NFL Rumors: Chad Johnson to Philadelphia Eagles Not Happening

John DegrooteCorrespondent IISeptember 18, 2012

August 10, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA;  Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson (85) is defended by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Anthony Gaitor (26) during the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE
Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

Free agent wide receiver Chad Johnson set the NFL rumor mill ablaze this morning after sending out a tweet that he was on his way to Philadelphia.

5 hours past my bed time... if I miss this flight to Philly in the morning it'd definitely be a pisstified moment...

— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) September 18, 2012

The Eagles have been hampered by injuries at the wide receiver position. DeSean Jackson is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, Jeremy Maclin has a lingering hip injury that may sideline him and while Riley Cooper practiced last week for the first time since fracturing his collarbone, he may still miss another week.

It would be practical for the Eagles to pick up a veteran wideout who could be productive while their leading receivers recover.

However, Pro Football Talk confirmed early Tuesday that the artist formerly known as Ochocinco does not have a workout scheduled with the Philadelphia Eagles:

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has learned that Johnson’s tweet early on Tuesday about a visit to Philadelphia was not a cryptic way of announcing a visit with the team. Johnson’s Twitter account has featured no new updates about his travels, but feel free to head over if you’d like to know what music Johnson listened to this morning during breakfast.

Signing Johnson would be a bad move for the Eagles. He comes with a lot of baggage and was not even able to survive training camp with the lowly Miami Dolphins.

Johnson, 33, caught just 15 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown in New England last season, and that was with Tom Brady throwing him the ball.

Have we seen the last of Johnson in the NFL? I don't think so. But even Johnson acknowledged he needs some time off from football to deal with the things that went on this year. In a tweet to ESPN's Skip Bayless, Johnson wrote:

I have to take this yr off to work on me boss RT @realskipbayless: Hey Thanks man. This game needs you Riverdancing after catching a TD pass

— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) September 18, 2012

As for the Eagles, they should still scour the free-agent market to fill the void if the unthinkable happens and Jackson, Maclin and Cooper miss the team's game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Jabar Gaffney could be a solid option and comes with much less baggage than Johnson.