Browns notebook: Chad Johnson's plans for the Hall of Fame
On Monday, Bengals funny man Chad Johnson wore a postcard to Canton on his back.
Now the message is coming out of his mouth.
“Laugh if you want,” the 29-year-old wideout said Wednesday. “It’s not a joke. I meant what I said. I will be there.”
“There” is the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
What he said played out Monday night during a win over the Ravens.
After catching a 39-yard touchdown pass, Johnson pulled on a replica gold enshrinee blazer that read, “Hall of Fame, 20??”
During a conference call Wednesday, Johnson smirked when asked if he was half serious about the Hall of Fame.
“You know what I want to you to do?” Johnson responded. “Look at what I’ve done thus far. Project what I’m gonna do before I retire.”
Even counting a 2001 rookie year in which he had just 329 receiving yards, Johnson is averaging 1,154 yards in his six full NFL seasons.
One perspective: He will face the Browns on Sunday. Cleveland’s all-time wide receiver in terms of yards is Ray Renfro, with 5,508. Counting his 95-yard game against Baltimore on Monday, Johnson has given the Bengals 7,020.
“What I did Monday night was not a joke,” Johnson said of his Hall of Fame celebration. “I meant what I said. I will be there. I just don’t know what year it will be.”
Johnson hopes to get to the Dawg Pound before going into the Hall. He said he will leap into the first row of the bleachers if he scores Sunday.
There could be more.
“Just know I have something planned,” he said.
More reaction on the Charlie Frye trade, Derek Anderson’s promotion and Brady Quinn’s revised status as the No. 2 QB:
- WR Braylon Edwards: “I didn’t see it coming.”
- TE Kellen Winslow Jr.: “I think Charlie knew it was gonna happen at some point. It’s a cutthroat business.”
- WR Tim Carter: “Based on what I was hearing, it was not a huge surprise on my end.”
- C Hank Fraley: “We all have all the confidence in the world in D.A.”
- DE Orpheus Roye: “You notice, but you’re so tied up in the defense that you don’t worry about it.”
- QB Derek Anderson: “I’m not saying it’s weird ...”
- QB Brady Quinn: “We’re gonna miss Charlie in a lot of ways ... as a friend, as a leader.”
- Winslow: “Derek, Brady, Dorsey ... whoever’s in, we have each other’s back. That goes for you (smiling at a writer) if you’re in.”
- Edwards: “Right now, D.A. is our guy. We’ll support him and try to ride it out with him.”
Kellen Winslow Jr. enjoys stirring things up. “Leigh Bodden is my man,” Winslow said as his teammate walked by.
“I think he’s the best corner in the league.”
On the phone a while later, Chad Johnson revised that a bit, saying Bodden is “one of the best cover corners.”
Johnson mentioned Bodden in the same breath as Champ Bailey and Chris McAllister.
Any merit in letting Bodden get in one full season as a starter first?
- Carson Palmer didn’t sit out his rookie year because he was a rookie, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. He said he played veteran Jon Kitna because he “didn’t want to give the players an excuse if we didn’t win.” Lewis said Kitna played because he was a better player than Palmer at that point. Whether Anderson is better than Quinn is a question Lewis wouldn’t touch.
- Lewis was impressed by Quinn in the preseason. “When he got his chances, he was pretty direct and pretty accurate.”
- Johnson and Edwards, the No. 1 wide receivers of the Bengals and Browns, are “very, very, very, very good friends,” according to Johnson, who said: “We talk about football, the ins and outs. I’m expecting a big year out of Braylon.” But ... “They’ve got to feed it to him.”
- Brady Quinn is pleased to be reunited with Ken Dorsey, the quarterback who filled him in while he was holding out. “Obviously, it’s nice,” Quinn said. “He’s a huge mentor.” Dorsey was cut Sept. 1 and resigned Tuesday.
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