Fox Sports says that despite a report saying the Falcons would have a long look at Chad Ochocinco, the team isn’t the least bit interested in the Bullriders antics being a part of the Falcons in 2011.
Despite a report from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Falcons might have “the inside track” for signing Chad Ochocinco if he is released by Cincinnati when the lockout ends, any deal is expected to be derailed. It’s a convenient connect-the-dots scenario between Ochocinco and new Atlanta quarterbacks coach Bob Bratkowski, who was the Bengals offensive coordinator for the wide receiver’s entire 10-year Bengals tenure, but the truth is that Bratkowski and Ochocinco weren’t particularly close — even though “Ocho” is pushing the notion of a reunion — and the 33-year-old wide receiver isn’t a very good fit.
“Ain’t happenin’,” one team source succinctly told The Sports Xchange. The Falcons’ starters are likely to be Roddy White, the NFL’s leading pass-catcher in 2010, and rookie Julio Jones, the first-round pick for whom Atlanta surrendered five draft choices to move up in the first round last month. Even if the Falcons release or trade former first-rounder and starter Michael Jenkins, who could now be rendered extraneous and overpriced with the addition of Jones, the team still has third-year veteran Harry Douglas to play the slot. In the best-case scenario, Ochocinco would be the Falcons’ No. 4 receiver, and he (and his mouth) isn’t apt to accept that role.