By Matt Noonan
One of the beauties of living in Boston is that all four major professional sports teams are constantly being examined under a microscope.
Reporters, media members and fans always question various decisions or moves that team owners and presidents execute on a day-to-day basis. And with that being said, I’ve decided to join this so-called “party” by providing a few thoughts on some recent New England Patriots news pertaining toward Mr. Chad Ochocinco.
Here is my two-cents on his current contract:
When reports surfaced on Wednesday about the Patriots considering restructuring Ochocinco’s contract, the first thing I thought was that the highly touted wide out was going to be shown the door.
However, I was wrong.
What the Patriots are doing is practically redoing a deal that is providing Ochocinco with too much money. He’s expected to receive a base salary of $3 million in 2012 and an additional $3 million in 2013, but since he finished the past season with just 15 catches and one touchdown, I think it’s best that the organization lowers his future income, especially since he hasn’t exceeded expectations.
A player who earns that much money in the NFL should have finished a campaign with more catches and touchdowns, but numerous mistakes hampered Ochocinco, who clearly didn’t understand Bill Belichick’s system.
So, what should New England do?
Well, I’d say, lower his monthly income, and make sure he begins preparing for the upcoming season immediately.
He certainly can make an impact on a team that definitely needs a “deep threat.” The Patriots offense is lethal with tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, as well as the best quarterback in the game, Tom Brady. However, if Ochocinco learns the playbook, he’ll be able to assist his offensive counterparts by stretching the field, and opening up various pass and run plays, too.
I’m a firm believer in Ochocinco, and confident that an actual non-lockout offseason will help this two-time First-Team All-Pro makeup for his 2011 blunders.