Skipping program may cost Ocho Cinco

Updated: April 6, 2009, 9:06 AM ET
By James Walker | ESPN.com

At the current rate, receiver Chad Ocho Cinco will lose a lot of dinero from the Cincinnati Bengals.

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According to Ocho Cinco's contract, the five-time Pro Bowler will squander a workout bonus of $250,000 for not participating in this year's offseason program. Most players are required to take part in at least 80 to 90 percent of the voluntary program to earn workout bonuses. Ocho Cinco was absent through the first week of the Bengals' program, which began on March 30.

This is the second consecutive year Ocho Cinco has been a no-show for the Bengals. Last year he made numerous trade demands before showing up for mandatory sessions. The Bengals are unsure about Ocho Cinco's current motives, but his willingness to risk losing a quarter-million dollars could be another sign of unhappiness.

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Carson Palmer says his elbow is stronger than ever and he's not worried about Chad Ochocinco.

"I'm not worried about him," Bengals starting quarterback Carson Palmer said last week. "I'm worried about the guys we have here."

Ocho Cinco, 31, is coming off one of his worst pro seasons, in which he had only 53 catches for 540 yards and four touchdowns. He also was deactivated for a November game against the Pittsburgh Steelers for violating a team rule.

The Bengals finished 4-11-1 last season.

James Walker covers the AFC North for ESPN.com.

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