On Thursday the Cincinnati Bengals traded their all-time leading receiver Chad Ochocinco to the Patriots for New England's fifth round pick in 2012 and sixth round pick in 2013. A general feeling of joy most likely emerged from Bengals fans; not for his ridiculous self-absorbed attention. Mostly because Bengals fans have come to the realization that this offense is entering a new era with new moving parts and Ochocinco was the final piece that needed to be evicted from the premises. Yet in some ways it was a surprising trade because after the chest pumping Mike Brown had done regarding Carson Palmer, we weren't led us to believe that a trade involving Chad was in the cards. It wasn't in 2008, why would it be now?
Three years ago during the April showers of a premeditated god-awful season, ESPN reported that the Cincinnati Bengals refused a trade offer from the Washington Redskins that could have given the Bengals as much as a first round pick in 2008 and another in 2009. At worst, the 2009 draft pick was a conditional third-round pick that could be upgraded into the first round if Chad Ochocinco caught 95 passes or more -- and at the time it wasn't beyond the realm of belief that he could do it. Throughout the entire offseason that year, Chad was pleading to any team listening to trade for him. When the Bengals refused, Ochocinco continued playing the media, his agent Drew Rosenhaus released YouTube videos and when training camp started, Chad just stood around in helmet and shoulder pads while Rosenhaus chipped away on his phone and computer under the shade of a big tree -- that has finally since recovered from that traumatizing experience.
Eventually returning to the fold, finally convinced that Mike Brown's preference to his principles and not the greater good for his organization, Chad went on to have a very ordinary three-year stretch during the next three seasons, averaging 64 receptions for 2,418 yards receiving with a total 17 receiving touchdowns (nine coming during the team's AFC North championship season in 2009).
So instead of having two first round picks in 2008 and at the very least two third round picks in 2009, Cincinnati kept a disgruntled receiver with depreciating performances on the field that would eventually led to two fifth round picks in 2012 and two sixth round picks in 2013. And if you think that's all, just wait until the team finally decides to trade Carson Palmer this time next year.