Cincinnati Bengals News and Notes

Dari LasmaContributor IMay 22, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 07:  Chad Johnson #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals makes a catch against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 7, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Andre Smith continues to find himself in the headlines and it isn't because of a recent photo shoot with GQ. Yet again it has to do with the representation of the Bengals' future right tackle.

Priority Sports, who Smith hired to represent him a couple weeks before the draft, released a statement today regarding their former client.

“We were asked to come in at the last minute to provide credibility to his draft status and we succeeded in that task. Soon after the draft, Andre Smith became a tremendous distraction to our company.

"What we have subsequently determined is that Andre Smith does not match the culture of Priority Sports and the character of the clients we take so much pride in representing."

The report per is available here.

Andre Smith fired Alvin Keels and hired Priority Sports' Rick Smith to bungee his free-falling draft stock before the draft and they accomplished that task. Now that he's been drafted, Andre fired Smith to return to Keels who will likely be able to negotiate a better deal.

The bottom line? Andre Smith played Priority Sports and they are whining about it by slandering his name. Sports agents are the slimiest part of the sports industry so it's nice to see a player use them the way agents use players.

Kudos to Andre. Now that Alvin Keels is your agent, you should probably use the GlennGary Glen Ross method of ABC while discussing your impending hold out with Katie and Troy Blackburn.

Moving on.

Carson Palmer had a radio interview recently and said nothing that we haven't already heard a thousand times. He's optimistic about the team this season and is thrilled about his wide receiving corp.

"It's definitely a new look for the Bengals receiver corps but I couldn't be happier with the guys we've got," Palmer said.

The interesting part, or at least interesting to the national media and fans who generally ignore anything Bengals-related unless it pertains to Chad Ocho Cinco, is Carson's little nugget on the only non-OTA-attending wide out:

"I haven’t talked to anybody that has talked to him (Ocho Cinco). He wasn’t here last year so I’m expecting him not to be here at all this year....T.J.’s gone and Chad’s pretty much gone, he hasn’t been here," Palmer said.

Stop the press. I suppose these comments could be construed as a suggestion that Chad won't be back in town. But you have to bear in mind, Palmer was trying to cover both the departure of TJ and the absence of Chad in one answer.

If Carson is trying to send a message to Chad about not being in camp, he is probably causing more harm than good, considering Ocho Cinco's comments last season when Carson chimed in on the situation.

"I wish he would stay out of my business,'' Ocho Cinco said.

My take is the longer Chad stays out in LA the better. This team's vocal leader has shown it's willing to move on without him and the longer he's out of the picture the more reps will be given to players who genuinely want to be with the Bengals.

The last bit of news is more of a rumor. But this rumor has 77 career sacks so it's worth a thought.

The Cowboys are apparently shopping veteran outside linebacker Greg Ellis. The Bengals have been labeled as one of the potential trade partners.

Ellis played under Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer while he was in Dallas and is likely familiar with his scheme and coaching style. Ellis is 33 years old and would carry quite a cap hit if the Bengals chose to trade for him, $5 million to be exact.

If the Bengals are considering a trade, they shouldn't. Despite being a more proven pass rusher than any player on the Bengals roster, Ellis is aging and his playing time has diminished over the last few seasons. He would likely only play a rotational role and for just a couple seasons more. Role players don't get paid $5 million a year.

It would be dumb to trade anything for Ellis because it's clear he will be leaving Dallas without a trade. They drafted Anthony Spencer in the first round in 2007 and drafted two more pass rushers this April. The Cowboys also had a team meeting of the veteran players this week and their most tenured player, Ellis, wasn't invited.

So, if the Bengals really did want Ellis they should wait for the Cowboys to realize no one will trade for a 33-year old role player and wait for the pink slip with a Dallas star on it to be delivered to Ellis' mailbox. Then the Bengals could acquire their third ex-Cowboy of this offseason for a much lower price and there will be much rejoicing.