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Redskins Won't Comment On Chad Johnson

The Redskins have declined comment on a reported trade offer to the Cincinnati Bengals for wide receiver Chad Johnson., the Bengals' official web site, has reported that Cincinnati team officials turned down a Redskins trade offer for Johnson.

The Redskins' offer would have included the first-round pick this year--at No. 21--and a conditional third-round pick in 2009, the report said. reported that head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed the Redskins' offer in a media session on Tuesday.

During a pre-draft media briefing at Redskins Park, executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato would not discuss the report.

"We never comment on trades," Cerrato said. "When we complete trades or do anything like that, we comment on them. But we don't comment on hearsay."

After the media briefing, head coach Jim Zorn was asked about Johnson and his often mercurial personality.

"I don't really know Chad all that well," Zorn said. "I haven't spoken to him, obviously. You'd really like to get to know a guy before you jump in. In this kind of situation, I don't know yet. You hate to comment or speculate on something that's really not there."

Later, Zorn was asked by media if he thought Johnson would work well with a young quarterback in Jason Campbell.

Replied Zorn: "[Johnson is] not on our team, guys."

Johnson is a 7-year NFL veteran regarded as an elite-level receiver. He has caught 87 passes or more each of the last five seasons.

For his career, Johnson has 559 receptions and 49 touchdowns. Last season, he caught 93 passes for 1,440 yards and eight touchdowns.

Of course, Johnson made a name for himself early in his career with memorable touchdown celebrations. Since 2006, the NFL has imposed a 15-yard penalty for excessive celebrations, though.

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