Only when the Bengals dump Chad Ohcho Cinco. For the sake of the team maybe that's part of the "imminent" moves coach Marvin Lewis alluded to this morning while talking about upgrading some areas of the team. But I doubt it. Anyway, here's the latest temperature check on Chad through former teammate T.J. Houshmandzadeh on the NFL Network.
During the interview T.J. allows the following: "Chad says he'd give anything to be in my position. I don't know if he means coming here (Seattle) or just leaving Cincinnati. I'm not sure."
Well, I'll take a wild stab at this one and say Chad means leaving Cincinnati. How badly did this team screw up not getting rid of this guy last year when Washington came calling with a nice deal? I do not want to hear these arguments about the hit they would have taken on the salary cap. Those in the "couldn't do it camp" say the Bengals would have had to cut veterans, blah, blah, blah. Fact one: other teams figure those things out by restructuring the contracts of other players. Fact two: the Bengals ended up cutting Willie Anderson and Rudi Johnson anyway. So let's say the Bengals grant Chad his wish and get him out of here, then what? You go with the young guys you drafted, sign a vet like Laveranues Coles, and move on. Then comes the most important part, and I don't know if this can happen under current ownership, but please, create a team and an atmosphere that players want to be a part of. But that's a discussion for another post.
Link to T.J.'s NFL Network interview: http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80f0d84c