The Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis held a news conference tuesday and confirmed that the deal from the Redskins was turned down. This deal would’ve potentially gotten them two first round picks:
The Redskins offered their first-round pick, No. 21 overall, and a conditional third-rounder in 2009 that could escalate to a first-rounder if Johnson and the Redskins hit certain performance levels, the sources said.
It was not the first time the Redskins approached the Bengals about a deal, but it was the first significant proposal.
Lewis says the disgruntled receiver who wants out of Cincinnati 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.”
Chad will be playing somewhere next year. If he were to sit out, that would be just silly.