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Lewis Says 'No' to Trading Ocho Cinco

Apr 21, 2009 – 1:50 PM
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Bruce Ciskie

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The Cincinnati Bengals pick sixth in the NFL Draft this weekend. While there is a lot of talk about the Bengals drafting a lineman (either offensive or defensive), one has to look at the future of wide receiver Chad Ocho Cinco and think that it has a lot to do with the team's draft plans.

After rolling out the tears to former teammate T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Ocho Cinco may have thought he was closer to the trade out of Cincinnati that he seems to desire. Unfortunately for the receiver, his head coach doesn't see it that way.

At a press conference Tuesday morning, Bengals boss Marvin Lewis said Ocho Cinco won't be traded. In fact, Lewis actually seems somewhat emphatic about it.
"I don't know why people continue with the speculation of moving Chad," Lewis said. "Many times we've reiterated, I don't know if we're keeping count on this, Chad's not getting moved."
This might upset Ocho Cinco, but I don't see the Bengals having a lot of options.

First off, he strikes me as the kind of player who might just flourish after he gets moved. However, as long as he's whining about his status in Cincinnati and making the lives of Bengals management difficult, Ocho Cinco carries little to no value on the trade market. Why would the Bengals want to get little in return for a guy who turns around and lights it up for his new team?

Not only does he have an attitude problem, but he's going to be 31. The 53 catches he posted in 2008 marks his lowest total since his rookie year of 2001 (28). The 10.2 yards per catch Ocho Cinco averaged is a career-worst. The Bengals went 4-11-1 a year ago and struggled in all facets of the offensive game.

With Houshmandzadeh gone to Seattle, Ocho Cinco could very easily resume his role as Carson Palmer's favorite target. However, that would require he shut his mouth, quit crying to get traded, and play football.
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