Canton, he's predicting, will be a final destination.
Until then, next stop: The Dawg Pound.
"I hope I get in there," Johnson said in preparation of Cincinnati's visit on Sunday to Cleveland. "They can give me some popcorn -- throw some beers at me -- whatever they want to do. I'm going to jump in the Dawg Pound."
It remains to be seen if anyone will be sitting there.
The Browns, just 18-39 at home since their 1999 expansion return, are fumbling and bumbling once again.
Anderson's future under center could last one play, one quarter or a few games. He'll stay in as long as he's healthy and as long as he's not throwing passes to the opposition. That's when rookie Brady Quinn will get the call from coach Romeo Crennel.
Cleveland fans are already clamoring and chanting for Quinn, Notre Dame's departed star, who could make his regular-season debut against the Bengals.
"There's always a chance a guy can play," Crennel said. "He's only one play away from being in the game."
On paper, it doesn't look good for the brown-and-orange against their black-and-orange Ohio brethren.
"We're probably going to have to play the best games of our lives," Crennel said.
There's some confidence, huh?
"It doesn't mean much," said Johnson, downplaying the significance of catching the speedy Curtis, who also wore 85. "I respect all records that I do achieve. It says a lot about what I've accomplished, what I've worked for since I was young.
"But my focus right now from this point on in my career is getting a ring. That's it. I could care less about the numbers right now. I've done all I can do. My goal coming in here was to get to the Pro Bowl. I've been there. My goal behind that was break a couple of records, set my name in the foundation of this organization. I've done that. My goal now is getting to Arizona (site of this season's Super Bowl), period. That's it. And I will do it by all means necessary."
Johnson has enjoyed modest success against the Browns, scoring six TDs in 12 career games. Cleveland has been able to contain him largely because of cornerback Leigh Bodden, who Johnson calls a friend and "one of the best cover corners in the NFL."
Bodden missed Cleveland's last meeting with the Bengals because of an ankle injury, and could miss Sunday's game because of a groin injury that has hobbled him in practice this week.
"That's one of the best receivers in the league," Bodden said. "To play him twice a year, that's great for me to show where I am as a corner. If I do a good job against him, I can do a good job against any receiver in the league."
Johnson had seven receptions for 123 yards the last time he faced the Browns. However, he didn't score, failing to make good on a previous promise to vault into the Dawg Pound on his last trip to Lake Erie's shoreline.
Devon Holley could start in Bodden's place. Holley was also limited in practice this week after a late hit by Pittsburgh's Hines Ward last Sunday caused him to lose consciousness. Hines was fined $5,000 by the NFL on Friday for unnecessary roughness.
Holley said Friday that he's ready for Johnson, who he covered during Johnson's seven-catch game last season.
"He's smart and he studies the game," Holley said. "Some people think Chad is a trash talker and a bad guy, but he's not. He just loves the game and I love the competitive edge that he plays with."
Bodden says Johnson should go right ahead with his jump into Cleveland's notoriously rowdy bleacher section.
"If he wants to get beaten up," Bodden said.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press