Raiders should say no to Ochocinco

June, 7, 2012
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Chad Ochocinco is being released by the New England Patriots, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

I can feel the questions flooding my mailbag now. Let’s sandbag this baby.

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No, I don’t see Ochocinco as a fit with any of the AFC West teams, particularly the team that would reunite him with his former quarterback. Ochocinco is cooked. He is 34 and his production has slipped dramatically.

I know what some people are going to say: Ochocinco has a history with Carson Palmer and the Raiders don’t have a veteran receiver. Plus, the Raiders reportedly were interested in trading for Ochocinco last summer before the Bengals dealt him to the Patriots.

But Palmer and Ochocinco had their tense moments as well. As with another former Palmer teammate, Terrell Owens, I don’t think it be worth the Raiders’ time to pursue Ochocinco. Plus, one of the reasons the Raiders liked Ochocinco last year was his relationship with then-head coach Hue Jackson, who is close with Ochocinco. Jackson is now an assistant with the Bengals.

I just can’t see the appeal for the Raiders when it comes to Ochocinco. Why take a declining vet (with a history of being a distraction) and take away repetitions from young players?

I think the no-go on Ochocinco has to apply in Denver, Kansas City and San Diego too. All three of those teams are fine at receiver and if they want to add someone, there are better options with less baggage.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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