It’s been suspected for some time that Chad Ochocinco’s days with the Cincinnati Bengals were done. Decreased production and an increasingly contentious back-and-forth with head coach Marvin Lewis have helped make Ochocinco expendable and it’s believed that once the lockout is lifted, he could be released by the Bengals.
If so, his landing spot could be in Atlanta. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons may be the leading candidate for Ochocinco’s services, thanks to the hiring of Bob Bratkowski as the team’s new quarterbacks coach. Bratkwoski was previously the Bengals’ offensive coordinator and Ochocinco credits him as the reason he landed in Cincinnati.
“Coach Bratkowski is the reason why I’m with the Bengals,” Ochocinco said after riding a bull at the Gwinnett Arena on Saturday. “He was my coach at the Senior Bowl when I was coming out. He went to bat for me. They weren’t going to take me. But from what he saw at the Senior Bowl before the draft is the reason why he stood on the table for me and that’s why they drafted me.”
If Ochocinco does in fact end up in Atlanta, it would add one more piece to an already stacked offense. He would give quarterback Matt Ryan one more target to go along with Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez and the recently drafted Julio Jones.
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by Marcas Grant
Marcas Grant graduated from the University of Southern California in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism. For the past decade, Marcas's love of sports and media has taken him up and down the Golden State. He has worked from Los Angeles to Stockton and nearly everywhere in between - doing everything from freelance reporting to play-by-play announcing.