During ESPN's Draft telecast, Merrill Hoge explained the Bengals demands for Chad Johnson -- something we haven't heard yet. If you want Chad Johnson, you'll have to give up two first-round picks (none of this conditional crap), an established player (offense or defense we're assuming) and $5 million back from Johnson's signing bonus that's already paid.
In other words, they'll trade him. But the demands might itself prove as a deterrent from teams looking to trade with him. The PFT guys also provide sound reasoning when it comes to the "dead money" folly that Cincinnati beat writers continue to pound into us. There is actually SEVERAL options that the Bengals can do to get around the dead money excuse.