UPDATE II: Confirmed. Trade Offer Was Made.

UPDATE II: Alright, alright. So, the report was truthful now.

"Once I actually read what was reported, I have to be truthful and say that the story is accurate," Lewis told ESPN. "Unfortunately, I didn't read it until after our press conference."

So the Bengals DID turn down the offer. I think. I think my head is going to explode. Alas, everyone laughs harder at our silly little team.

UPDATE: Marvin Lewis denies that the Bengals have received any trade offers from the Redskins for Chad Johnson. Not just the Redskins. ANY-one. The Bengals are vehemently denying that any trade offer has taken place. This Washington Post blog writes that " the Redskins are prepared to guarantee Johnson about $21 million as part of a new contract."

The Pro Football Talk guys are adamantly claiming tampering charges because Oil Slick and the Washington Redskins have a "very strong relationship" and that "a situation like this presents the prime example of how unauthorized communications with a player who belongs to another team can undermine that team’s relationship with its player"

Let's go back to that known $21 million guarantee figure in the Washington Post. The Pro Football Talk guys conclude that "the Redskins apparently are doing is 1000 times worse than the conduct that formed the basis for the Bears tampering allegations against the 49ers.  In our opinion, the Bengals should file tampering charges against the Redskins today, if for no reason other than to get the Redskins to back off."

ORIGINAL: ESPN is reporting that the Bengals refused a Redskins offer that could have given the Bengals two first round picks in 2008 and 2009. The deal was for the first-round pick in 2008 and a third-round pick in 2009. But if Johnson reached certain performance benchmarks, the 2009 pick could have been upgraded to a first round pick.

I guarantee you that the discussion and attitude with fans instantly went from Chad is a prick, to the Bengals front office are bigger idiots than we realized. Still, everyone laughs at our silly little team.

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