2011 NFL Free Agency: Why the Chicago Bears Should Avoid Chad Ochocinco

Jake KarmelCorrespondent IIJuly 26, 2011

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Chad Ochocinco #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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With the recent news of Chad Ochocinco's release, I can't help but cringe at the thought of Jerry Angelo signing him to play for the Chicago Bears in 2011.

Don't get me wrong. Chad Ochocinco is a great receiver. He would be an incredible upgrade over the receiving troupe the Bears have now.

That doesn't change my stance. Avoid Chad Ochocinco at all costs. Please Jerry Angelo. Please.

He's a nuisance, a distraction and he wouldn't help the Bears.

The kind of receiver the Bears need isn't an Ochocinco-esque receiver. I know Chad stands tall at 6-1. I know he's explosive. I know he's fast. He doesn't fit in orange in blue.

He's put together a nice career for himself with seven 1,000 yard receiving seasons. Not to mention 66 touchdowns in his career. Once again, that doesn't change my stance that the Bears don't need him.

He's not a team player and it would only cause more distraction in the locker room and on the field. The Bears need a Sidney Rice type player or even Malcolm Floyd or Mike Sims-Walker. They have one drama queen (as much as I love the guy) in Jay Cutler behind center. They don't need another.

Imagine if Cutler has a three pick game again and maybe one of those is Ochocinco's fault. The scrum between Cutler and Ocho would be worse than McNabb and Owens.

The relationship would be more devastating with a lot less results than Shaq and Kobe.

He was tied for seventh in dropped passes last season with eight. Every dropped pass thrown his way by Cutler would cause an argument on the sideline and tension and distractions in the locker room.

For the sake of every Bears fan's sanity, Mr. Angelo, do not, I repeat, do not sign Chad Ochocinco.