The talented and turbulent Bengals career of Chad Ochocinco ended today with #85 being shipped to New England for what Adam Schefter is calling late round picks in the next two drafts. While I am a little disappointed that the Bengals couldn’t get more for him (I expect a motivated and focused Chad to have a monster year with the Patriots), the move has been long overdue.
Ochocinco’s focus and production have declined in recent years. Furthermore, his lack of discipline in regard to penalties and on occasion, route running, has not helped the team either. He’s also disappeared in some crucial moments and had a number of drops.
All in all, he’s still a top 20 wide receiver in the NFL, and I suspect this trade will revitalize his career. Cincinnati will also be better because of it. The team can move forward with an extremely talented corps of young receivers (Jerome Simpson, Jermaine Gresham, Jordan Shipley, A.J. Green, and Andre Caldwell), who should provide a lot less drama.
As our No. 1 fan wrote earlier, it’s a bittersweet moment for some. Ochocinco brought a lot of attention and fun to a team that was previously a punching bag. You take the good with the bad and you’re happy for all the good moments. But there were some bad ones too.
And now it’s time to move on.