Hmmm: Chad Ochocinco and the 49ers?

July, 28, 2011
The Boston Herald's revelation that the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots had permission to speak with Chad Ochocinco came as a surprise.

Reporter Ian Rapoport mentioned the 49ers and Raiders as potential suitors, noting that the Patriots had spent considerable time reworking the wide receiver's contract.

New England acquired Ochocinco in a move that made more sense for a team with a strong head coach and established leaders.

As much as the 49ers could use another wideout, how seriously would they consider holding up the flamboyant, free-spirited Ochocinco as a veteran example for Michael Crabtree to follow? It just wouldn't make sense, in my view, especially with a first-year head coach, unestablished quarterbacks and an offense that remains very young overall.

This will be a fun one to ask Jim Harbaugh about once he's available for interviews.



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