NFL Free Agency: Should the St. Louis Rams Consider WR Chad Ochocinco?

Ethan NovakAnalyst IIMay 6, 2011

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Chirstopher Owens #21 of the Atlanta Falcons nearly picks off this pass intended for Chad Ochocinco #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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When you hear the experts talk about the St. Louis Rams' receiver situation, you'll hear certain key phrases and expressions used at a frequent pace—"lacking," "thin," "horrid" and several other negative terms. 

This is a substantial misconception.

Significant knee injuries to starters Donnie Avery and Mark Clayton severely depleted their depth at the position last year.

Furthermore, most people judged them off those final few games, where the Rams featured a lineup of Danario Alexander, Brandon Gibson, Danny Amendola and Laurent Robinson.

Once Avery and Clayton return this season, they'll provide a large impact in the passing game and bring the Rams' receiver rotation, as a whole, up to a level of respectability. 

That being said, it would still be nice to have one more big weapon in the passing game, wouldn't it?

With Julio Jones failing to fall to the Rams in Round 1 and draft picks Austin Pettis and Greg Salas probably not ready to make significant contributions just yet, the Rams should look to free agency to provide a boost. 

Having said that, if the Rams do decide to sign a receiver, would Chad Ochocinco fit in? 

A mixture of the Bengals' drafting of A.J. Green and the constant angry spouts between Ochocinco and coach Marvin Lewis have made it evident that Ochocinco isn't going to be a Bengal for long.

The moment that free agency re-opens, expect Cincinnati to release the receiver. 

On paper, Ochocinco appears to be a good fit for St Louis. At 6'1" and 192 pounds, he provides good size and athleticism on the outside. There won't be a single concern in terms of conditioning, either, as Ochocinco is currently on the Sporting Kansas City reserve soccer team.

While he is beginning to get up there in age (he turned 33 in January), Ochocinco should still have at least one-to-three more adequate years left in him.

In 2010, Ochocinco managed 67 catches for 831 yards and four touchdowns. The Rams' leading receiver in 2010, Danny Amendola, only racked up 689 yards on 85 catches.

Stat-wise, Ochocinco would be an improvement.

However, the receiver would bring a fair share of baggage with him to St. Louis.

Known for his large ego and over-the-top personality, Ochocinco has made it no secret that he loves the spotlight. From his fine-inducing touchdown dances to his off the field antics, there is a cause for concern regarding his character. 

It appears the Rams are enjoying flying under the radar as of the moment and the clubhouse chemistry is as smooth as ever. Bringing in a personality such as Ochocinco, therefore, could bring attention to St. Louis—similar to the sort of attention that Randy Moss could have brought if the Rams had brought him in last year. 

Whether the attention would be positive or negative is entirely up to you.

Would the Rams benefit from having a small spotlight, or is it too risky putting this kind of a personality in such a young and impressionable locker room?  

All this just begs the question:

If the Rams can get Ochocinco for a reasonable price at one to two years, should they pull the trigger?