STINKO FORCING HIS WAY OUT? Posted by Mike Florio on January 30, 2008, 2:55 p.m. Several readers tell us that Bengals receiver Chad Johnson is making the rounds in Arizona, and that he’s creating the distinct impression that he wants out of Cincinnati. One reader said that Ocho Stinko appeared on The Jim Rome Show on Wednesday, and made it clear that he’s looking to get out. Lance McAlister of 1530 The Homer in Cincy has an entry about the comments of Señor Stinko on McAlister’s blog. “This isn’t cute….it isn’t fun…and it’s not an act,” McAlister writes. “This is calculated and orchestrated. He and agent Drew Rosenhaus have put the wheels in motion to get out of town. They believe he’s best served leaving Cincinnati.” Recently, Johnson joked on camera about hoping to be traded to Miami, and he has given disturbingly candid interviews to Sirius NFL Radio and to ESPN Radio regarding his status in Bengals. But coach Marvin Lewis has said that Johnson won’t be traded. Of course, the Eagles have said the same thing about quarterback Donovan McNabb, and plenty of people aren’t buying that one, either. Stay tuned. Three years after T.O. forced his way out of Philly, there could be another NFL soap opera playing itself out in Cincy. CHAD FLIRTS WITH CHARLOTTE Posted by Mike Florio on January 30, 2008, 7:02 p.m. Bengals receiver Chad Johnson continued to back-door campaign to get out of Cincinnati on Wednesday with a comment to Mark Packer of WFNZ in Charlotte. Per multiple readers, Johnson addressed on “Primtime with the Packman” the possibility of teaming up with receiver Steve Smith. “85 plus 89 equals Super Bowl,” Johnson supposedly said. Permalink | Comments Back to Top CHAD’S PLAYING IT COY Posted by Mike Florio on January 30, 2008, 4:54 p.m. Though Bengals receiver Chad Johnson didn’t come out and say that he wants out of Cincinnati during a Wednesday visit to ESPN’s NFL Live, he didn’t say that he wants to return — and he was given every opportunity to do so. Instead, he said that he wants to play for a contender, and he pulled out the “next question” card when pressed on whether the Bengals fall into that category. Johnson will try his damnedest not to come off as the bad guy in this. In the end, however, he won’t pull it off. If he wants out, he needs to be a man and say so. Otherwise, he needs to say that he wants to stay, and he needs to shut up and get about the business of being a good teammate. John Clayton blog Johnson to the Dolphins? Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson continues to push for a trade, possibly to the Miami Dolphins. He is trying to angle for a new contract but even that appears to be unlikely at the moment.