Friday, July 23, 2004

Corner Brooks still lone signee


Johnson's jersey popular commodity across country

By Mark Curnutte
Enquirer staff writer

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Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson (right) has one of the top-selling jerseys nationwide, according to an NFL merchandise Web site. He trails only the Eagles' Terrell Owens and the Falcons' Michael Vick on NFLShop.com.
The Associated Press/DAVID KOHL
Cornerback Greg Brooks remains the only one of 11 Bengals draft picks to have reached contract terms with the team.

Team spokesman Jack Brennan said late Thursday he had not been informed of any pending announcements.

The Bengals' policy under coach Marvin Lewis is not to comment on contract negotiations.

MORE ODDS: BetWWTS.com currently lists the Bengals at 35-1 odds to win the Super Bowl, 18-1 to win the AFC Championship and 5-2 to win the AFC North Division.

BIG TIME: Chad Johnson is nationwide.

Johnson's No. 85 jersey is the third-leading seller nationally since April 1 on NFLShop.com. The top two are jerseys for Eagles receiver Terrell Owens and Falcons quarterback Mike Vick.

The wide receiver's third-place showing is the highest for a Bengals jersey since NFLShop.com's inception in 1999. The No. 28 formerly worn by tailback Corey Dillon, now with the Patriots, had cracked the top 25 a couple of times, a league spokesman said.

In terms of team merchandise, the Bengals continue to rank in the bottom third of the league, spokesman Dan Masonson said. The top five teams are Oakland, New England, Green Bay, Dallas and Philadelphia.

MAKING HISTORY: Washington's Joe Gibbs will join Bengals founder Paul Brown as the only coaches to coach in an NFL Hall of Fame game after their induction to the shrine in Canton.

Gibbs' Redskins will play Denver on Monday night, Aug. 9. Gibbs returns to the NFL this season after leading the Redskins to a 124-60 record and three Super Bowl titles from 1981-92. He was enshrined in 1996.

Brown coached the Bengals in the Hall of Fame game in 1975, his final season as an NFL coach. He was inducted in 1967 and died in 1991 while still working as the Bengals' general manager.

E-mail mcurnutte@enquirer.com




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