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, 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)

    Oh so sad, Ochostinko. You know you should call it quits when no other team in the league other than Miami is willing to take a chance on someone who is suffering from stonehands at the end of his career.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. paul

    pitiful. yet another over the hill washed up jock looking to relive his glory days.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ricky

    Liberty City boy comes home. Good Luck.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Matt

    All they have to do is dumb down the play book and he will be OK. Not a bad call, but what did/is he getting paid?

    June 12, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. Takeanotherlook

    Hope you tone it down a Notch !.. Get married in some off the circuit place and only invite your 10 closest family. Not the rat pack! If you come and try to help your fellow teammates maybe they will in turn help you to fit in. Hang out with the Married people in the organization. Not the single folks. You might want to change your name back to Chad Jones too....

    June 12, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Scott

    Thank heavens the Pats finally dumped him. Biggest waste of money ever.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Play ball

    Chad is going to have a break out year if the Dolphins can get him the ball.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |

      You mean Ochostinko is actually going to catch a ball that is thrown to him?!
      His hands are worse than Braylon Edwards!

      June 12, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Guest

    I give him one year. He'll implode like the malcontent that he is, and hopefully we won't have to hear about him anymore after that.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Peter Goesinya

    I hope his jersey is number is 86. What a d-bag.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. Peter Goesinya

    Sorry, one too many is.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. V.P.

    Congrats to Ochoa, I like him. He's different and I like folks who aren't cookie cutter!

    June 12, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jillian_Mancini


    June 12, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jillian_Mancini

    this article certainly brought on the haters..

    June 12, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. GINGER51

    Being a lifetime Dolphin fan, we've seen them come and go. I still don't understand why they bring on the boat rockers like they do. hmmmm However I will still cheer them on!!! GO DOLPHINS

    June 12, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. Pete

    I like him to show all these doubters he still has it.Good luck,Miami needs some old blood to teach these new upstarts,it always helps having someone that's been there before to get things going.....Look how Reggie Bush has done,a lot better then a Saint!!

    June 12, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4