NFL Trade Speculation: 6 Teams That Would Welcome Chad Ochocinco with Open Arms
Chad Ochocinco has been quite the busy man this offseason.
He first tried out for a Major League Soccer team. That didn't work out.
He then tried to ride a bull. That went worse than his soccer tryout.
I think we could all agree that Chad's best skill is still catching a football as a receiver in the NFL. Now that the lockout will soon be lifted, he should probably start preparing for that again.
His days in Cincinnati may be numbered at this point, however. It wouldn't be surprising to see him moved before the season starts.
A number of teams should show interest in him as he still has the skills to be a solid threat.
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The Chicago Bears had a great run to the NFC title game last year, despite a somewhat suspect passing game.
Jay Cutler heads it all and he must play better next year in order for the Bears to advance further, but it would help if he had a big name to throw to.
The Bears' best receiver is Johnny Knox, who caught 51 passes for just under 1,000 yards this past year. Not bad numbers for a guy who is no better than a team's No. 2.
By bringing in Ochocinco, the Bears would finally have a big-name receiver for Cutler to throw the ball to.
He wouldn't put up the numbers he did from 2002-2007, but with a good running game in place, he could help stretch the field.
San Francisco 49ers
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The San Francisco 49ers have an up-and-coming defense, an improving offensive line, and a solid running game. The one thing missing is a passing game.
Alex Smith has struggled since being the first pick in 2004, but new coach Jim Harbaugh seems to like him.
Michael Crabtree has not lived up to expectations as of yet, and bringing in Chad could help both him and Smith grow. He would also be an upgrade over Josh Morgan at the No. 2 spot.
Chad would be a nice target to go alongside Vernon Davis, and would also be able to help Frank Gore as he may open up the running game.
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The Tennessee Titans had major quarterback issues in 2010, and that explains their selection of Jake Locker with the eigth pick in the draft.
He will most likely start from day one. The problem is that other than Chris Johnson behind him, he doesn't have much to work with.
Kenny Britt has had too many run-ins with the law and could be headed out, and Nate Washington is a solid two or three receiver.
Chad Ochocinco could come in and be the main guy from the get-go. Although he may not be the best bet to help a young quarterback develop, he is someone Locker could look to as his main man.
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The Minnesota Vikings made a gamble by selecting Christian Ponder with the 12th overall pick, and we'll have to wait and see if it plays out, as he is projected as the starter.
There have been some rumblings that Sidney Rice may not be coming back next season, and that would hurt the receiving core.
Chad Ochocinco could be brought in to help fill Rice's vacancy. Although older, he possesses some of the skills Rice did, except for the jump ball ability.
With Peterson in the backfield and Harvin as another solid threat on the outside, it would benefit Ponder to be able to throw the ball to a guy like Ochocinco.
New England Patriots
The Patriots could benefit greatly from Ochocinco joining their roster.
They took a big gamble by bringing in a hot-headed receiver in Randy Moss a few years ago, and it paid off big-time.
Ochocino has the same type of attitude as Moss, and I think the Patriots locker room would be able to keep him under wraps.
The prospect of Brady throwing to a guy like Chad would make the entire league scared, as it would be a great duo that would make the Patriots' running game and offense that much better.
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The Redskins had one of the worst offenses in the league last year. They couldn't find a healthy running back, and Donovan McNabb struggled to fit into the new system.
The Redskins have absolutely nothing at the wide receiver spot, as their best option will be rookie Leonard Hankerson.
They still have Chris Cooley at tight end, but his production has also diminished in the last few years.
Trading for Chad would greatly help the Redskins at that spot.
It should also help Donovan as he would have an experienced, reliable target to throw the ball to.