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Should the 49ers take a look at Chad Ochocinco?

After first glancing at this headline, the temptation is to laugh before saying, “Hell no,” in a dismissive tone. You could even add an “ah” in there, as in, “Ah hellllll no.” Chad Ochocinco was pretty much useless to the New England Patriots, and Tom Brady is the dreamiest, hair-weavingest quarterback around. How could the artist formerly known as Chad Johnson possibly help the San Francisco 49ers?

Except … there are a few things about this situation that that might give one pause before laughing this idea into the recycling bin of internet speculation.

Randy Moss met the same fate in New England.

Sure, Moss was incredibly productive with Brady throwing him the ball for a while — setting records, even. But even after getting booted out of Foxboro, putting up middling numbers with Tennessee and Minnesota, and sitting out a year, the 49ers were willing to give Moss a shot to resurrect his Hall of Fame career.

That’s the thing: Ochocinco isn’t making the Hall of Fame. But he’s had an excellent career, he’s almost a year younger than Moss and hasn’t taken a sabbatical.

Succeeding in New England’s offense is a tricky thing.

There’s a reason why Ochocinco went from 67 receptions and 831 yards in his last year as a Bengal to fizzling out and getting crushed by Tedy Bruschi for being seemingly in awe of Brady and the Patriots’ pseudo-dynasty. There’s a reason why Deion Branch can only succeed in New England.

Ochocinco seemed like a shell of his former self both in terms of production and personality, and never climbed out of the ditch he fell into early on. But Ochocinco didn’t fail because he was a “diva,” it was because he had difficulty learning the playbook and/or gaining Brady’s trust. Just because someone fails with the Patriots doesn’t mean they’re done.

He wasn’t totally worthless last year. 

Ochocinco’s accomplishments were modest during a 2011 season in which he only amassed 15 receptions for 276 yards and a touchdown, but he made three catches of 30+ yards and caught a 21-yard pass in the Super Bowl.

Ochocinco and Crabtree appear to be friends.

Photo @ochocinco posted on Twitter

Oh, who am I kidding…

  • The 49ers drafted a wide receiver in the first round.
  • They signed free agent WR Mario Manningham.
  • Moss is another celebrity wide receiver that the 49ers are taking a chance on, but Moss wants no part of talking to the media. Ochocinco, like Terrell Owens, has a slightly harder time keeping quiet.
  • According to Eric Branch, Kyle Williams “sure looks like the smoothest and most explosive wide receiver on the roster during these non-padded practices,” and Williams (who indeed looks bigger this year) is no sure bet to make the team.
  • Ochocinco is a pretty terrible blocker.

In short, the people saying, “Ah hellllll no” were probably right, after all. Even though the 49ers have surprised us with their interest in guys like Moss and Peyton Manning, Ochocinco’s talent was never on the level of guys like Moss or Manning, his skills have diminished greatly, and he has a difficult time learning offenses.

The 49ers aren’t even being mentioned as an Ochocinco possibility by the top NFL reporters, and neither are the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders probably make more sense as a potential destination, being that they signed T.J. Houshmandzadeh last year to help Carson Palmer feel more comfortable and Ochocinco was even more productive with Palmer in their days with the Bengals. Maybe he’ll get a shot from a team like the Bills or Dolphins, but there’s just as good a chance that my prediction from December will come true: Ochocinco’s NFL career could come to an end sooner rather than later.

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Stan
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Gang signs…what a joke. What rough area is their home in? Their butlers do the fighting for them.
Gang signs and loud clothing..some people really want attention.
Ocho is nada.

Stan
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Crabtree after signing his gang signs?..turns out his “gang” are the fashion boys he hires to design clothing. Crabs has a simply darling taste in clothes…

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Your “Oh, who am I kidding…” list covers the bases spot-on, BASG — nothing more to see here.

South Bay Listener
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NO NO NO on Ocho. Nothing but trouble. In the same washed up loud mouthed class as TP, I mean TO.

Otis Byrd III
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Eh, I don’t know. Yeah, Ocho Cinco still has some game left, but would he be able to co-exist with Crabtree, Manningham, Moss, AJ Jenkins, and even VD and Delanie Walker, who will also be getting some touches? Plus, would he be a distraction in the locker room? Would he be fond of Alex Smith, if Alex Smith doesn’t throw him the ball? I don’t know about this one, even though I guess it wouldn’t hurt the 49ers to at the very least, inquire about Ocho Cinco. That would be interesting if decides to go back to the Bengals. The… Read more »
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Most overrated wr ever is chad! Dude has 50 career Td’s in 10 plus years! Give me a beak during an era of pass happy teams he was a solid receiver back when and is a great promoter but at this stage I would prefer T.O. Over chad all day. Look at his career numbers and they are not that impressive when stacked against the Moss Owens Harrison Welker Fitzgerald etc of the world. I never have been impressed by his toughness route running or hands as he is simply a name at this stage. Look if NE clips you… Read more »
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The Raiders should give a hard look at Oh No..I mean Ocho. The Niners just don’t have the room for him. The receivers are set unless someone gets hurt.
Another example of a player in the wrong system is Moss at the Raiders and then blew it up while with the Patriots.

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No.

The Raiders can sign his overrated ass. They like crappy players.

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It should also be noted that the 49ers are more of a tight-end dominant offense. Notice how Vernon Davis and Delonte Walker were used last year.

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