Ocho Cinco, Oh Really?

I pretty much ignored this when I first read it, but it really gathered steam on ESPN and other outlets today so I can’t ignore it anymore.  According to the Post, Drew Rosenhaus is working hard behind the scenes to make a deal for Chad Johnson to come to the Redskins.

Count me as one of the many people who don’t care for Johnson.  I don’t think his TD celebrations are particularly inventive or funny.  But I have a feeling I’d like them a lot more if they happened in Burgundy and Gold. There is no doubt that Johnson is an elite receiver and despite his mouth, I think a good person.  He’s one of like two players on the entire Bengals roster to not be arrested, and while he certainly talks, I’ve never heard him say anything that would be counter to a team winning.  This actually reminds me of Randy Moss or Corey Dillon.  Both were unhappy where they were but the Pats were able to make it work when they came because they have strong leaders and they never let more than one of those guys be on their team at once.  The Skins can handle Johnson because Moss and Randle-El and Portis are all guys who can handle Johnson getting the attention he will receive.

And boy, do we need him.  The more I think about this team, the more I realize that DE is not our biggest priority.  We had an elite defense last year despite our “weaknesses” but we had an average offense.  The thing about our offense is that when it is healthy, there is no glaring weakness.  But there is also nothing you feel a need to game plan specially against.  As good as Portis was, he doesn’t get game planned for.  Johnson would draw double teams and command defensive attention opening up more space for Portis, Cooley and Moss.  This would add a dynamic level to the offense we haven’t had in quite awhile.

OK, so it is obvious that this is a good thing.  So how much will it cost? Probably our first rounder and maybe a lower round pick.  This is only speculation, but one of the other teams looking into Chad Johnson is the Cowboys.  The Cowboys have 2 first rounders this year and would likely burn one for Johnson if only to keep him from coming here. 

Is that worth it?  Probably not.  I think I’d rather go after one of the WRs in the draft either with our first rounder or by waiting for the inevitable slide of at least one good one.  Every year, there’s a big, strong, fast receiver who just needs a little polishing to make him better.  Cerrato could show his worth just by finding that guy this year.

Anyway, we’ll track this, but if we don’t have to pay a first rounder, I think this is great.  Multiple picks including the first rounder is too much.  And of course there is the salary cap issue.  More on that tomorrow.  Our current cap issues merit their own posting. Hail Skins!  Hail Drew Rosenhaus!

-DW

Topics: Chad Johnson Rumors, Washington Redskins

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  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian – Inside the Iggles

    Yes the Redskins need to add Chad Johnson, give him a brand new contract, and ignore their DE need.[/end sarcasim]I hope the Skins do this, because outside of Andre Carter(who is average) they have no good pass rushing DEs. Defense wins Championships not WRs.

  • gehenna

    I think anyone would be crazy not to want a Chad Johnson on their team, but the price tag is too high.  A 1st and a 3rd is what I heard being talked about and that’s way too much.  Plus, on top of that, Johnson would want a new contract and he’s getting older.  I just really worry that Snyder’s getting ready to overpay for another aging star who’s coming off a bad season. 

  • dwagner

    Ian, of all people, I would think you would realize that defense alone does not win championships.  If you’d have had a QB who didn’t throw up in his own mouth under pressure, you’d have won two or three Super Bowls with your defense. In any case, the reports are that we are going to try to get Johnson while dealing with the DE problem through the draft.  The DE class is very deep, but obviously this implies we can get Johnson for less than a 1st rounder which I don’t believe will happen.

    Gehenna, I agree that a 1st and a 3rd is too much.  But I do disagree with the "bad season" depiction of Johnson.  Johnson was 3rd in the NFL in receiving yards with 1440 and he had more yards than he has ever had. His 8 TDs were in line with his average per season.  While he is 30 and so you have to be careful when you hit 30 as a WR, there is no statisitcal reason to believe he’s slowing.  And let’s remember that 1440 came with the emergence of TJ Who’sYourMama as well. I don’t want to overpay, but I don’t believe we’d be getting damaged goods if we did. This isn’t a 38 year old Bruce Smith we’re talking about.  This is a guy in the later half of his prime.

    -DW

  • gehenna

    You can point at the season statistics all you want, but I saw plenty of games when he just completely disappeared.  I don’t want him to come up big when we play some bottom feeder team and then vanish when we have a key matchup.  And how many of his yards and touchdowns were during garbage time after the game was already decided?  Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have him.  I just suspect he’d want to be the highest paid wide receiver in the league and we’d have to give up a first round pick just to have the honor of paying him all that money.

  • Godsfavoriteteam

    I’m back! I said I’d be back if Dan Snyder f*cked up again so here I am. I don’t really know if he fucked up today but I’m sure he went to work today and thats tragic enough for this franchise. Also because FU*KEDUP rhymes with DAN SNYDER. Important Question: What happen to Gayskin? He was the only interesting read riggos bloody rag ever had. I imagine DW hurt his feelings telling him to tone it down or what ever you said and then banned his post. Shameful. I hope that guy writes again. Comeback Gayskin, Gehenna loves you and wants to try and join again. LOLOLOLOl thats funny shit. Good Stuff. Okay lesson for today, I want all of you to say (you too gehenna) AMERICAS TEAM!. good…again…again…again… okay now say ROMO IS A JEDI. ROMO IS A JEDI. you know you love it. I am proud of all you riggo fags. Okay i’m gone till Dan really fu%ks up this time. Fuel Cowboy Love with all of your negative comments just like gehenna. See ya soon GODS FAVORITE TEAM!

  • gehenna

    I’ll say it: AMERICA’S TEAM…is a pathetically ironic name for a team that is composed of pure evil.  How was that?  That was fun! Let’s try again….ROMO IS A JEDI.  Only he was one of those nameless Jedi that Vader choked to death.  Get it? He CHOKED?!? Just like Romo?!?? LOLOLOLOLOl thats funny shit.

  • Godsfavoriteteam

    Thats my good little bitch!<grin> Pure Evil…Thats Funny Shit. Face it when ever anybody says Americas Team, your first thought, anybodys first thought is the COWBOYS. Say that…Cowboys! Come back Gayskin!!!!

  • gehenna

    Of course people thought of the Cowboys.  And immediately afterwords, they also thought "what a crock of shit THAT nickname is!"

  • Godsfavoriteteam

    Crock or not, there is nothing you can do about it being the Cowboys nickname and eats at you like no one has ever seen. I wonder what its like to be you? To be so envious of another franchise, the way that all redskin fans are. It must be so terrible. To love a team like the redskins but be so haunted by another. Love or hate, you constantly think about the Cowboys. That has got to be awful and sweet at the same time…I  guess. Not everybody can be a Cowboy Fan but anyone can be closet Cowboy Fans and thats what you are. You bad mouth Jerry Jones Empire but deep down where you wish you could scream out you want Dallas to Rule.

  • gehenna

    *Yawn* Bored now.  Wake me up when you have something interesting to say.  Or at least something new.  I know you have trouble believing this, but not everyone wants to be a Cowboys fan.  In fact, most people don’t. Sorry. 

  • Godsfavoriteteam

    You know what brother, I can uderstand why you would be bored with Cowboy talk. I say we talk about Redskins. Lets start with my favorite game of last season. Redskins-Patriots. Remember when it was like 52 to 0 at half-time or 220 to 0 or was it 416 to 0…something like that, anyway, I actually felt bad for the patriots because they came to play football and the redskins came to look at the grass, pick their ass. What they always do. And yall still had that dead guy around that time didn’t you? Finally around the last few minutes when the score was 2005 to 0 or was it 4532 to 0 or was it 6587 to 0 something like that,  the skins finally pulled out some points. That was exciting! right?! My thinking was Gibbs woke up from his old man nap cause thats what old men do, they sleep. Then the players realized, Hey we get payed to play with weird brown thing. That was a good game.