As Bengaldom ponders the recent success of the team’s offense without Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco, the Ocho is reportedly making a play to return to the team in 2011.
PFT is reporting that Chad is eyeing a return to the Queen City. The team holds a club option for 2011, paying him a 6 million dollar salary. If the club chooses not to exercise the option, they’ll owe him 3.5 million.
Its an interesting conundrum for the team to be in. 2.5 million is ultimately what it will cost to keep Chad with the team for another year, which is a relatively paltry sum for such a dynamic and veteran threat. However, that 2.5 could be spent elsewhere to shore up other areas, and it appears more and more clear that the team only suffers from his antics on and off the field. With dedicated team-first players in the receiving corps proving they can get the job done, it may make sense to part ways with Chad.
The decision will rest with Mike Brown and whoever is coaching the team in the spring (as well as whether a CBA is signed). I get the feeling that no matter who the coach is, Brown will have to over-rule him if Chad is to return.