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Ochocinco flirting with Patriots

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08:02 AM ET 01.18 | Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco, who recently complained of being thrown under the bus by his head coach, apparently isn't thrilled in Cincinnati. And while coach Marvin Lewis has been clear that there is "no option" in his contract, there is a thought that he won't be back with the Bengals. So where will the electric receiver/entertainer end up? Ochocinco sent a tweet to a Boston Herald reporter that read only this: "@RapSheet PePe and Bill #EPIC." Pepe, of course, is one of Ocho's alter egos. So he's doing a little flirting. We'll see if coach Bill Belichick passes him a note after study hall.

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January 18, 2011  08:13 AM ET

Not a good fit. Unlike Moss who can stay focused on the team for a year or two at a time, Ocho doesn't seem to know it is a team sport.

January 18, 2011  08:18 AM ET

@LittleBill pizzoff

January 18, 2011  08:19 AM ET

He should be flirting with a mental hospital.

January 18, 2011  08:31 AM ET

Belichick benched Wes Welker for the opening offensive series because of a bit of dry humor about Rex Ryan's "foot issue" during a press conference. Ocho-Tweeto can't keep his mouth shut for 30 seconds.

Somehow, I don't think these two philosophies are consistent.

January 18, 2011  08:32 AM ET

Take about a round peg trying to fit into a square hole. This will never happened. If Welker was benched for an offensive series in a playoff game for tongue-in-check comments, Chad may never see the field there.

January 18, 2011  08:33 AM ET

Bengals = 4-12. But yeah, he deserves a TV show. Why don't the Bengals demand that their players focus on the team during the season?

January 18, 2011  08:34 AM ET

There seems to be a relationship of some sort between OchoCinco and Bellichick. Their pregame banter has been captured by NFL Films. They seem to like one another. I'm not sure that I've seen a more odd pair but, if it works for them... The Patriots are trying desperately to find an offensive scheme that will be effective. They are currently not great at vertically attacking opposing defenses.

January 18, 2011  08:38 AM ET

NE has lots of picks in the upcoming draft. They have been good identifying talent. I can't see Ocho worth the risk. If you want a good WR that's looking, get Larry Fitzgerald. He's in the last year of his contract, and I think the Cards would love some picks in exchange for him, so they can rebuild.

January 18, 2011  08:39 AM ET

The Patriots could use a big fast guy for those deep routes, but they would probably be better looking for someone younger and less "me-focused." Brandon Tate hasn't shown an ability to catch the ball. The offensive line also needs some improvement to give Brady time to throw.

More important, they need a pass rush. You can't count on 30+ points of offense every game. Sometimes, you just need to make a stop and keep the other guys off the board.

January 18, 2011  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He should be flirting with a mental hospital.

Truth!!! Maybe he just does need a change of scenery but one thing is for sure, he'll have to leave all his nonsense in Cincy.

January 18, 2011  08:41 AM ET

Not saying that Chad is the answer but the Pats do need a WR that can stretch the field and open up some lanes for the smurfs.

January 18, 2011  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

If you want a good WR that's looking, get Larry Fitzgerald.

Fitz is the anti-Ocho. Exactly the kind of guy every team would love to have. Arizona can't offer him a chance for a ring, and by the time they rebuild their entire team he may be past his prime. That's a trade both teams should consider.

January 18, 2011  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Fitz is the anti-Ocho. Exactly the kind of guy every team would love to have. Arizona can't offer him a chance for a ring, and by the time they rebuild their entire team he may be past his prime. That's a trade both teams should consider.

Especially since the Pats have a few picks to play with.

January 18, 2011  08:43 AM ET

Stranger things have happened, but remember, there will be as many as 200 free agents after this year out there, and some very good WRs among them. A lot of four year players got locked out of Free Agency this year when the owners opted out of the CBA.
It could look like a fire sale in a few months. And we are talking about the class of 2007 ( a very good class) and 2008.

January 18, 2011  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He should be flirting with a mental hospital.

Then he might as well stay in Cincinatti. Or, better yet, go to Oakland.

January 18, 2011  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Stranger things have happened, but remember, there will be as many as 200 free agents after this year out there, and some very good WRs among them. A lot of four year players got locked out of Free Agency this year when the owners opted out of the CBA. It could look like a fire sale in a few months. And we are talking about the class of 2007 ( a very good class) and 2008.

classes of 2006 and 2007. mea culpa.

January 18, 2011  08:45 AM ET

From my understanding, no trades can take place until there is a new CBA in place. So that could hurt some of these potential trades, unless by some miracle the new CBA is in place before the draft.

January 18, 2011  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

From my understanding, no trades can take place until there is a new CBA in place. So that could hurt some of these potential trades, unless by some miracle the new CBA is in place before the draft.

At this point it appears that miracle ain't gonna happen.

January 18, 2011  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

From my understanding, no trades can take place until there is a new CBA in place. So that could hurt some of these potential trades, unless by some miracle the new CBA is in place before the draft.

It will not be trades, I think it is a matter of all those four year rookie contracts that have run out. That and teams cutting fuys loose because if they are still on the roster in March they get their signing/roster bonuses. It will get interesting from here on out.

 
January 18, 2011  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

At this point it appears that miracle ain't gonna happen.

And it shouldn't happen. I have not seen one thing the owners have put forward that the players could possibly agree to. It is about to get ugly, but they will wait until after the SB.

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