Bengals Vowing to Keep Ocho Cinco
The Cincinnati Bengals won't trade wide receiver Chad Ocho Cinco, Coach Marvin Lewis said today.
"I don't know why people continue with the speculation of moving Chad," Lewis said at the Bengals' pre-draft news conference, according to the team's website. "Many times we've reiterated--I don't know if we're keeping count on this--Chad's not getting moved.
"... I don't know if any team that goes through a draft doesn't draft a wideout. I'm sure there will be at least 32 receivers picked in this draft by 32 teams. Chances are we probably take a wideout at some point in the draft."
There has been speculation that Ocho Cinco, formerly known as Chad Johnson, might be on the trading block along with fellow NFL wide receivers Anquan Boldin of the Arizona Cardinals and Braylon Edwards of the Cleveland Browns.
But the Bengals already have lost wideout T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who signed with the Seattle Seahawks as a free agent, this offseason. And even after signing Laveranues Coles as a free agent, Lewis said the club wouldn't trade Ocho Cinco even if it drafts a receiver this weekend.
"You're going to carry a glut of those guys and if we can get a guy that could help us and give us some upside, I think that would be helpful," Lewis said, according to the Bengals' website. "It would not [affect the situation with Ocho Cinco]. I don't think we're going to pick a guy that's going to be better than Chad. I haven't seen that guy yet."
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