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Ochocinco hasn’t been cut, yet

Patriots Chad Ochocinco has his gloves stuck in his face mask during a practice for the NFL Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis Reuters

The only thing keeping Chad Ochocinco from joining Terrell Owens on the NFL’s literal Mr. Irrelevant list is the fact that Ochocinco still has a job with an NFL team.  Despite rampant rumors to the contrary, that has not changed.

Yet.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Ochocinco remains a member of the Patriots as of this posting, despite eye-opening speculation from employees of the team’s official website that he was cut.

The team’s official website reports he wasn’t present for Thursday’s practice.  And the Twitter feed for Patriots.com openly asks whether Chad will still be a member of the team at the end of the day.

We don’t know the answer to that question.  But we do know that, as of right now, he hasn’t been cut.

Earlier in the offseason, Ochocinco agreed to drop his base salary from $3 million to $1 million in 2012.  Agent Drew Rosenhaus later said that Chad has unfinished business in New England, which prompted us to point out that some would say Chad’s business was still unstarted.

Though it may never get started, it hasn’t ended.

Yet.

UPDATE 3:10 p.m. ET:  A prior version of this article incorrectly stated that there were “multiple accounts” that Ochocinco has been cut.  That was a poor choice of words, and I apologize for it.  Our report regarding Chad’s status was sparked by one thing:  A surprising degree of speculation from employees of the Patriots’ official website — and thus employees of the Patriots’ organization — regarding whether Ochocinco’s absence from practice on Thursday means he is also absent from the roster.  Other reporters not employed by the Patriots engaged in similar speculation, which was apparently fueled by the fact that Ochocinco removed from his Twitter page the designation that he plays for the Patriots.  He has since restored it.

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54 Responses to “Ochocinco hasn’t been cut, yet”
  1. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Jun 7, 2012 2:21 PM

    Okay.

  2. greglloydrules says: Jun 7, 2012 2:21 PM

    I like Ochocinco. Despite all the things he says and does he shouldn’t be compared to that loser T.O.

  3. norvturnersneck says: Jun 7, 2012 2:23 PM

    Cut him and avoid the drama, tweets, and promises.

  4. pooflingingmonkey says: Jun 7, 2012 2:23 PM

    He’s done.

    Pretty nice career he had though. Led the AFC in receiving yards four striaght years, something no one else has ever done.

  5. randyd223 says: Jun 7, 2012 2:23 PM

    Yes it has, he was cut this morning

  6. tedmurph says: Jun 7, 2012 2:26 PM

    He showed up for work @Gillette and soon left in a hurry. He changed the bio on his twitter page, removing the part about being a Patriot. Sounds like it’s just a matter of announcing it.

  7. webehighrollin says: Jun 7, 2012 2:29 PM

    WOWW..5 wide: VD, Crabtree, Manningham, Moss, Ochochinco??

    Give me a break.

    Championship!!

  8. beelicker says: Jun 7, 2012 2:30 PM

    Even money he makes another of his patented habitual false starts.

  9. zeke2517 says: Jun 7, 2012 2:31 PM

    Super Bowl Champion Chad Ochocinco.

  10. Captain Chaos says: Jun 7, 2012 2:32 PM

    Another washed up WR that thinks he is better than he is. If it was smart he would learn from the fate that T.O. is currently facing. Thats a big IF though.

  11. beecee71 says: Jun 7, 2012 2:32 PM

    I hated ochocinco in the beginning until i followed him on twitter and got to know a little bit about him. He is a decent and generous guy. I’ll root for him on any other team. I hope he doesn’t go broke in two years like the rest of them, but chances are he already is.

  12. hawkforlife says: Jun 7, 2012 2:32 PM

    I forgot he was even a member of the team about half way through last season. Maybe the Patriots forgot about him being on the roster too.

  13. beerbaron says: Jun 7, 2012 2:32 PM

    There are only so many reps to go around, might as well cut him loose now and get a better feel for the rest of the receivers.

    I think Ocho just never adapted to the New England offense that requires receivers to read coverages almost like quarterbacks. Guy can still line up and run a comeback route — maybe he’ll end up back with Hue Jackson and the Bengals?

  14. bigperm33 says: Jun 7, 2012 2:32 PM

    Chad was definitely not good last year. But some of the blame has to lay at the feet of the coaches and Brady. He was clearly their third best receiver, and someone they could have used production out of. Part of their responsibility, is to make due with what you have, and find a way to get Chad involved. they never did that. Pats seems to have a bit of an arrogance when it comes to their offense – either fit in exactly, or you don’t get the ball. demanding precision is one thing, but at the end of the day, your roster is your roster. if chad was all they had for a #3 receiver, they had to get more out of him. their failure to find a way to make it work with him really hurt, especially in the super bowl where they desperately needed another weapon. We see other QBs, namely both Mannings, find a way to put up numbers regardless of who the receivers are. Brady’s inability to do that has hurt this team the last few years – and it showed against the better defenses.

  15. patsfiend says: Jun 7, 2012 2:33 PM

    In other news, an asteroid has not yet hit my house. The Celtics will be wearing green tonight. And, it’s almost time for lunch.

    I think I’m actually looking forward to Ocho’s twitter feed being “cut” from various Pats boards as much as I am Chad actually being cut.

  16. dfeltz says: Jun 7, 2012 2:33 PM

    Unlike TO, Chad will get at least another call from another team. Chad hasn’t been a distraction or make waves while in New England. Whether he can still produce with another team is a different story.

  17. diablo19709 says: Jun 7, 2012 2:34 PM

    Ocho is a TV personality not an NFL player any longer. He works harder on his tweets than between the lines-

  18. mornelithe says: Jun 7, 2012 2:34 PM

    Florio,

    FYI, no one on PFW indicated that Chad had been cut (I’ve been listening to the broadcast the entire day). There were concerns that he wasn’t at todays OTA’s, and he also had removed ‘WR for the New England Patriots’ from his twitter account (which is now back).

    So, just a heads up, no one has reported he was cut, there were merely concerns about his status.

  19. mesta1 says: Jun 7, 2012 2:37 PM

    As much as people lump Ocho in with TO, he is actually a very smart guy. He makes a lot of money even outside football, doesn’t waste his money, and he can shut up if he wants to be on a winning team. Plus, his wife is gorgeous as all of hell.

  20. jessicamonroe555 says: Jun 7, 2012 2:37 PM

    @tedmurph, his Twitter bio has since been changed back, not that a Twitter bio is a definitive source for proof of such things…

  21. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jun 7, 2012 2:38 PM

    You know there about a couple thousand other players that haven’t been cut yet. But, you don’t see me writing a story about them.

  22. mesta1 says: Jun 7, 2012 2:38 PM

    Fiancé* not wife

  23. benh999 says: Jun 7, 2012 2:38 PM

    Transactions do not become official until 4PM. Technically, he can be informed he’s been cut, have the transaction submitted, then denied, and he would still be a member of the team (eg, Joey Porter).

  24. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 7, 2012 2:39 PM

    webehighrollin says:
    Jun 7, 2012 2:29 PM
    WOWW..5 wide: VD, Crabtree, Manningham, Moss, Ochochinco??

    Give me a break.

    Championship!!
    _____
    YES!! and a QB who can’t get the ball to any of them!!

  25. jnova80 says: Jun 7, 2012 2:40 PM

    webehighrollin says: Jun 7, 2012 2:29 PM

    WOWW..5 wide: VD, Crabtree, Manningham, Moss, Ochochinco??

    Give me a break.

    Championship!!

    ————————————————
    Ochocinco’s best days are behind him. I wish him luck but I don’t want to see him in a Niner uniform.

  26. nflofficeadmin says: Jun 7, 2012 2:40 PM

    He’ll be begging the bengals to take him back.

  27. 4t9er says: Jun 7, 2012 2:40 PM

    T.O. is a future hall of fame WR. He might be old, crazy and bankrupt, but he played great in every team he has been part of.

  28. 1buckeye76 says: Jun 7, 2012 2:42 PM

    greglloydrules says: Jun 7, 2012 2:21 PM

    I like Ochocinco. Despite all the things he says and does he shouldn’t be compared to that loser T.O.

    —————–

    You’re right, he shouldn’t. TO had a far superior career.

  29. buzzhaakon says: Jun 7, 2012 2:42 PM

    “despite multiple accounts that he was cut”?

    Name one account. There were non. Some people just wondered.

  30. cannonballdookie says: Jun 7, 2012 2:43 PM

    Just cut him already, it’s pathetic what these two sides are doing with each other. Ochocinco might have a little bit left in the tank, but he’s not going to crack the depth chart in New England. Also, the Pats are going to have this story surrounding him as long as he’s on the roster.

    They just need to admit he isn’t a fit and move on, yet I said the same thing last year. The funniest part of it all is Ochocinco has been a 100% class act the whole way through. He deserves one last shot.

  31. patsdrukker says: Jun 7, 2012 2:43 PM

    tedmurph says:
    Jun 7, 2012 2:26 PM
    He changed the bio on his twitter page, removing the part about being a Patriot.

    _____________________________
    Just not true. Easy to check.

  32. mornelithe says: Jun 7, 2012 2:50 PM

    Update: Adam Schefter reports that Chad Johnson was absent from OTA’s today, to see an eye doctor.

  33. rajbais says: Jun 7, 2012 2:56 PM

    Yes and that “unfinished business” is getting his bags packed!!!!

  34. jakek2 says: Jun 7, 2012 3:04 PM

    @webehighrolling –

    No matter what big name WRs the 9ers accumulate, you still have Alex Smith throwing him the ball.

  35. jjwalkerisdynomite says: Jun 7, 2012 3:06 PM

    Will he change is name to Ochoseis?

  36. blacknole08 says: Jun 7, 2012 3:08 PM

    I have a feeling that even when Ochocinco gets cut/retires will still find someway to keep himself relevant. The man knows how to use social media. People that aren’t hardcore fans know who he is.

  37. Kristen Holmes says: Jun 7, 2012 3:08 PM

    The cowboys should sign him. We need someone to replace Laurent Robinson as our 3rd WR on the depth chart. He’s still got a couple good years left in him. Plus Miles and Dez always get hurt.

  38. pftcensorssuck says: Jun 7, 2012 3:13 PM

    Kristen Holmes says:Jun 7, 2012 3:08 PM
    He’s still got a couple good years left in him.
    ———————————————————

    You apparently didn’t see a single Patriots game, did you?

    If you can’t succeed with Tom Brady throwing the damn ball, how do you expect to succeed with Tony Romo????

    He’s done

  39. crownontherocks says: Jun 7, 2012 3:15 PM

    it turns out Ochocinco was simply going to see an eye doctor.

  40. dadofthedecade says: Jun 7, 2012 3:19 PM

    “tedmurph says:Jun 7, 2012 2:26 PM

    He showed up for work @Gillette and soon left in a hurry. He changed the bio on his twitter page, removing the part about being a Patriot.”

    ————————————-
    “Chad Ochocinco

    @ochocinco

    New England Patriot WR Download Mad Chad from iTunes”

    Twitter Bio at 3:18 PM. I can see how it would be confusing, seeing as it was the first thing listed…

  41. rajbais says: Jun 7, 2012 3:20 PM

    Kids, please learn a lesson. Never get yourself enabled because if you do you’re going to suck like Chad Ochocinco did!!!!

  42. pooflingingmonkey says: Jun 7, 2012 3:31 PM

    @nflofficeadmin says:
    Jun 7, 2012 2:40 PM
    “He’ll be begging the bengals to take him back.”

    I bet your right, but I doubt the Bengals want to go down that road again. And reps he were to get would be at the expense of Shipley, Sanu, Jones, Binns, etc..

    I also think Marvin Lewis has had enough of #85.

  43. CKL says: Jun 7, 2012 3:36 PM

    @bigperm,

    Thanks for the laugh!

    I would think Ocho would get until first cuts in TC to try to get it right, but who knows? Whatever happens, I wish him well. From all accounts, he’s worked hard and tried to do what the coaches wanted. I think he wants to fit in so much that he psyches himself out.

  44. coutre says: Jun 7, 2012 3:37 PM

    He’s been cut.

  45. cmdrsmooth says: Jun 7, 2012 3:41 PM

    Ochostinko is done. He had a pity roster spot cause he is such a nice guy. Crazy, but cool dude.

    I’m sure you will be alright 85. Stop the embarrassment. Ochocinco-Terminado

  46. beelicker says: Jun 7, 2012 3:44 PM

    @beerbaron

    “maybe he’ll end up back with Hue Jackson and the Bengals?”

    Hue is coaching DBs with the Bengals now & Chad would have the same problems here that he’ll have anywhere else, it’s not the same offense he’d have to learn all over now in Cinci where he still specialized in 2-3 habitual false starts from the WR every couple of games in the old one even though he’d been running it for his entire time in the NFL.

    Maybe ritalin would help?

  47. dram931 says: Jun 7, 2012 3:45 PM

    Kristen Holmes says:Jun 7, 2012 3:08 PM

    The cowboys should sign him. We need someone to replace Laurent Robinson as our 3rd WR on the depth chart. He’s still got a couple good years left in him. Plus Miles and Dez always get hurt.

    Cowboys should just sign everybody that sucks so they can keep doing the same. Robinson was smart to get the heck out of D.

  48. hawkforlife says: Jun 7, 2012 3:50 PM

    (I’ve been listening to the broadcast the entire day).
    ——————————
    mornelithe, can you get me a job where you work. :)

  49. TeamBalco says: Jun 7, 2012 3:53 PM

    Once he’s cut, he’ll become a Raider!

  50. dequan81 says: Jun 7, 2012 3:55 PM

    Chad has been cut – per Adam Schefter

  51. jiggybone says: Jun 7, 2012 3:56 PM

    Please cut Chad Johnson. He always wanted to play next to Steve Smith like he did when they were at junior college. Carolina would be a force to recon with if he comes to the panthers. He has a few good years left in him. Dont let that NE offense fool you, he would still start in anybody else’s system.

  52. theguywhotoldtimtebowtoshutthefup says: Jun 7, 2012 4:08 PM

    I don’t care what your initials are, no one wants to be called VD.

  53. cannonballdookie says: Jun 7, 2012 4:40 PM

    dram931 says: Jun 7, 2012 3:45 PM

    Kristen Holmes says:Jun 7, 2012 3:08 PM

    The cowboys should sign him. We need someone to replace Laurent Robinson as our 3rd WR on the depth chart. He’s still got a couple good years left in him. Plus Miles and Dez always get hurt.

    Cowboys should just sign everybody that sucks so they can keep doing the same. Robinson was smart to get the heck out of D.
    —————————-

    Yeah, leaving one of the most productive offenses with a consistently great QB like Romo and going to a hell hole in Jacksonville with Gabbert was a great move. Not like money had anything to do with it.

  54. pantherstimes says: Jun 7, 2012 4:59 PM

    Bring him to Carolina. I won’t be mad at all about that. I don’t see him taking Panthers money though. Something tells me that someone out there is willing to pay him more.

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