It's hard to find someone these days who doesn't think the Cincinnati Bengals will part ways with WR Chad Ochocinco. They appear to be going in a different direction and most league observers feel they'll release him if/when free agency hits.
If that's the case, a number of teams will likely be interested and among those could be the Atlanta Falcons, though Falcons fans have their objections. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution predicts that the Falcons could have the "inside track" to signing Ochocinco if he becomes available due in part to the presence of Falcons quarterbacks coach Bob Bratkowski, who previously worked with Ochocinco 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."
Signing Ochocinco would be a big discussion for a team because of all the attention he would bring. This isn't like signing an undrafted free agent -- the organization has to be on board.
If Bratkowski was able to convince the Bengals to sign Ochocinco a decade ago, it makes you wonder if he can convince the Falcons to sign him if he becomes a free agent this offseason.
Check out Cincy Jungle for more on Ochocinco and where he might land next.