Dolphins sign Ochocinco to one-year deal
Chad Ochocinco is an “unemployed man” no more.
The controversial wide receiver, who had the above quote in his Twitter bio after being released by the Patriots last week, agreed to a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins on Monday. Terms were not disclosed, but the deal is likely worth the NFL 10-year veteran minimum of $925,000.
The 34-year-old Ochocinco has had an impressive career, but is coming off a subpar season with the Patriots saw him catch only 15 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown.
New England tried unsuccessfully to trade him this offseason, and finally cut him loose last Thursday.
Overall, the six-time Pro Bowler has caught 766 passes for 11,059 yards and 67 TD in 166 career games, and had a string of six seasons with the Bengals where he had at least 1,100 receiving yards each year.
Although he may no longer be that elite wideout, he will still be a boost to a depleted receiving corps in Miami. The Dolphins, who won just six games last season, traded Brandon Marshall to Chicago in the offseason, leaving a returning group of wide receivers that has less than a dozen career touchdowns.
Should Ochocinco remain a Dolphin all season, he will have three chances to face former teammates; Miami plays Cincinnati in Week 5, and their two annual games with the Patriots are set for Weeks 13 and 17.
He also has a chance to bring his entertaining aura back to reality television, as HBO has tapped the Dolphins to be the subject of the coming season of “Hard Knocks” that is set to premiere on August 7. Ochocinco previously appeared on the series when the Bengals were profiled in 2009, and was also a contestant on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” in 2010.
The Dolphins waived center Terrence Brown in order to accommodate the addition of Ochocinco.
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