Smack dab in the middle of a lockout and the offseason, we don’t have a lot to talk about. So every little morsel of free agency and trade talk picks up more steam that you might expect.
Which is why Adam Schefter’s ESPN Insider mailbag has become a must-read for NFL fans as of late. In today’s edition, Schefter is asked about the possibility of a disgruntled Chad Ochocinco landing in New England:
He is due $6 million next season and there aren’t many people that expect Cincinnati to keep him at that price. Assuming the Bengals release him, it would make sense for New England to be one of the teams that explores the possibility of signing Ochocinco. For starters, Ochocinco and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick always have respected each other. For another, New England fared well with another former Cincinnati castoff, running back Corey Dillon. The Patriots could use another weapon like Ochocinco, and they have a history of doing deals with Ochocinco’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus. So all the factors are there, and all the signs point to New England potentially exploring the possibility. But in the end, these things usually come down to money. The Patriots are always careful about how they spend money. If a team such as the Washington Redskins or Chicago Bears is willing to pay Ochocinco more, chances are that’s where he will end up.
Setting aside the remote possibility that Ochocinco has purchased the house Carson Palmer recently sold and plans to repair his relationship with the team and return to Cincinnati, I still don’t see Ocho going to Foxborough, mainly because of what happened with Randy Moss last year.
It seems as though the Pats have come to the realization that Tom Brady and their offensive system can make pretty much anyone into a great receiver (see: Wes Welker, Jabar Gaffney, Donte Stallworth, Reche Caldwell, Deion Branch, David Givens). Why risk screwing with the locker room by adding an overpriced gasbag like Chad Ochocinco?