Like many divorces, the situation between Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and Chad Ochocinco seems to be getting messy. Perhaps the only thing that’s left is to make it official.
The speculation has been building for weeks that it’s the end of the line in Cincinnati for Ochocinco, who is under contract for $6 million (all in base salary) next season. When Lewis was officially brought back with a two-year extension, Ochocinco said he wasn’t sure he could ever play for Lewis again.
Meanwhile, Ochocinco has been openly flirting via Twitter with the idea of playing for the Patriots … and the Raiders. He suggested a coded Tweet to Ian R. Rapoport of The Boston Herald it would be “epic” to play for Bill Belichick. Jerry McDonald recounts several Tweets in which Ochocinco praises Raiders coach Hue Jackson, who he calls “the greatest coach I ever had.”
Well, if Ochocinco felt that he was thrown under the bus when he was called “mopey,” then Lewis verbally backed up the same bus over him again on Thursday with a second shot.
“Nobody was talking about him. He didn’t stand that,” Lewis said regarding the tweet about the Patriots, per Bengals.com. “You want them to talk about you, win football games.”
We’re patiently awaiting a response on that from @ochocinco.
It stands to reason an exit out of Cincinnati won’t be a quick exit. If the Bengals want to explore a trade for Ochocinco, that can’t happen until an agreement over a new agreement on the CBA is reached. So stay tuned for more of the above.