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Patriots failed to trade Chad Ochocinco, will release him

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Chad Ochocinco is on the way out in New England.

The Patriots attempted to trade Ochocinco and weren’t able to find any takers, and as a result they’ll release him, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Ochocinco’s departure comes after just one season in New England, a season in which he contributed almost nothing to the offense: He caught just 15 passes for 276 yards in 2011.

The 34-year-old Ochocinco, who was once a Pro Bowler with the Bengals and a consistent 1,000-yard receiver, will now become an unrestricted free agent. Given that the Patriots weren’t able to find any takers on the trade market — and given his weak production in New England last season — he’s likely going to find few teams interested in his services in free agency.

Ochocinco joins Terrell Owens, Braylon Edwards and Plaxico Burress as once-productive veteran receivers who are now on the free agent market, and who seem to be viewed as more trouble than they’re worth by most NFL teams.

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68 Responses to “Patriots failed to trade Chad Ochocinco, will release him”
  1. webehighrollin says: Jun 7, 2012 3:57 PM

    Patriots and Fail in the same sentence..get used to it!

  2. elmaxoh says: Jun 7, 2012 3:58 PM

    The Browns should sign him

  3. revanslightsaber says: Jun 7, 2012 3:58 PM

    Dolphins????

  4. govtminion says: Jun 7, 2012 3:58 PM

    Makes sense that no one wanted a trade. Why bother when it’s clear he’s going to get cut anyway? Wait and THEN pick him up- if you want him in the first place, that is. If he plays the way he did last year, not many teams will want to throw money at him… he has a lot of impressing to do if anyone wants to pick him up, and probably is looking at a pay cut even then.

    …perhaps Denver could use a body at receiver? Probably not a great fit, but better than nothing- which is nearly what they have right now past Demaryus Thomas.

  5. flapjackdaddy says: Jun 7, 2012 3:59 PM

    Put him in a system he is willing to learn and he’d be productive. Not a #1 anymore, but could still contribute.

  6. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Jun 7, 2012 4:00 PM

    Initially I was excited with the addition of Ocho but now it has to be one of the biggest busts of the Belichick era.

  7. goldrush36 says: Jun 7, 2012 4:00 PM

    Allen Wranglers? lol

  8. warhammer420 says: Jun 7, 2012 4:00 PM

    Good news Ochocinco! Now you have all the time in the world to tweet and do crappy reality TV shows!

  9. jerrysandusky1 says: Jun 7, 2012 4:01 PM

    Anyone remember when Vinny Cerrato tried to give Cincy two 1st round draft picks for this guy?

  10. EJ says: Jun 7, 2012 4:01 PM

    I’d take Ochocinco on a one year contract in Buffalo, we need a sure #2 receiver and Chad might be able to do it with the right coaching from Gailey.

  11. bingobrown12 says: Jun 7, 2012 4:01 PM

    Noooooooooooooooo!!

    O.K I’m over it.

  12. august1969 says: Jun 7, 2012 4:03 PM

    shocking.

  13. daysend564 says: Jun 7, 2012 4:03 PM

    If he can’t last on the WR challenged Patriots, where can he survive?

  14. elmaxoh says: Jun 7, 2012 4:03 PM

    If Chad gets signed by the Dolphins Hard Knocks will be amazing !

  15. dexterismyhero says: Jun 7, 2012 4:04 PM

    There is a reality show in the making……Get those 4 together….No guns please Plax…

  16. kane337 says: Jun 7, 2012 4:04 PM

    He will be a Jaguar.

  17. 6ball says: Jun 7, 2012 4:05 PM

    .

    @webehighrollin

    So you’re looking for a sentence with Patriots and fail in it ? Try;

    Only a numbskull would fail to see that over the last decade the Patriots have the best record in the NFL.

    .

  18. m1mplax39 says: Jun 7, 2012 4:06 PM

    Was he even on the Patriots?

  19. Patskrieg dot com says: Jun 7, 2012 4:06 PM

    I watched Ocho pick Brady’s brain all through training camp.

    I watched him stay late after practice and get extra reps in.

    I watched him squash all the distracting obnoxious public tendencies he had to try and fit in.

    I saw this guy try as hard as he possibly could to fit into a high powered offense so good that not even the fact that their highest profile wide receiver not knowing the playbook could stop it.

    And he just… couldn’t… do it. I don’t even know what else to say.

  20. pcaisnipe says: Jun 7, 2012 4:07 PM

    Yes!!! The patriots just got way better. They will be beating down all your teams this season on the way back to the Super Bowl.

  21. greglloydrules says: Jun 7, 2012 4:09 PM

    I still think he can catch 30 balls for 400 yards and a few TD’s. Ochocinco can still play.

  22. cowboyswin says: Jun 7, 2012 4:09 PM

    please remind me, when was Braylon Edwards productive?

  23. jiggybone says: Jun 7, 2012 4:09 PM

    Come on Carolina this is the piece that we need to make our Super Bowl run. Bring him in for a workout and then sign him.

  24. hrmlss says: Jun 7, 2012 4:10 PM

    So if he’s not wearing a jersey anymore, will he go back to Johnson?

  25. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jun 7, 2012 4:10 PM

    Looks like his wedding just went from luxurious to a meeting at the courthouse.

  26. 1buckeye76 says: Jun 7, 2012 4:11 PM

    Still feel like Heaven, Chad?

  27. tcostant says: Jun 7, 2012 4:11 PM

    Hello Oakland!

  28. denverwally says: Jun 7, 2012 4:12 PM

    If its not a ‘9’ route, he just doesn’t “get” it. Wow, if you want to sign a deep threat who doesn’t have the wheels anymore, Chad’s you guy.

  29. bagjr387 says: Jun 7, 2012 4:27 PM

    Him and T.O. can watch the NFL together at home with NFL sunday ticket….

  30. kurtzimmer says: Jun 7, 2012 4:29 PM

    Hurry Harbaugh…go get him!!! There’s another aging, head case, reality show diva WR available to join your niner crew!

  31. mattsffrd says: Jun 7, 2012 4:29 PM

    Jags?

  32. bullcharger says: Jun 7, 2012 4:30 PM

    dexterismyhero says:Jun 7, 2012 4:04 PM

    There is a reality show in the making……Get those 4 together….No guns please Plax…

    ————–

    They used to be idiots that were great football players. That makes for good TV.

    Now they are just idiots. Not so good.

  33. rockthered1286 says: Jun 7, 2012 4:32 PM

    He’ll end up in either Miami, Buffalo, SD or dare I say Minnesota?

  34. selldannysell says: Jun 7, 2012 4:32 PM

    I’d love to hear from all of those Skins fans who thought it would be such a great idea to give up two first-rounders for him. Mike Brown, thank you for saving us from Dan Snyder!

  35. scalfor3 says: Jun 7, 2012 4:35 PM

    he physically still has it, but couldn’t mentally get the hang of the pats offense. in another, simpler scheme he could be a productive #2 wideout

  36. patriotera says: Jun 7, 2012 4:36 PM

    Don’t need to worry about teams picking him up to try to pick his brain on the Patriots play book. Jets may still try it though.

  37. seahulk9 says: Jun 7, 2012 4:38 PM

    hey niners another “weapon” for alex

  38. lucky5934 says: Jun 7, 2012 4:39 PM

    If Chad Ochocinco can not achieve success in the pass happy Patriots’ Offense, then what makes the Patriots believe they would secure a trade for his services? I guess it doesn’t hurt to try, but even non football fans in 3rd world countries know he was going to be released. So why make that trade for a WR who is all talk and no action at this point in his career?

  39. omgmall says: Jun 7, 2012 4:40 PM

    I think it’s safe to say his career is officially over. Now it’s time to change his last name back to Johnson.

  40. azbadinals says: Jun 7, 2012 4:42 PM

    The Cardinals could use a #2 pretty badly… But I have a hard time seeing Whiz putting up with the Ochocircus

  41. gallogj says: Jun 7, 2012 4:43 PM

    I’d take Plax over him. At least Plax still has wheels…even though one has a hole in it.

  42. gisellichek says: Jun 7, 2012 4:45 PM

    @webehighrollin
    Patriots and Fail in the same sentence..get used to it!

    ______________

    Even if you are a Giants fan that is a really silly thing to say… perhaps your standards are a little high…

  43. cincyhokie says: Jun 7, 2012 4:48 PM

    Sadly, Chad has already hit his ceiling. The natural talent he depended on for success for so many years is leaving him with age.

    His best years are behind him no matter what team gets him. The well has gone dry.

    Good luck here on out, Chad.

  44. borisbulldog says: Jun 7, 2012 4:48 PM

    Initially I was excited with the addition of Ocho but now it has to be one of the biggest busts of the Belichick era.

    —————————————————-

    Bigger then Haynesworth?

  45. all4patriots says: Jun 7, 2012 4:52 PM

    some idiot: “If he can’t last on the WR challenged Patriots, where can he survive?”

    Do you realize that Welker, Lloyd, Gaffney, Hernandez, and Gronkowski totaled almost 6,000 yards receiving LAST YEAR? I realize that two of those are tight ends, but Hernandez is used often as a WR and even Gronkowski is often split wide.

    Having 5 of the top 30 pass catchers in the league, by yards, is supposed to be weak? RIIIIIIIIIIGHT.

  46. marcusnaz14 says: Jun 7, 2012 4:54 PM

    I wouldnt say the Pats are WR challenged as they have Welker and Lloyd at WR which is a pretty damn good 1-2 combo, not to mention Hernandez is your #3 for all purposes a WR as well. Then you have Gaffney, who over the past 3 seasons has avergaged 60 rec and 800 yards.

  47. nokoolaidcowboy says: Jun 7, 2012 4:54 PM

    Why do I feel like Jerry Jones is in his office at Valley Ranch, sitting in the dark, pondering…

  48. grpatriot says: Jun 7, 2012 4:55 PM

    Bust? Hmmmmm… He got a fair shot and couldn’t win over Brady… BB and Ocho are buddies…nothing personal, only business!

  49. Neftali Ramos says: Jun 7, 2012 4:57 PM

    More trouble then he’s worth? He was a model citizen in NE. While is antics at times are a bit much, Chad has never been a bad person and hasn’t really had any off field issues.

  50. quizguy66 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:00 PM

    @JS1 yes I remember the alleged trade offer (every time it’s related it becomes more and higher picks) – though I heard it was a 1st with a conditional 3rd. It was a trade that would’ve absolutely destroyed the Bengals cap. It’s also forgotten that they won the division and made the playoffs with Ocho that year. But like so many things with the Bengals, it’s a dead horse that gets beaten up over and over again.

    Will be interesting to see where he ends up next. Hopefully a team that suits his strengths. I think N.E. was a grass is always greener sort of a thing for Ocho. Wouldn’t surprise me if he does better at his next stop.

    -QG

  51. rajbais says: Jun 7, 2012 5:02 PM

    Chad Uh-oh Spaghettios!!!!

    Kids, make sure you never have anyone enable you!!!

  52. kosarsmyidol says: Jun 7, 2012 5:02 PM

    Was he a poor fit for the Patriots, or does he simply not have anything left in the tank?

  53. lowleadman says: Jun 7, 2012 5:06 PM

    Chad played his entire career with the Bungles, whose offensive game plan was to “go deep”.

    When he came to the Pats, he found it impossible to understand the offense that the Pats run. It’s like learning Calculus if you are bad at math.

    Anyway, he is still a good athlete but can only help a team that has a simple game plan, such as “go deep”.

    I nominate the Raiders.

  54. bahshah27 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:06 PM

    Raiders?

  55. upyoursnfu says: Jun 7, 2012 5:09 PM

    The Raiders usually sign washed up Bengals players…

  56. boilerup1869 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:11 PM

    Everyone remember “HOF 2K??”

    how about:

    HOF 2KNEVER

  57. mianfr says: Jun 7, 2012 5:12 PM

    I hope he put a Super Bowl curse on the Patriots before he left the building…

  58. ytsejamer1 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:13 PM

    I wouldn’t say he was the biggest bust…I’d say that belongs to Joey Galloway, Monty Beisel, or Duane Starks.

    85 probably was the most expensive mistake, but not the biggest bust play-wise. He could have helped a bit more…he had the talent, but he couldn’t put it together to allow his teammates and coaches to trust him.

    He was the odd man out anyways…there’s no way he would have made it through camp with the team. It’s actually better now because he can catch on sooner. God knows he needs all the prep time to absorb the playbook.

  59. mixedgrill2004 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:15 PM

    I believe jersey number ocho cinco, along with an ownership interest, are available in Allen, TX. Yee haw, Wranglers!

  60. calihawk says: Jun 7, 2012 5:18 PM

    HBO should offer Miami to pay 1 year contracts for Ocho and TO. It’s all about the ratings.

  61. kodakinvegas says: Jun 7, 2012 5:20 PM

    Him and T.O. Can start an indoor arena team perfect match. Nothing will ever get done. Unless they fumble the opportunity

  62. rraider says: Jun 7, 2012 5:35 PM

    Does anyone saying the Raiders realize that Hue Jackson is gone? oh yea, and Al Davis is dead?

    2 years ago, possible. Last year, sure. This year , doubtful.

  63. nolanorth says: Jun 7, 2012 6:55 PM

    Goodbye meecham, hello chad! Who dat!?

  64. trollaikman8 says: Jun 7, 2012 7:38 PM

    The Redskins need (yet another) #2/#3 WR.

  65. londonfletcher says: Jun 7, 2012 7:39 PM

    “Do you realize that Welker, Lloyd, Gaffney, Hernandez, and Gronkowski totaled almost 6,000 yards receiving LAST YEAR? I realize that two of those are tight ends, but Hernandez is used often as a WR and even Gronkowski is often split wide.”

    Do YOU realize that Gaffney was on the Redskins last year? And the Broncos before that..

  66. deathtoromo says: Jun 7, 2012 8:17 PM

    How did this guy fall , talent wise , so quickly. Wow.

  67. philtration says: Jun 7, 2012 8:48 PM

    6ball says: Jun 7, 2012 4:05 PM

    @webehighrollin

    So you’re looking for a sentence with Patriots and fail in it ? Try;

    Only a numbskull would fail to see that over the last decade the Patriots have the best record in the NFL.
    ===================================

    Yes, but they spell numbskull J-E-T-S

  68. mullman7675 says: Jun 7, 2012 9:08 PM

    Plaxico got the rawest deal of all. Yes, one has to be an uber knucklehead to shoot oneself in the leg, but he didn’t deserve to lose his career.

    Plaxico deserves a shot.

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