It has been brewing for years and it seems this time the Bengals might finally be ready to flip the page to a new chapter in Bengals history that does not have Chad Ochocinco’s name written anywhere on it. Although Ocho is signed under a club option allegedly exercised years ago (supposedly 2007) he still may be on the outs with the team. A back and forth between Chad and Marvin through the media has fueled rumors of a growing discontent between the two, and its hard to see whose at fault here.
Regardless, the Chad Ochocinco we know hasn’t been the same since T.J. Houshmandzadeh followed him to the Probowl, and made the Bengals choose between the two. It seems as T.J. began to get love and Marvin seemed content on moving on without him, Chad began his disdain for his coach and started begging to leave the team. Even though the Bengals decided to keep Chad and let T.J. walk things still have never seemed to be completely healed between coach and receiver.
The combination of the media fight taking place between the two, Chad’s declining performance, Ocho’s shaky contract situation, and the fact that Chad’s beloved mentor Hue Jackson is now the head coach in Oakland all leads to reports by Profootballtalk.com that Chad is interested in heading to the bay area. Chad also would have low expectations on a team with bad receivers and could immediately fill the “go to guy ” role he seeks. Also playing out his days in warm L.A. and being close to his outside interests would most likely not just intrigue Chad, but might also help set himself up well for his life after football.
Chad has recently flirted with the Patriots as well and it is becoming painfully obvious that the Bengals will most likely take the field in 2011 without their franchise leading receiver. The most interesting factor of all is what the Bengals would be able to get for the aging receiver if anything at all. If the Bengals cannot trade Chad I believe they will cut him to make Marvin happy, and to allow more cap room to resign the teams “staples” in Benson and Joseph who are both set to become free agents in the spring.
Regardless, Chad leaving would be a sad moment for Bengal fans who just a few years ago thought the trio of Lewis, Ocho, and Palmer would lead them to the promised land.