As the mass exodus out of Cincinnati appears poised and ready as soon as the league settles their current labor dispute, rumors continue to swirl about where the master of self-promotion, WR Chad Ochocinco might wind up. This week, it’s the Oakland Raiders or the Atlanta Falcons.
Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network speculates that the Oakland Raiders will be the team which finally lands the master of Twitter. I tend to agree with LaCanfora. I wrote this back on April 1st, stating that the Oakland Raiders are an improving franchise in need of a veteran receiver. I think either of the Bengals starting receivers last season could be a good fit with the Raiders, Ochocinco or Terrell Owens.
Now, regarding the reports of Ochocinco heading south of the Mason-Dixon line and playing for the Atlanta Falcons next season, I don’t believe it for a moment. AJC.com speculates that the Falcons quarterback coach, Bob Bratkowski could lure the veteran receiver to Atlanta, but after this year’s draft moves made by the Falcons to secure WR Julio Jones, I simply cannot fathom that happening.
Given the price that the Falcons paid in order to move up in last month’s draft, Julio Jones will be starting opposite Roddy White in Week One. If the Falcons were to sign Chad Ochocinco, he would then become the number three receiver on the Atlanta team and that would not sit well with the two-legged infomercial who craves attention. There are several teams which are still in need of a veteran receiver, and the Atlanta Falcons aren’t really in that position after the draft, having invested what they did in Julio Jones.