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. bloop

    well yea, the clown show has gotten him a real life gold digger. He had'nt seen anything yet. Look at the behaviour of the women he is about to engage.. She is immature, selfish, arrogant, with the dirtiest mouth and heart. Its obvious that her head is empty, she uses other things to secure her
    future. Chad would rather anything but a women of his own heritage, he dare not create another dark dummy....

    June 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flatsguide


      June 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • bme

      what in the world are you talking about? Someone shouldve called you blooper...

      June 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. juniorbarnes

    I say he's cut/retired by pre-season week 3.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flatsguide

      One can only hope you are right.

      June 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bob Aboohi

    it's amazing that Miami found occho's calendar open so they could sign him. He wasn't open for a minute the whole time he was with the Patriots.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Flatsguide

    Just what Miami really needs, Ochostinko on the trainwreck team.

    June 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ryan

    I put this weenie in the same catagory as T.O. Stastically T.O. is one of the best recievers to play the game and yet no one wants to sign him. Anyone who causes that much issue on the team, whines, and acts like a baby gets no love over here. Go play tennis or golf so you can only blame yourself. Punk!

    June 12, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. J0nx


    June 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jim

    LOL His wife isn't the bread winner anymore. It is funny how words can come back and bite you.

    June 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JMB

    Has anyone told this clown ocho cinco is eight five, not eighty-five.. that is ochenta y cinco.. This guy has been a total tool bag for so long..

    Chad– play the game and keep your stupid mouth shut.. maybe you'll earn a little bit of the respect you lost from so many if you grow up a bit and stop acting like a punk from the streets..

    June 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. snowdogg

    He didn't get much action in New England but I think he still could contribute to a team which needs his skills – the Dolphins will give him a shot at it.

    June 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tyler Brown

    Get rid of Brandon Marshall and sign Ocho Cinco. That can't possibly go wrong. They should go ahead and invest in Owens since hes such as catch as well.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. The Loon

    ehh...they did this for Hard Knocks...he won't be on the team week 1

    June 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Guest

    If they signed him to "beef up their offensse" they can forget it. Take it from a Pats season ticket holder: He's great at texting but he can't hold onto a football to save his life. We're glad he's gone.

    June 12, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Marc

    ok.....ochocinco.....hmmm....replacing the 4 touchdown probowler MVP brandon marshall.....yeah, go and get T O.....and make it complete and why not get buress.....geeeeeeeee......lets go and get back chad penington......i'm a full blooded dolphins fan but my patience is running out fast..............SEND HELP !!!!!

    June 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. David

    This is a joke... HBO wins big time.....

    June 12, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. David

    Good TV, not good football.

    June 12, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
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