Chad Ochocinco is on his way to the New England Patriots for two undisclosed draft picks. This of course is a deal the Patriots have no problem swinging since they have approximately all of the draft picks in the next two drafts. The Patriots hope Ochocinco can give them someone that can help stretch out opposing defenses. Good for them, but I could care less.
What I do care about is that the Raiders had contacted the Bengals about Chad. The Boston Herald reported that the Raiders, 49ers and Patriots had all requested permission to speak with the Bengals about their reality TV star whose name is broken Spanish.
Ochocinco to the Raiders had been a rumor ever since Hue Jackson was named head coach, and Chad tweeted something to the effect that Hue Jackson was the greatest coach he had ever worked with. I was skeptical with that rumor, or any rumor connecting the Raiders to wide receiver. My thinking was that the Raiders would give their young receivers one more year to develop.
It appears now that that idea is far from set in stone. While the Raiders may not end up adding another receiver, at least we all know they are open to the idea of improving this underwhelming group.
In the end, it is not surprising that the Raiders lost out on this trade to the Patriots. The Raiders have far less to work with in the ol' draft pick department than the Pats. The Patriots probably gave the Bengals some of the draft picks the Raiders had given to them.
I am also glad the Raiders did not overpay for the ocho. I think his days as a true difference maker are behind him.
That said, he'd probably still be the Raiders No. 1.
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