Since Chad Johnson has become known as Ochocinco his game has been on a constant decline. I really don’t know why his stats have been declining, but he is getting up there in age. At 34, the elder Johnson has declined in statistics after a very long and successful NFL Career. When he was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals back in 2001 the young wide receiver showed flashes of becoming a much respected NFL wide receiver by corner backs all across the league. The six-time pro-bowler experienced something he has never been faced with before. He was released by the New England Patriots today when he arrived in Boston for practice. Well even though he had a rough season last year, Chad Johnson still has a lot left in the tank. So my question is what team or teams will be taking a hard look at the veteran wide receiver? Well find out what 5 teams I think he would be a good fit on, below.
I came up with 5 teams where I believe that Chad Johnson would be a great fit. I chose these fits off of rosters, which I think would be the weakest at the wide receiver position come the regular season. Well no more rambling on, let’s get to the teams.
Buffalo Bills – This to me is one of the best situations Chad can fall in. The Buffalo Bills have a very solid football team, but are really lacking a #2 receiver. I am not sure if Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey would want a football player who has antics when getting in the endzone after their run in with Stevie Johnson last year, but if they do they might be able to revive the 34 year old Ochocinco. Chad Johnson played wide receiver already once in his NFL career when Ryan Fitzpatrick was his quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals. With Buffalo’s number 2 a big question mark, they could add a veteran leader across from Stevie to help beat the rivals in the AFC East.
Miami Dolphins – After losing Brandon Marshall, a good veteran wide receiver could be a huge help with the quarterback situation in Miami. As of now, Matt Moore is a locked in QB and Ryan Tannehill still could use some help at the wide out position. I truly believe the Dolphins are better than getting credit for, but with a solid #2 receiver they could be a playoff contender. I think Chad could come in right away and contributed, I don’t believe his best days are behind him. He was the number 5 WR on the Pats last year and still had 270 plus yards.
Players he would need to beat out on Miami – Brian Hartline, B.J Cunningham, Jeff Fuller, Clyde Gates, Chris Hogan, Rishard Matthews, Marlon Moore, Derek Moye, Lededu Naanee, Julius Pratt, and Roberto Wallace.
Cleveland Browns – Let’s be honest, when going into the draft they had three major needs, Wide Receiver, Quarterback, and Running back. They were able to fill 2 of those needs with their first two picks in Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden. But let’s be honest they drafted Travis Benjamin who is a good wide receiver with a later pick, but is still not a number 2 receiver. They could definitely use a receiver opposite of Josh Cribbs. They have a good young group but need a solid veteran full time receiver to help out the young QB.
Players he would need to beat out in Cleveland – Carlton Mitchell, Greg Little, Travis Benjamin, Josh Cooper, Mohamed Massaquoi, Jordan Norwood, Bert Reed, Jermaine Saffold, Owen Spencer and Rod Windsor.
Tennessee Titans – The Titans have a young quarterback as well, in Jake Locker. Tennesse already has a very good number one receiver in Kenny Britt when he stays healthy and out of trouble. That has been the hardest problem with the Britt as the number one. They have had to rely on Nate Washington to carry the load, and although Washington is a good wide out he is not a guy who I believe is a #2. They drafted Kendall Wright who will be a great slot wide out for them. Ochocinco could be a player that helps a young Jake Locker early in his career to become a good quarterback, which he has all the potential to do.
Players he would need to beat out in Tennessee – Devin Aguilar, Nate Washington, Damian Williams, Chase Deadder, LaQuinton Evans, Lavelle Hawkins, James Kirkendoll, Marc Mariani, O.J. Murdock, Michael Preston, and D.J. Woods.
St. Louis Rams – I know everyone always puts the Rams on a list, because they think that they Rams need a lot. To be honest, I wouldn’t put him on the roster unless I thought he could help. In the Rams case, it would be as a teacher and helper for their young receiving core. I like Brian Quick, and if he can get a person that can help him develop faster, he could be a very special player. I see Quick as the number 2 right now, but if they can get Ochocinco back to his older days before New England he could be a very good teacher for a young Quick.
Players he would need to beat out in St. Louis – Brian Quick