How Chad Ochocinco Could Fit With The Cleveland Browns

By Brian Murtaugh

The NFL off season has been full of speculation and uncertainty. Teams from all around the league are finalizing roster decisions and trying to make the moves that will help their organizations reach the Super Bowl in 2012. For the Cleveland Browns, the 2011 off season has been slightly more controversial. The Browns fired Eric Mangini after the 2010-11 season despite the oncoming lockout and have not had any contact with the players since the second day of the NFL Draft.

The Cincinnati Bengals have been in a similar situation as the Browns in the past few months as Carson Palmer and Chad Ochocinco seem to be on their way out of town. Ochocinco seems to be the more intriguing of the two as Browns fans know their team is looking for help at the wide receiver position. So would Chad fit with the Browns organization?

Ochocinco has played in Cleveland’s division since he was drafted into the league and knows the divisional competition very well. The Browns are also well aware of his talents as they have seen him twice a year.

Ochocinco may be a considered a distraction to some fans around the league, but his play in recent years has shown a stronger commitment to the game. Ocho also requires at least a double team on defense which can open up the doors for the younger receivers in the Browns’ offense. Players like Greg Little and Mohammed Massaqoui could only benefit from having a key receiver on the active roster. Especially one that has had a record of making other receivers better.

In 2010, Ochocino posted low numbers compared to other seasons, but helped teammate, Terrell Owens, achieve his best numbers since his days with the Philadelphia Eagles. Ochocino was also a large piece in the development of Jordan Shipley before his injury in week 4.



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