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The agent for disgruntled Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson denied an ESPN report that indicated Johnson would sit out the 2008 season.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus told the Cincinnati Enquirer: "Chad Johnson will play football in 2008.'' He just didn's say it would be in Cincinnati.

Johnson is under contract with the Bengals through 2011. The total deal is worth $35.5 million, $16 million of which was paid in the past two years. Johnson's contract calls for a $3 million base salary in 2008, and he would count $6.3 million against the Bengals' salary cap next season. If they were to trade or release Johnson, which is highly unlikely, the Bengals would probably hold out for at least a second-round draft pock as compensation.

Source: Cincinnati Enquirer

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