NFL Trade Rumors: Could Chad Ochocinco Be Trade Bait During Draft?
NFL Trade Rumors Ponder Chad Ochocinco's Trade Bait Potential
As the NFL Draft approaches, we're hearing more and more names pop up in trade rumors around the league. Most are expendable for one reason or another, but almost all still have plenty of value left for potential suitors.
One of the biggest names being bandied about remains that of Chad Ochocinco, the Cincinnati Bengals motormouthed wideout. We all know Ocho wants out of Cincinnati, because, well, he told us he did.
Now, Hall of Fame wideout turned television analyst Cris Carter, thinks the Bengals would be wise to find a team willing to take on the loud mouthed receiver.
“I’m sick of Chad, I’m sick of hearing from him, I’m sick of hearing what he’s going to do,” Carter said. “”Chad, he’s definitely going to end up on someone else’s team if I’m calling the shots.”
Frankly, we have to agree with him. The head coach doesn't want him in Cincinnati, Chad doesn't want to be in Cincinnati anymore, and the fans are getting sick of his act. So why not send him somewhere new?
Trading Chad during the draft would make perfect sense for the Bengals. The fact is, they're in need of an offensive overhaul, and dealing Chad could garner at least one more pick somewhere in the draft. There are plenty of teams out there who could use Ocho's talents (yes, he still has talents on the football field), and trading him gives the Bengals a chance to potentially find a new speedy wideout to replace him with.
There's just one tiny snag to this plan, and it's the same snag the Bengals have had for decades now: Mike Brown. The team's owner/general manager/village idiot seems to stubbornly think that Ocho wants to stay with the Bengals, much as he thinks Carson Palmer won't retire if he's not traded. He has yet to voice any indication that he wants to trade the wideout, and as long as he's calling the shots, that means that unless he has a change of heart, the Bengals likely won't pull the trigger on a deal.
In the end, while a deal involving Chad makes sense for all parties involved, that's exactly why the deal won't happen. If a move makes sense, that all but assures that Mike Brown wants no part of it. He'll hold onto the wideout, and to his quarterback, and Bengals fans will be in for yet another year of Ocho's antics, even as his skills decline on the field.
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