Chad Ochocinco signed by Miami Dolphins
After being released by the New England Patriots, the Miami Dolphins have signed Chad Ochocinco.
June 12th, 2012
07:51 AM ET

Chad Ochocinco signed by Miami Dolphins

Chad Ochocinco grew up as a child loving to watch the Miami Dolphins play. He went to Miami Beach High School but never got the chance to make the jump to play at the University of Miami - the big time for local stars - instead heading west to play in college at Oregon State.

He was taken in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals and spent nine years by the Ohio River before moving to the New England Patriots for the 2011 season. The Pats released him after one disappointing year, in which he caught only 15 passes for 276 all season.

But there's good news for the former Pro Bowl receiver (and Dancing with the Stars contestant) to celebrate. He's coming home.

Ochocinco will get to play in front of his hometown crowd, as a part of the Dolphins after the team announced on their website that they signed him to beef up their offense.

Ochocinco will likely get some good preseason airtime too. That's because the Dolphins will be the latest team to have their training camp and preseason filmed as a part of HBO's “Hard Knocks. ” The team might have been interesting enough to watch considering it will chronicle the coach Joe Philbin’s first season. But with Ochocinco aboard, who famously changed his last name to match his jersey number, the show may have just gotten a little bit more interesting.

His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was one of the first to call out the welcome wagon on Twitter:

Chris Burke, writing for SI.com, said the move makes sense from a football standpoint. But like many others are sure to do, Burke questioned whether the flamboyant player will make a good fit in Miami.

"Why Ochocinco, of all guys? The Dolphins, after all, just traded away the enigmatic Brandon Marshall, in part because he didn’t fit in well in the locker room. Miami has also shown no outward interest in guys like Plaxico Burress or Santonio Holmes — players who, like Ochocinco, can make a few plays here and there but also raise a team’s trouble quotient," Burke wrote. "Maybe Miami believes Ochocinco brings more to the table than those guys, or that he’ll be extra motivated playing in Miami, where he grew up. Maybe the Dolphins think last season’s embarrassing run in New England will give Ochocinco the spark he needs to pick up the pieces and put together one last 1,000-yard season."

soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Kre8tive

    Congratulations! I hope it all goes well for you and the team. Everyone deserves a chance to work.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Like a BOSS

    Yup, this is just a ratings booster for Hard Knocks and nothing more.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
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