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Ravens not expected to be interested in Ochocinco

Chad Ochocinco was cut by the New England Patriots on Thursday. Since there is always a small sector of the fan base who clamors for over-the-hill, me-first wide receivers (see Terrell Owens and Randy Moss), let’s go ahead and shoot down any speculation: The Ravens aren’t going to make a play for the Twitter-happy wideout.

The Ravens have been looking to get younger at wide receiver and are set with their top three wide receivers in Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones, so Ochocinco isn’t a fit. They already have 12 wide receivers on the roster, though most are inexperienced, and they don’t need to add a potential distraction in Ochocinco.

I suppose that things could change later with an injury or three, but for now, the Ravens won’t show interest.

As someone who covers the team, that bums me out a little bit, but I have also heard from a fellow reporter that his side-show act in the locker room wears out pretty quickly. Still, how can you not appreciate a player who calls NFL commissioner Roger Goodell "Dad" and bought dinner for 200 of his Twitter followers?

But let’s be honest, Ochocinco’s play has plummeted. He had less than 1,000 receiving yards and five touchdowns in three of his past four seasons, the exception being in 2009 when the Cincinnati Bengals surprisingly won the AFC North. And after he landed with the Patriots via trade last season, Ochocinco had just 15 catches for 276 yards and a touchdown. Plus reports out of Boston say he didn't have the playbook down this spring.

The 34-year-old will likely get an opportunity somewhere, but it isn't going to be in Baltimore. At least that’s the vibe we get now.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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