NFL Free Agency: 5 Reasons Chad Ochocinco Deal Is Good for Cincinnati Bengals
Fans in Cincinnati were a little shocked to see the face of the Bengals organization traded this week to the New England Patriots. The move is even more shocking when you think about Mike Brown letting Carson Palmer retire, rather than trade him.
Chad Ochocinco has been a staple on the Bengals roster since he was drafted in 2001. He holds every receiving record for the franchise, but his off-field antics and loudmouth character have often distracted fans from his skills on the field.
Ochocinco is still one of the best receivers in the league. With that being said, here are the five reasons why Mike Brown made the right move by trading Chad away.
5. Right for the Fans
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Bengals fans loved Chad Ochocinco from 2002 and while he was a breakout star and had 1,000-plus yards each season. Then, in the 2008 preseason, Ochocinco (then Johnson) made it very clear that he needed a “change of scenery."
Ever since Ochocinco made comments regarding the Bengals trading him, his persona has not been right with fans. Bengals fans are fed with players who don’t want to be part of the team. Ochocinco has done nothing this offseason to prove he wants to be part of the team.
4. Right for the Coach
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Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and Chad Ochocinco have had a back-and-forth relationship over the last 10 years.
During games and practices it appears that they are close, almost like father and son. It’s off the field when Ochocinco gets on the radio, TV or Twitter that he starts bashing his head coach.
Ochocinco has said in interviews that he does not like his coach. This kind of behavior, whether or not he is joking, should not be tolerated. Mike Brown did right for Marvin Lewis when he sent Ochocinco off to New England.
3. He's Past His Prime
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I say this knowing that Ochocinco is going to have one of his best years in New England, but he’ll have outstanding numbers because of Tom Brady. Cincinnati does not have a Tom Brady.
Chad’s numbers have been on the decline since 2007. In 2009, he had over 1,000 yards, but his average yards per reception was well under what it had been in the past, not to mention he had a career-high two fumbles.
Ochocinco will have a great season with New England, but the fact is he could not put up the numbers he used to if he stayed with Cincinnati.
2. Back to Football
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The theme of the post-lockout NFL has been back to football. This will be a hard transition for Ochocinco who has been busy this offseason with everything but football.
Ochocinco has never been in any legal trouble while part of the NFL, but his antics are almost a worse distraction. From his overzealous touchdown celebrations to his ridiculous name changes, Chad has somehow managed to make everything in Bengals football about him. (I wonder if Bill Belichick will let him go to the locker room when Brady is throwing a Hail Mary as time expires.)
It will be refreshing for Marvin Lewis and the rest of the franchise to not have to worry about their star player being fined every game for tweeting or wearing self-glorifying shoes.
1. It's a New Era in Cincinnati
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The Bengals are ready to move on. No more living in the past of the amazing 2005 season or the 2009 AFC North sweep that nobody saw coming. It’s a new day for the Bengals and that means washing their hands of all the extra baggage.
Carson Palmer can take his millions and retire to California. Ochocinco can take his loudmouth and showboat over in Foxborough. The Cincinnati Bengals now belong to Andy Dalton and A.J. Green.
Mike Brown has truly dedicated the team to rebuilding itself. Last year they picked up tight end Jermaine Gresham who is on par to be a top receiving threat. Along with Gresham, the team found a great receiver in Jordan Shipley who was a standout last season. Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell also proved themselves in the absence of T.O. and Ochocinco.
The young team is built for success. Brown proved there is no room for egos on the Bengals roster anymore. A new era has begun for the Cincinnati Bengals and it no longer includes Chad Ochocinco.