Kansas City Chiefs: Chad Ochocinco Released, Are They a Good Fit?

Jeremy SickelContributor IIIJune 7, 2012

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18: Chad Ochocinco #85 of the New England Patriots walks off the field with his head down against the Denver Broncos on December 18, 2011 during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. The New England Patriots won the game 41-23. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
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The New England Patriots have released Chad Ochocinco after a failed attempt at trading the oft troublesome wide receiver, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

After making headlines Thursday morning upon leaving the Patriots’ complex shortly after his arrival, speculation began to swirl.

The fact that the Patriots were unable to find a trade partner for Ochocinco isn’t a shock, considering his recent production and that he is a 34-year old wideout. However, just because teams weren’t willing to give up anything valuable for him doesn’t mean there isn’t a market for his services.

While there might not be a ton of teams knocking at his door, the Kansas City Chiefs could come calling, especially as the Dwayne Bowe contract talks continue to drag on.

General manager Scott Pioli has done an outstanding job the last couple of offseasons surrounding quarterback Matt Cassel with a throng of options. Bowe, along with Jon Baldwin, Steve Breaston, Tony Moeaki and Kevin Boss comprise one of the most underrated corps of passing targets in the league.

So what benefit is there to bring in a malcontent wide receiver on the downside of his career? At face value, there is none.

Ochocinco hasn’t shown the ability to be a mentor, something that is imperative at his age in the NFL, especially for a Chiefs team that is sprinkled with youth up and down its roster.

Though it may seem the Chiefs are set at the position with a good mix of veterans and fresh legs at wide receiver, Ochocinco could come with a very cheap price tag however, the most attractive part about this entire situation.

However, is a discounted rate enough to balance out all the negativity that might come with Ochocinco?

Since there is no guarantee of what you might get out of him on the football field, the Chiefs should stay away from No. 85.

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