Friday, June 8, 2012
Should Chad Ochocinco call it quits?
By Jamison Hensley
ESPNBoston.com is running a poll on where former Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco will land after getting cut by the New England Patriots on Thursday. I don't see a reunion with the Bengals in his future, and it appears others agree with that assessment (the Bengals rank last in the poll at 5 percent while the Miami Dolphins are first at 33 percent).
There's one choice that seems to be missing from this poll -- retirement. I'm not the one calling for it, although you have to wonder about Ochocinco after he managed a career-low 15 catches with New England last season. This suggestion comes from longtime Bengals teammate T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
"If I went with Tom Brady and didn't produce, I'd hang it up," Houshmandzadeh told the Bengals' official website in March. "Are you kidding me? Tom Brady? If you go with a Peyton Manning or a Drew Brees, or an Eli Manning, or Aaron Rodgers, and you don't produce?"
Some say Ochocinco struggled in New England because he had a tough time learning the playbook. But last year wasn't his only down season. From 2002-07, Ochocinco averaged 88.5 catches for 1,339 yards and eight touchdowns. Over the last three seasons (two of which were in Cincinnati), he averaged 64 catches for 806 yards and 5.7 touchdowns.