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Ochocinco has “unfinished business”

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Less than nine months after joining the Patriots, receiver Chad Ochocinco is ready to kiss the baby.

If “kissing the baby” is a good thing.  (I can’t keep up with these new sayings.)

Fresh from a restructuring that chopped Ochocinco’s pay for 2012 from $3 million to $1 million, agent Drew Rosenhaus told Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald that Ochocinco still has work to do in New England.

Chad has unfinished business,” Rosenhaus said.  “He has unfinished business with the Patriots.  They were very generous to him last year, and he’s interested in giving the team his best.  He feels with an offseason, with a great offseason, the lockout hurt him, it’s a tough system, he’ll learn the system, he’ll get accustomed to it, and I think he’ll do a lot better.  So, he’s excited.  He’s ready to make an impact.”

Rosenhaus also said that Chad will participate in voluntary offseason workouts, something that Ochocinco didn’t do very much during his latter years with the Bengals.

It’s the right attitude.  Even with a pay cut, Ochocinco won’t be guaranteed a penny unless he makes it onto the 53-man roster for Week One.

And then he can focus on his “unfinished business.”

Or, as some may put it, “unstarted business.”

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  1. jasonculhane says: Mar 25, 2012 8:02 PM

    Make an impact? They just signed Brandon Loyd, Anthony Gonzales, Donte Stallworth and re signed Dion Branch…Was Chad planning on playing receiver this year?

  2. 8man says: Mar 25, 2012 8:06 PM

    I think he wants a ring, and feels like he had a real shot at it last year and probably thinks to himself, “I’m good enough to make that game end differently, but I didn’t make a play.”

    Unfinished business.

  3. seanmmartin says: Mar 25, 2012 8:06 PM

    Stallworth, Gonzalez, and/or Ochocinco/Johnson will not be on this team in September.

  4. rexismybff says: Mar 25, 2012 8:07 PM

    Johnson’s unfinished business: Improve on 2011 by averaging 1 catch and 20 yards per game, and score a TD at some point during the season

    And bank another million

  5. mrslay1 says: Mar 25, 2012 8:08 PM

    I’ve never had any use for this guy as he has been the perfect example of what everyone DOES NOT want their child to become. But maybe he is going to grow up a little and try to do something good for once in his life.

  6. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Mar 25, 2012 8:13 PM

    Patriots have been extremely generous to Ocho but hes going to need a monster camp to make this team.

  7. frenchy121212 says: Mar 25, 2012 8:13 PM

    “unfinished business”?? Hahaha. Dude had 15 catches last year. Go away clown.

  8. wherezwaldo says: Mar 25, 2012 8:18 PM

    I think he has a good chance. Can you really rely on Anthony Gonzales? I cant remember the last time he took the field.

  9. johnnycash19 says: Mar 25, 2012 8:22 PM

    mrslay1 says: Mar 25, 2012 8:08 PM

    I’ve never had any use for this guy as he has been the perfect example of what everyone DOES NOT want their child to become
    —————–

    I disagree 100%. Chad seems like a great guy. He plays for fun rather than money, buys his teammates gifts and he communicates with his fans more than anyone I’ve seen. Heck he gave a guy tickets to a Pats game because he never “tweeted him back”. Chad seems like a great guy, does he take it over the top once and a while? Probably. But why do you hate the guy because he has fun?

  10. jcioffi1485 says: Mar 25, 2012 8:24 PM

    Yeah he got the Pats to let him collect another cool million. Imagine you or i being able to get a million before we stop working for our corporate master.

  11. sschmiggles says: Mar 25, 2012 8:27 PM

    jasonculhane says:
    Mar 25, 2012 8:02 PM
    Make an impact? They just signed Brandon Loyd, Anthony Gonzales, Donte Stallworth and re signed Dion Branch…Was Chad planning on playing receiver this year?
    _____________________

    Yeah, how will he ever compete with that list of All Pro receivers?

  12. backindasaddle says: Mar 25, 2012 8:28 PM

    It’s clear that Chad has a very slow-absorption-rate brain.

  13. rc33 says: Mar 25, 2012 8:34 PM

    Give him a mulligan, fresh offseason should help.
    …I suppose.
    Either way, the Beats headphones for the mates before last years SB were nice.

  14. stubbyjones says: Mar 25, 2012 8:36 PM

    So by this years catch numbers, hell be going from $187000 to $62000 per catch?

  15. descendency says: Mar 25, 2012 8:37 PM

    mrslay1 says:
    Mar 25, 2012 8:08 PM
    I’ve never had any use for this guy as he has been the perfect example of what everyone DOES NOT want their child to become.

    ——————————————-

    What I don’t want my child to become is you. Chad works hard at what he does. He has personality and enjoys himself, but he’s a consummate professional.

    He gives away loads of his money to people whom need it more.

    He’s not sitting on the internet making dumb*** comments like that about someone he doesn’t know.

  16. yogikenobi says: Mar 25, 2012 8:38 PM

    If he was still Chad Johnson I would be cheering for him to succeed, he was one of my favorite players and funny as heck. Ocho Cinco is just a moody clown who can’t get open.

  17. stubbyjones says: Mar 25, 2012 8:39 PM

    He still needs to be quicker picking up the used drink cups that litter the bench area during the game…chad feels that with a great offseason, he should be able to pick up at least 5 to 7 cups at once!

    Unfinished business..

  18. rodgers419 says: Mar 25, 2012 9:02 PM

    “…he has been the perfect example of what everyone DOES NOT want their child to become…”

    I hope my child grows up to be as successful as Chad.

  19. manofmanners says: Mar 25, 2012 9:33 PM

    The return game can use some impact on it

  20. dashortstop517 says: Mar 25, 2012 9:36 PM

    Everyone says like He sucks he never caught a ball. Well he was never given the chance. They never used him. If they used him as mug as gronk u would love him

  21. jolink653 says: Mar 25, 2012 9:59 PM

    i may be the only person who thinks chad will be great next year after he finally has a full offseason to work with brady and develop that chemistry that is important to perform in this offense…i think he’s going to surprise a lot of people next year and show why BB made the trade to get him

  22. brownsclown says: Mar 25, 2012 10:17 PM

    He should wipe. His play smelled that bad!

  23. dynaco says: Mar 25, 2012 10:17 PM

    The fact he’s still on the team means he’s got some dirt on BB.

  24. kuta82 says: Mar 25, 2012 10:27 PM

    Chad is a good guy. Very nice to his fans and has a lot of friends in the NFL but when it comes to his intelligence level..gosh he is way down. I hope he understands that he can still be valueable to another team. Why settle for less? Pats are cheap

  25. canjura says: Mar 25, 2012 10:28 PM

    jasonculhane says:
    Mar 25, 2012 8:02 PM
    Make an impact? They just signed Brandon Loyd, Anthony Gonzales, Donte Stallworth and re signed Dion Branch…Was Chad planning on playing receiver this year?

    _____________________

    Amazing how the only name you spelled correctly was Donte Stallworth.

    With that said, Stallworth is obviously a camp body, and Gonzalez has to show he can stay on the field, or else he’ll be cut by week 1 as well. Lloyd and Welker will be a good #1 and #2, but imagine if Ochocinco regains HALF the player he was in Cincy and you add Hernandez and Gronk to a 5 wide set? Unstoppable.

  26. barometerrrrising says: Mar 25, 2012 10:32 PM

    I agree he should get a second chance, but he should PAY the Patriots to be on that team. Like, at least $4 Million.

  27. soobster says: Mar 25, 2012 10:36 PM

    Saw what you want about Ocho Cinco but as much as his on the field exuberance may annoy some of you, he has never been in trouble with the law; never been on television and forgotten one of his 8 kids’ names; never been accused of PEDs; never shot himself with a concealed weapon at a nightclub and never gotten in trouble for missing multiple child support payments.

    If you subscribed to the, “One of Many Black Men’s” FB, you would know that he sent out a mass FB invitation to everyone to join him at one of his favorite restaurants in Harlem to help celebrate the owner’s bday.

    “Dinner in NY tonight –> 1st 200 people at Sylvia’s Restaurant by 7 pm in Harlem. Leave ya money/credit cards at home. I got you this time.” — Ocho Cinco FB Status a couple weeks ago.

    I originally subscribed to his FB for laughs, but after a few weeks I realized that he’s quite the eclectic and amazing individuals in the NFL.

    Rock On Ocho Cinco…

  28. silvernblak says: Mar 25, 2012 10:37 PM

    who the hell is this guy? His name is obvious bigger then the plays hes EVER made….Retire and do all of us a favor .

  29. massappeal12345 says: Mar 25, 2012 10:39 PM

    While Ocho didn’t catch a lot of balls, on most of them he was wide open. Some of the blame has to go to O’brien or Brady. Maybe McDaniels will see to it that he is more involved.

    Because of the tight end sets, a receiver sat down. When they used two WR’s, why was Edelman or a rookie in there instead of Ocho? Did the cone headed guy know the offense better?

  30. meytonpanning says: Mar 25, 2012 10:48 PM

    I’m not surprised.

    Patriots offence = COMPLEX

    Lockout = Less time to learn probably the most complicated offensive playbook in football under one of the smartest coaches in the league. (This is coming from a Colts fan, so it’s an unbiased opinion)

    I knew he would get another chance, but I knew he would take a pay cut.

  31. nremi85 says: Mar 25, 2012 11:08 PM

    Come to miami

  32. tedmurph says: Mar 25, 2012 11:31 PM

    Has he ever played DB?

  33. pftcensorssuck says: Mar 25, 2012 11:37 PM

    “They were very generous to him last year,and he’s interested in giving the team his best”

    Umm ….. isn’t he contractually obligated to????

  34. dspohn55 says: Mar 25, 2012 11:52 PM

    Ochocinco also has “diminished skills”

  35. patsfiend says: Mar 25, 2012 11:58 PM

    There’s only so many balls to go around, and only so many slots on the team. I like Chad, but I’m also pretty sure that Bill is not going to keep him around solely for being a “good guy.”

  36. coreyandthejets says: Mar 25, 2012 11:59 PM

    Cut during camp, signed by the raiders

  37. sellout3871 says: Mar 26, 2012 12:02 AM

    Hi, Bengals fan here, haven’t you had unfinished business in Cincinnati since the 2005 season? You were going to fight Marvin? You were going to win a super bowl, you were going to do a lot of things…. Okay then.

  38. geo91 says: Mar 26, 2012 12:06 AM

    Hey good for him, I’d like to see him play with passion again and not have the solid career he had end so poorly

  39. jimbo75025 says: Mar 26, 2012 1:21 AM

    soobster says:
    Mar 25, 2012 10:36 PM
    Saw what you want about Ocho Cinco but as much as his on the field exuberance may annoy some of you, he has never been in trouble with the law; never been on television and forgotten one of his 8 kids’ names; never been accused of PEDs; never shot himself with a concealed weapon at a nightclub and never gotten in trouble for missing multiple child support payments.

    _______________

    I said kind of the same thing on another thread-despite his crap, I doubt many would label him a menace to society in any way. His clownish antics in the past have been kind of annoying at times, but the guy has seemingly kept his mouth running at minimum the last few years and he does take the time to communicate directly with his fans (and/or haters) more than any other NFL player that I know of. The fact that he publicly goaded Goodell a few years ago made me actually like the guy a bit in spite of myself.

    My take on it is that he knows his time at in the NFL is coming to an end and he thinks the Pats offer him the best chance at a Super Bowl ring after he played for some horrible Bengals teams for years. If the Pats can get some production from him-a million sounds huge to most of us, but face it, for an NFL WR, it is bargain basement. Good luck to him even though I am not a Pats fan.

  40. whodeydaytonchapter says: Mar 26, 2012 1:48 AM

    Anyone that says Chad is playing another year for the million dollars has not followed his career. The guy doesn’t care about the money. One year he set aside $100,000 for the celebration fines he planned to earn. Although this behavior and the trouble learning the New England playbook is not evidence of a great intelligence, the guy is a marketing savant. Of all the teams that are early contenders for a ring, Ocho knows this is the only one he has a chance to sign with. He especially knows what a ring would do for his after football career.

  41. conbro8 says: Mar 26, 2012 4:43 AM

    Unfinished Business… in family court.

  42. starfan79 says: Mar 26, 2012 7:25 AM

    Right.. The short offseason with the lockout is what kept him from learning the offense… I think they had two rookie tight ends that blew up the offense

  43. 1historian says: Mar 26, 2012 7:37 AM

    He’s a clown to be sure but he seems ok. I’d be surprised to see him on the roster this season but if he is he is.

  44. nepats1mark says: Mar 26, 2012 7:54 AM

    Brady to Chad on he first day of training camp-”so we meet again, for the first time for the last time”

  45. db105 says: Mar 26, 2012 8:09 AM

    Wonder what unfinished business this self promoting individual is referring to.

  46. okiny says: Mar 26, 2012 8:40 AM

    Maybe I’m naive, but I think this is a great deal for both parties. If the Pats can get him to be a shred of what he was a few years ago, 1 mil is a steal. Ochocinco is going to have to be a lot more than a shred of what he was to make the team, and that could help them get back to the big show. He wants a ring, they want productivity. Either way, 1 million isn’t a bad price for either at this point.

  47. homelanddefense says: Mar 26, 2012 10:09 AM

    I really dont think he is done. If you watch the limited reps he got in situations where he didnt need to actually read the defense. Like late in the first half on a drive before the half where he cut just run a route, instead of having to make a route decision at the snap like the PAts WR’s usually have to do. In those situations he could get open.

    He got behind the defense a few times as well. Once on the ball he dropped in Buffalo, and another time on his TD at Denver.

    You could see Brady having to direct him all over the field when he left the huddle. He still has the ability, he just never learned the system. I dont know if he can, but its worth a shot for 1 million

  48. godofwine330 says: Mar 26, 2012 10:37 AM

    I am rooting for Chad. I have always liked th eguy. He is funny and there isn’t a bad bone in him. His Twitter followers are constantly being treated with appearances and even dinners (he recently did one, but I remember he did one in Cleveland one Friday before a Browns game while he was in Cincy, for over 100 fans!)

    Chad is a likable guy and I wish him nothing but the best.

  49. bcgreg says: Mar 26, 2012 12:52 PM

    Between Gonzalez, Stallworth, Branch and Ocho, TWO of these guys will NOT make the roster. They are all on one year, low risk deals. If Edelman makes the team, then they’ll have Edelman and Slater at the back end of the WR group. The 4 mentioned above are for the 3rd and 4th WR spot with Wleker and Lloyd being 1 and 2. That’s a pretty tough competition at WR if all stay healthy (Gonzalez particularly).

  50. bradyisthebest says: Mar 26, 2012 3:18 PM

    The only two guaranteed spots are Welker and Lloyd, Ocho, Branch, Gonzalez, and Stallworth will all battle it out for the other two WR spots. Ocho is the most talented of the group battling for the last two spots and has the ability to be the best receiver on the field. Last year was a big time miss and I hope he takes the offseason and camp seriously and shows improvement. He should know the playbook by now with all the time he spent on the bench last season so that better not be a problem again.

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