Lewis says Johnson should sit out the season

CINCINNATI (AP) - Tired of Chad Johnson's posturing for a trade,
Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis says the disgruntled receiver
should keep his word and sit out the season.
Lewis also said Tuesday that linebacker David Pollack is leaning
toward retirement. The former first-round draft pick broke a bone
in his neck while making a tackle during the 2006 season.
Pollack's decision isn't a surprise. He has said all along that
he doubted he would return if there was a chance he could injure
the neck again.
Lewis' comments about Johnson were his strongest yet. The Pro
Bowl receiver has been disgruntled since the middle of last season,
when his look-at-me antics came under criticism.
Since the end of last season, Johnson has been lobbying for a
trade even though he agreed to a long-term deal with the Bengals
two years ago. Johnson's contract would pay him $3 million next
season and extends through 2010, with a club option for 2011.
Although Johnson stopped talking to reporters in Cincinnati last
season, he has done numerous national interviews in which he
threatened to sit out the season if he's not traded. Lewis
responded Tuesday by saying he should follow through with his
"I've stated our case with Chad," Lewis said. "He has a
contract through 2011. He's stated without an opportunity to go to
a different team and a new contract, he wasn't going to play. I
think he's a man of his word and says he's not going to play, so
don't play."
Lewis said the Bengals haven't received a trade offer for
Johnson. The club repeatedly has said it won't trade him.

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