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Ocho Cinco unlikely to be traded
Bengals insider: Lewis expects wideout in stripes
With the draft two weekends away, the amount of e-mail from curious fans has increased. And most of it has focused on one player, Chad Ocho Cinco, and one question: Will he be traded?
The short answer is probably not. Barring a major change of course, he will be here after draft weekend and should be in Georgetown, Ky., for training camp.
Since Ocho Cinco did not show for the voluntary offseason workout program March 30, the rumor mill has increased about the wide receiver's future with the team. Things went into overdrive last Saturday when a blogger had Ocho Cinco traded to the Raiders for a second-round pick and running back Michael Bush.
Then on Tuesday, Michael Smith of ESPN reported that the Eagles would have an interest if Ocho Cinco were on the market.
Amid the speculation on Ocho Cinco, here are a couple key points to remember:
The primary people, agent Drew Rosenhaus and Ocho Cinco, are not saying anything. Last year, both were telling every media outlet within shouting distance that they wanted out of Cincinnati. This year Rosenhaus is staying true to his word by working behind the scenes and staying quiet.
According to ESPN.com, the Bengals' salary-cap hit would be $4.87 million. It is a high figure, but not a crippling amount that might preclude a trade from happening.
Whenever he's been asked, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has said he expects Ocho Cinco to be here and that he should have a good season. But at the league meetings a couple weeks ago, Lewis also said something that can be construed as a personal challenge to Ocho Cinco:
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