "style" or sense of team, you can't say that Chad does not speak the truth about the Bungals or the pathetic organization he is stuck in. They just let their best defensive player walk in the off season.

They are as disfunctional an organization as there is the the NFL. The team and fans are jokes and will always be. Cincinatti is a baseball city and football is something they don't get and never will.

proudpittsburgher
06-04-2008, 12:53 PM
While you may not like his "style" or sense of team, you can't say that Chad does not speak the truth about the Bungals or the pathetic organization he is stuck in. They just let their best defensive player walk in the off season.

They are as disfunctional an organization as there is the the NFL. The team and fans are jokes and will always be. Cincinatti is a baseball city and football is something they don't get and never will.

Doesn't he contribute to that, though? True, he wasn't one of the ones who got arrested, but all those antics on a team that doesn't win, is laughable.

BIG FAN
06-04-2008, 03:16 PM
Man, a year ago when I'd bash on Chaddy, most folks would tell me I was wrong, and that he was just "playful"... Glad to see alot are coming to thier senses..... :lol:

Real glad last year I was not "most people". :lol:

Djfan
06-04-2008, 04:06 PM
I have always thought he was a loser. Anyone that into himself is cancer, even if he hasn't shown it yet.

Glad he's in cincy!