Friday, March 4, 2011
Revis continues campaign for Ochocinco
By James Walker
Once trash-talking rivals, Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco and New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis continue their offseason campaign to become future teammates.
Ochocinco said recently that he would love to play for coach Rex Ryan and the Jets, and Revis has been welcoming with open arms. The star cornerback further discussed the possibility of bringing Ochocinco to New York on ESPN's "First Take" on Friday.
"We're good friends off the field, and you're always trying to better your team and trying to get over that hump," Revis said of Ochocinco. "We lost in the last two AFC championship games, and we need to get over that hump."
Is Ochocinco the right player to get New York to the Super Bowl?
Ochocinco is 33 and coming off a down year in Cincinnati where he recorded 67 receptions for 831 yards and four touchdowns. The Jets also have two younger, playmaking receivers in Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards who are pending free agents.
Currently, the Bengals have no interest in listening to offers for franchise quarterback Carson Palmer. But for the right price, they don't seem opposed to moving Ochocinco. He has one year left on his contract, and the Bengals are rebuilding and looking to go younger at the position.
When Ochocinco suffered an ankle injury late last season, inexperienced receivers Jerome Simpson, Jordan Shipley and Andre Caldwell stepped up and led the Bengals to a 2-1 finish.