Lewis: Bengals Not Trading Chad

Speaking at the team’s annual pre-draft press conference, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said the club will not trade Chad Ochocinco.

“Again, I don’t know why people continue with this speculation of moving Chad,” Lewis said. “He’s been told many times and reiterated now — and I don’t know if anyone’s keeping count of this — but Chad’s not getting moved.”

Lewis said the Bengals would probably draft wide receiver at some point, but that he didn’t see any wideout better than Chad in this year’s class.

Lewis also said that the Bengals were unlikely to trade up from six, but could move down. He admitted to liking Andre Smith, but added that the team “doesn’t necessarily need” a left tackle.

Most fans and observers expect the Bengals to go heavy on offense early in the draft. At the presser, Lewis joked that defensive coordinator may not have to bother showing up in the war room Friday.

How much of this is real and how much of it is smoke? John Thornton says expect more of the latter at this point. “Don’t believe much of what you are reading this week,” he advises, “in fact, believe just the opposite.”

In which case, expect the Bengals to trade Chad and jump up in the first to get a top defender…

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  • Eddie

    A position of strength can become a position of need quickly. How long ago was it that the OL was a strength? A year and a half?

    I’ve been hearing that none of the OT’s are true top tier a’la Pace, Ogden, Joe Thomas.

    There have been 19 OT’s drafted in the top ten in the last 19 years! Now there are 3 maybe 4 in one year?

    These guys aren’t that good. The next tier, Beatty, Meredith, Loadholt might be a better deal.

    Take the BPA at #6. Orakpo, Crabtree, Maclin, Jackson, Curry . .

  • http://stripehype.com/ David

    Yup. Though if Monroe or A. Smith is there at 6 I think you can make a BPA argument for them. I just don’t want to see the Bengals get so fixated on o-tackle that they pass up a blue-chip player elsewhere.

  • cincysportsfanatix

    I can’t for the life of me understand why Marvin Lewis is saying “NO” to the Chad Johnson trade rumors. In this day in age I don’t believe one Head Coach that says no to a potential move of a player. I will believe it when I see it that he will not be moved. I know this is our beloved Bengals and he most likely won’t be moved till he is just an absolute mess for us, see Corey Dillon, but my goodness if the right trade offer came across my phone, MIKE BROWN, please take it. I thank Chad for his good years with Cincy, upset over the last few years but he does not want to be here so get some young talent from the draft for him and MOVE ON! He won’t play hard or to his potential this year because he will be in whiny mode all season, mark my words!!

    the CSF rests

  • http://stripehype.com/ David

    Well, remember that Marvin isn’t the issue. He can’t trade Chad. Chad can’t trde Chad. Only one guy can trade Chad, and his name is Mike Brown. And Mike’s problem is that he blew it last year by not taking the Redskins’ offer. Now all that Chad is drawing in the way of trade interest is peanuts. And if Mikey moved him for nothing he would only enrage an already ticked off, non-ticket-and-merchandise-buying fanbase (see the recent poll here).

    As for Chad, I suspect it all depends on how the team does. Winning cures a host of ills and if the Bengals can put some W’s on the board early I think he’ll come around. If the Bengals don’t win, well, Chad is the leat of their problems.