Posted by Andy Benoit
It’s been an embarrassingly awful season in Cincinnati. Here’s the outlook for 2011: Terrell Owens won’t be back (for usual reasons). Carson Palmer probably shouldn’t be back but will be (for usual reasons….i.e. money). Marvin Lewis is an enormous question mark (his contract expires after this season). We’ve spent the better part of the past two months discussing the future of these three.
But one Bengal future we haven’t discussed much is Chad Ochocinco’s. Not to worry…he got that ball rolling this week. On the T.Ocho Show this week, Ochocinco said “I’d love to see Terrell come back next year. As far as myself, I don’t even know if I’ll be back next year. … Changes will be made and they’ll be significant.”
Ochocinco has a $6 million option in 2011 that many Bengals observers believe is unlikely to be picked up. Football-wise, the 32-year-old is still worth $6 million; Ochocinco’s numbers may be down (67 catches, 831 yards, four touchdowns), but he has drawn frequent double coverage throughout the season. The problem is, this is a 32-year-old who far too often behaves like a five-year-old. Team chemistry has been a leading cause of the failure in Cincy, and insiders will tell you that, lovable as he is, no player is as disruptive to that chemistry as Ochocinco.
We got a hint of this Wednesday when the receiver and Marvin Lewis traded barbs about 85's alleged mopeyness.
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