Ochocinco Says 'My Time Is Up,' So Where To Next for the Bengals WR?

Matt Gray@mattkgrayContributor IApril 28, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 14:  Chad Ochocinco #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals reaches for a pass during the Bengals 23-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 14, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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As the weeks go by, Chad Ochocinco continues to voice his disdain towards the Cincinnati Bengals organization and his desire to leave.

Following an offseason that has seen The Ocho try to canvas interest from any team that will listen, the most recent news on the subject is that Chad Ochocinco believes that his "time is up" in Cincinnati.

Ochocinco, who holds the crown of NFL's King of Twitter, tends to focus on things outside of football when conversing with fans online, but when queried about the Bengals potential No. 4 pick Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green, Ochocinco had the following to say, "He'd be perfect," and followed that by stating, 'I've done all I can, my time is up.'

Ocho also had no problem criticizing Head Coach Marvin Lewis,

"I love Cincy, but coach Lewis is mean to me now so I think I am gone...He has gone over board to publicly (chastise) the one guy who loves him i'm so hurt," Ochocinco said. "Y'all ever lost somebody you felt was close to (you) but they flip on you without giving (you) the script? Marvin Lewis hurt my feelings."

So where next for Ochocinco? If the Bengals take A.J. Green on Thursday, it will likely be a confirmation of Ochocinco's time being up.

As the Bengals move towards the youth movement with Gresham, Shipley, Caldwell and Simpson, and perhaps A.J. Green, the need for Ocho is somewhat dwindling. With Green likely being able to step into the No.1 receiver shoes right away, 85 might have to look elsewhere for validation.

This is exactly the reason why Ochocinco likely won't end up in New England, as the Patriots went a similar route by releasing Randy Moss and filling the void with a myriad of no name receivers who made the Patriots fans forget Moss's name in a heartbeat. This makes it hard for Bill Belichick to justify bringing in a very similar receiver to the one he just let go, particularly since 85 might not be as good as Moss right now.

So who could use a guy like 85 right now?

Well Oakland is definitely worth considering. While there's no denying Ocho would be more than happy a stone's throw from Hollywood, Oakland could actually use him. Moreover, Raiders coach Hue Jackson is familiar to Ochocinco, having been the Bengals receivers coach from '04-'06.

Ocho added fuel to the fire earlier this year by tweeting, "I would not care where Hue Jackson got a job. I would go play for him, run through a wall, jump in front of a bus, etc. u get the point...Man that was the greatest coach I ever had."

With Darrius Heyward-Bey yet to take off and a good young receiver in Jacoby Ford, and many suggesting Oakland is one good draft away from being the best team in the AFC West, Ocho could provide one more solid fire power at WR.

Yet there are two concerns still to discuss, firstly would Darrius give up the No. 85 jersey to Ochocinco!? Secondly and more seriously, would Hue Jackson want Ochocinco to groom his young receivers? It could lead to catastrophe...

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