Lewis said he has not talked with Johnson since the regular season ended, but added, "We've had a great relationship. All I want to see is Chad continue to be a very, very productive NFL player and help us win a lot of football games. And that's not going to change."
The NFL Players Association confirmed Tuesday that the Bengals would take an $8.03 million salary cap hit if they traded or released Johnson before June 1.
There are also several reports saying that if Johnson were to hold out next season, the Bengals are ready to play hardball.
So combine a tough $8 million cap hit, and a very strong rebuke from the head coach... and it certainly looks like Chad Johnson isn't going anywhere. Not here, to Washington, not to Dallas, and not to Miami.