In January, Carson Palmer released the demand that he wanted to be traded or he would retire. He didn’t get what he wanted, and has retired from the NFL.
In more Bengals drama, Chad Ochocinco has been criticizing Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and owner Mike Brown throughout the lockout. Today it has been released that Chad Ochocinco will be going to New England after 10 years in Cincinnati.
Regardless of the different emotions about Ochocinco, he was the best receiver in Bengals history. He had the most receptions in the franchise with 751, and the most receiving yards with 10,783. He will always be remembered for his famous touchdown dances and theatrics.
As he moves on, will Bengals fans remember him as one of the best receivers for their team?
Feelings about Ochocinco have changed a lot ever since he tried to leave Cincinnati just a few years ago. He once was known for his sure hands, but in the last couple seasons he’s been one of the biggest butter-fingers in the league. After a while, you could tell that he wanted to be more Hollywood than team player.
He had his moments, but the Bengals decided that there will be a new identity for the team. They have replaced two of their top players with a couple high-caliber rookies. Andy Dalton will eventually be the franchise quarterback, and A.J. Green will be the star receiver.
In a season that fans had begged for a change, for once they got the change they wanted. Cincinnati got their new quarterback and their new superstar, but will they be satisfied?
I have already been pleased to hear that A.J. Green has signed with the Bengals, and will be the fastest signed first-round pick since Jonathan Joseph. This shows that he is eager to come in and start doing work.
Jerome Simpson has also released statements that he is ready to step up and be the star that he knows he can be. Simpson took the spotlight in the last two games of the season when Ochocinco and Terrell Owens were down with injuries. He’s been training hard all season, and is ready to get started with the new offense.
It was time for Ochocinco to move on, and Tom Brady found a new star target. There is no doubt in my mind that if the Patriots can handle Randy Moss, then they can handle Ochocinco. Brady will not let Chad talk back like he did with Palmer—he is in for a rude awakening.
This is the second move of the day that indicates that the Bengals are ready to move forward to newer and hopefully better things. Fans, what is your reaction?