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!