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Published on February 7th, 2011 | by bmore

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Mymaddenpad NFL Rumor Mill – 2/7/2011

Revis lobbies Ochocinco to become a Jet

Chad Ochocinco has vacillated between reverting his last name to Johnson or keeping his current moniker. I’m not sure if cornerback Darrelle Revis cares what name Ochocinco goes by, but Revis would prefer it on the back of a New York Jets jersey.
“I want Chad to come here and play for us, to be a Jet,” Revis told New York Metro reporter Kristian Dyer in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. “I’ve been in his ear a lot about it this week. … I think he could do well here. I’ve been telling him to come here.”
There might not be enough microphones or footballs to go around.
The Jets already are considered a media paradise with colorful personalities such as head coach Rex Ryan, linebacker Bart Scott and Antonio Cromartie. The club provides regular access to owner Woody Johnson and general manager Mike Tannenbaum. They generate never-ending storylines.
But Ochocinco, too? That would be something.
From a football perspective, though, I’m not sure how much sense it would make unless the Jets can’t afford to keep their receiving corps intact.
Tannenbaum said on a conference call last week he wants to re-sign free agents Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith for 2011. Jerricho Cotchery and tight end Dustin Keller are under contract.
So is Ochocinco, for that matter. But he appears to be headed for a Cincinnati Bengals divorce.
He has been diplomatic lately when speaking about his future with the Bengals, but he publicly stated two weeks ago he wanted to play for the Jets or New England Patriots.
The Jets “will make it to this point every year,” Ochocinco said on “The T.Ocho Show” on Versus. “I’d do anything to play for someone like Rex Ryan or anyone who has that type of mentality.”
A week before that, Ochocinco tweeted a note to Boston Herald reporter Ian R. Rapoport that he wanted to join forces with Bill Belichick.

Cardinals pursuing Steelers assistant Butler for DC vacancy

The Arizona Cardinals are formally pursuing Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler for their vacant defensive coordinator position, league sources said Monday.Butler is the coach-in-waiting behind Dick LeBeau as Pittsburgh’s defensive coordinator, but he is intrigued by the Cardinals’ opening, and Steelers officials expect him to take it. A Steelers source said the team likely wouldn’t block the move.
Monday is the first day the Cardinals can officially approach Butler for permission to interview, and they intend to do just that. Butler is close with Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt from their time together on the Steelers’ staff, and their friendship extends beyond football.
The Steelers are hopeful that LeBeau will return for another season — and he has indicated he plans to — though retirement is a year-to-year proposition.
LeBeau’s contract is set to expire, and the Steelers would very much like to keep him.


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