Good hands won't let go of cash

Bill's Rant

June 04, 2008|By BILL ORDINE

At the end of the day, Cincinnati Bengals brash wide receiver Chad Johnson is pragmatic.

Frustrated that the team around him has neither lived up to expectations nor made improvements that Johnson thinks are necessary, he has demanded a trade. But that has not happened despite some attractive offers.

Coach Marvin Lewis said if Johnson wants to sit out next year, well, he should do just that.

The problem for Johnson is he's scheduled to make $3 million this year, and that's a lot of lettuce to leave on the salad bar. So now he's saying he'll join the team for its mid-June minicamp.

"I told my coaches I'm going to California to act, but the truth is I may come back to the Bengals as early as June," Johnson was quoted as saying.

And here's where the man with the golden grill shows that despite his wild ways, he has a firm grip on reality: "I may be crazy, but I'm not stupid."

Here's what I think happened. Johnson has been the editor for ESPN The Magazine's Revenge of the Jocks issue, and I think he found out what journalists get paid.

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