Two unnamed NFL general managers think that it would either take a low first-round pick and a third round pick, or two second-round picks, to acquire Chad Johnson through a trade. One coaching candidate told the Washington Post that one of Dan Snyder's highest priorities is to trade for an elite receiver.
Acquiring an elite receiver is Snyder's top priority, league sources said. The Bengals have said they have no intention of trading Johnson, but his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, is working quietly to broker a deal, the sources said.
This wouldn't relieve the $8 million cap hit if the Bengals end up trading Johnson. But one has to wonder just how well Johnson will mesh with teammates or how he'll limit distractions heading into 2008. Have things gone beyond repair? If the Bengals don't trade Johnson, there's some serious repair work between Johnson and Marvin Lewis. Not impossible. I just don't see it.
We'll see if Oil Slick can pull off the deal.