After a decent run in Cincinnati that saw the Bengals make the play-offs and actually win the very competitive AFC North two seasons ago, it looks like there will be plenty of changes this off-season.
We've already seen Bengals' owner Mike Brown take a hard line on quarterback Carson Palmer and it seems now that the team will go without their franchise wide receiver as well.
Many NFL sources are predicting that Chad Ochocinco will be shown the door in Cincinnati. If so, where will he end up?
New head coach Jim Harbaugh is going to want to turn things around quickly in the Bay area and given the weakness of the division he could very well coach them into the play-offs.
Though he's not an ideal personality and has butted heads with his coaches in the past, Ochocinco would be another offensive weapon that could help Alex Smith become the quarterback that the Niners thought they had drafted several seasons ago.
Think about this for a second, Smith would have Frank Gore in the back field (and in the flat when he goes out to catch passes) Vernon Davis at tight end, Michael Crabtree and Ochocinco at wide-outs, that sounds like a sound group that could win 10 or 11 games and take the NFC West easily.
Joe Flacco has averaged roughly 225 yards per game in the regular season, in the post season his average goes down to 150 yards per game.
Obviously Flacco needs some help out there if he wants to transition from good regular season quarterback to good post season quarterback.
Ochocinco would be an upgrade at wide out for the Ravens and could help Flacco get past the hated Steelers in the play-offs.
Speaking of the Steelers, they could use Ochocinco's play making ability and with strong offensive leadership from Ben Roethlisberger and a no nonsense coach like Mike Tomlin the wide out might behave.
However with increasing trouble from players like Rashard Mendenhall and James Harrison the Steelers may not want to add another boisterous player to there roster.
The Patriots seem to be the kings at taking diva players and getting a lot out of them. Already they've gotten great work out of former Bengal Corey Dillion and Randy Moss. Now that Pats are looking to work their magic on Albert Haynesworth.
It's no doubt that the Pats are in desperate need of a threat at wide-out, especially if the Jets acquire Nnamdi Asomugha.
Chad could come it and help out the Pats' offense instantly.
The Jets got a home town discount from Santonio Holmes and were able to re-sign him. With that re-signing however it looks like Braylon Edwards could be looking for a new home.
The Jets are going to want to replace him with another good wide-out.
Chad Ochocinco is going to want to go to where he'll be allowed to be himself.
If the money is right I think this is the perfect fit for Chad.
The business casual Jets will allow Chad to be himself and with easy going Rex Ryan at the helm I don't see Chad butting head with his coach.
If the Jets land Nnamdi and sign Chad to a reasonable deal they'll easily be my pick to win the AFC East, and quite possibly the AFC.