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)
  1. Sandusky Sandwich

    I've never read about anything so excruciatingly dull in my life.

    June 12, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • JW

      Oh my goodness Sandusky. I hear you!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!

      June 12, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Shmeckell

    Can I borrow somebody's gun?

    June 12, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. yalesouth

    I do not know much about ftbl, but this guy is a complete twerp. As a fellow black man I find it outrageous what he says about black women.

    June 12, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. flashtrum

    Happy Happy Joy Joy.

    June 12, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. Skip skip

    Nice try New England patriots, but it is not Ochocino fault you guys lost the SB again. Blame Wes Welker and Tom Brady who i think is overrated and coach Belick was right those 3 SB rings are tainted

    June 12, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. Vince

    This was a big yawn. I guess Miami want to create a circus atmosphere with Ochocinco as the ring leader.

    June 12, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bleh64

    Yawn, apparently i'm so bored today i will read any article CNN posts, whether it is news worthy or not.

    June 12, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • hillbillynwv

      Same here, bored at work today.

      June 12, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jack Skellington

    Now maybe Miami can win a game.

    June 12, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. yoshi

    I like this guy – he's a showboat but in a positive way and I hope he stay positive with the team and contributes rather than complain. I think he will be a great addition and hope he plans to go out as a winner, not a whiner!

    June 12, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. Matt

    Child please.

    June 12, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Emigdio

    I'm from Miami, and even I agree that the worst team is the Dolphins.

    June 12, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. letsbereal

    child please...lets see if we can get more than 2 catches a game...oh yeah, child please!!

    June 12, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DJ

    A million dollar talent with a 5 cent head!! He would be a hall of fame player if he had just a little intelligence. For God sake, he even forgot his real name. I wish he would stop show boating and play serious football, the clown show hasn't gotten him anywhere.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gabe Kaplan

    Will Miami give him number 55? It would be kind of foolish for Ochocinco to wear number 84 or 86....

    June 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bloop

    Why do we keep entertaining and paying arrogant, irresponsible self centered clowns like Chad Johnson.. He is a media hog, he could not function with the patriots because they are champions, he is a ball hog, media hog and a non factor. Like his gold digging evelyn would certainly have dipped if he had'nt signed with somebody quick. Be real, what does she see in Chad other than money? Everybody agrees, Evelyn if he is silly enough, then go get it gir.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
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