Bengals coach Marvin Lewis -- who disputed the report of trade offers for Johnson -- says the disgruntled receiver should keep his word and sit out the season. "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."
I say, good for Marvin. Stand your ground and be firm. You let this guy walk all over you and everybody else who want new contracts will pop up from now to kingdom come and you'll have to bend over and take it every year from them. The players can't run the asylum. I'm proud of you Marv, for the first time in a long time. This is the gulliest I've seen you look since you've been here. Stay giving Chad the dookie face. You have the upper hand in this. He's signed through the next couple seasons so if he's going to play in the NFL he "gotsta go thru us" to get on the field. We're not going to release him, we're not going to take some watered down deal where we get less money on the dollar for him because teams know he's disgruntled and they see an opportunity in our misfortune. Either he plays for us and improves his stock and keeps his head down and doesn't become a malcontent and he can earn his freedom next offseason after his market value goes up or he can sit for the next three years. Anything short of that, fuck him.