Monday, May 16, 2011
Schefter on landing spots for Ochocinco
By James Walker
Chad Ochocinco believes his "time is up" with the Cincinnati Bengals, and we agree with the 33-year-old receiver. But the question is where will the former six-time Pro Bowler land this upcoming season?
ESPN's Adam Schefter provided some potential destinations for Ochocinco, who has $6 million left on his contract in 2011. Schefter mentions the New England Patriots, Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins as candidates. All three teams could use some star power at wide receiver next season. Washington, in particular, was very interested in trading for Ochocinco a few seasons ago.
Chances are the Bengals will have a hard time this year trading Ochocinco, who has a high salary and is coming off one of his worst seasons. He caught just 67 passes for 831 yards and four touchdowns. But the Bengals appear willing to release Ochocinco, especially after investing the No. 4 overall draft pick on former Georgia receiver A.J. Green.
Cincinnati started a youth movement at receiver late last season with Jerome Simpson, Andre Caldwell and Jordan Shipley and continued that in the draft. Ochocinco, once a star for the Bengals, now looks like the odd man out with this young group.
Also, in case you can't get enough of Ocho, SportsNation is going heavy on the Bengals receiver to get your take on this past weekend's attempt to ride a bull, which lasted just 1.5 seconds. You can vote on everything from his bull riding to facing Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.