Chad Javon Ocho Cinco is back with the Bengals after being deactivated for Thursday night's Steelers contest because of a severe case of drowsiness. And while I'm sure Ryan Fitzpatrick will happily welcome his return, when you're staring at 1-9-1, it doesn't much matter who you trot out there for the next five weeks.
The real issue, however, is what will the organization do with Mr. Cinco after the season? Common sense might dictate running his ass out of town and getting whatever you can for him. Of course, the Bengals could've had a first-round pick (or two, depending on who you believe) from the Redskins last summer, but they weren't willing to deal. In retrospect, yeah, they probably should have.
But according to CBS' Charley Casserly, the plan -- as of right now, anyway -- is to keep Johnson in Cincy for 2009, too. It seems like an insane notion given all the trouble he's caused in recent seasons, but nobody's ever accused the Bengals of being smart.
Enrico wrote about it at the time, but Casserly also mentioned Ocho Cinco's antics from last Sunday's Eagles-Bengals pregame. Johnson jumped in line with the Philly wideouts, caught a slant pass from Donovan McNabb, and promptly dropped to his knees with arms extended skyward. According to Casserly, Johnson told McNabb that he wanted to talk to his general manager, presumably to lay the groundwork for an offseason trade.
It shouldn't need repeating, but here goes: Johnson doesn't sound like somebody who wants to be in Cincy. Call it a hunch. But with T.J. Houshmandzadeh wanting a new deal, and rookies Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell not doing much of anything, somebody has to be able to catch passes. I'm hoping the Bengals send Johnson to Philly after McNabb has moved on. It somehow seems fitting.
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