From ESPN.com: Johnson says he’ll return to Bengals shortly
Johnson held out hope of a pre-draft trade or a deal with a team like Philadelphia, Dallas or Miami. When nothing materialized by mid-May, Johnson began to consider a different approach, according to his coach and mentor, Charles Collins, who was in Florida to oversee the All-Pro receiver’s offseason workout regime.
“Look how well I’ve done while talking every week and calling people out and making things so hard on me with all this attention,” Johnson said. “I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I could do if I just played and didn’t talk. Things would be a whole lot easier on me. And think of the numbers I could put up. Then what would people say about me?”
“It’s the reinvention of Ocho Cinco,” he says. “I’m dead serious. People need to take me as I am because I just don’t give a [expletive] anymore. That’s how I’d sum up my attitude for the next season.”
Who is this guy? And what did they do to Chad Johnson?
Seriously, if Chad Johnson came back, kept his mouth shut, and just played, Bengals fans would once again love him. What the fans loved was his love for the game and the joy that he brought to it.
Can Chad Johnson learn to be a team first player? That would be the biggest reinvention yet.