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Pats officially cut Ochocinco

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To cap an unpredictable afternoon that was fitting given his unpredictable nature, receiver Chad Ochocinco has been released by the Patriots.

The team has formally announced the move.

As Adam Schefter of ESPN reported, and as we separately have confirmed, the Patriots tried to trade Ochocinco before cutting him.  Earlier this year, he agreed to drop his base salary from $3 million to, per NFLPA records, $925,000.  Ochocinco was due to earn $3 million in base salary in 2013.

The Patriots acquired Ochocinco and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth last summer, after the lockout.  They were praised at the time for both moves, although neither panned out.

Ochocinco ended up being the far more costly mistake.  Via a contract restructuring, the Pats gave him a $6 million signing bonus.  He also earned a salary of $1 million in 2011.

In return, the Pats got 15 receptions for 276 yards and one touchdown.

Ochocinco instantly becomes an unrestricted free agent.  The fact that no team was willing to to trade for a contract that would have paid him $925,000 this year means that he’ll at best be getting a one-year deal for the veteran minimum, under the device that allows the contract to account for only $540,000 under the salary cap.

He may not even get that.  Which would mean that the duo that described themselves as Batman and Robin would be able to fight crime or do pretty much anything else in 2012, since neither Ochocinco nor Terrell Owens would be playing pro football.

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72 Responses to “Pats officially cut Ochocinco”
  1. londonbengal says: Jun 7, 2012 5:23 PM

    Chad Johnson, 4 time AFC receiving Champ = great player…….

    Chad Ochocinco = jerk…..

  2. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jun 7, 2012 5:25 PM

    BB can only do so much. You have to want to win and want to change. Haynesworth and this guy were two very bad decisions.

  3. tilllman40 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:26 PM

    Come to BUFFALO

  4. upperdecker19 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:26 PM

    No mas trabajo para ti. Adios Ochostinko!

  5. purplekoolaid1 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:27 PM

    Maybe him and TO can just let football go and do a reality show together.

  6. pakmanjones says: Jun 7, 2012 5:28 PM

    Not surprising…Chad will only succeed in Jacksonville, where he knows Bob Bratkowski’s offense.

    If they don’t sign him, he might be forced to retire even though he can still play.

  7. patge93 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:28 PM

    i like him, but unfortunately he did not get our offense, so he was only a distraction to the team ..

  8. dawkinseffect says: Jun 7, 2012 5:28 PM

    Is this the beginning of the end of Diva wide receivers in the NFL?

  9. outlawshark says: Jun 7, 2012 5:29 PM

    Ocho cinco = Eight five
    Ochenta y Cinco = Eighty five

    What a maroon…

  10. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:32 PM

    Nooooooooo no my fantasy draft is all messed up, he was my 2nd round pick in my boards, well i guess ill have to pencil in johnny knoxs ……he what?? …well ill pencil in justin blackmon then *sips whisky* championship !!!!

  11. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:32 PM

    Nooooooooo now my fantasy draft is all messed up, he was my 2nd round pick in my boards, well i guess ill have to pencil in johnny knoxs ……he what?? …well ill pencil in justin blackmon then *sips whisky* championship !!!!

  12. pnthrz1 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:33 PM

    Panthers should give him the minimum and reunite him with #89.

  13. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:34 PM

    Why double ?

  14. mcaismyfavoritebeastie says: Jun 7, 2012 5:35 PM

    Leopards don’t change their spots folks… Loved to hear all the Superfans talk about how awesome these two were going to be. HA!

    Amazing how quick NFL receivers fall off a cliff…

  15. rcunningham says: Jun 7, 2012 5:39 PM

    outlawshark says:
    Jun 7, 2012 5:29 PM
    Ocho cinco = Eight five
    Ochenta y Cinco = Eighty five

    What a maroon…

    Wow you’re totally not the 100,000th person to point this out.

  16. rayguyreturns says: Jun 7, 2012 5:40 PM

    “outlawshark says: ”
    Ocho cinco = Eight five
    Ochenta y Cinco = Eighty five

    What a maroon…
    ___________________________________
    I was wondering when the non-spanish speaking world would figure this out.

  17. brady2chad1285 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:40 PM

    Guess I can officially change my user name,since it turned out to be a joke. I’m glad he’s gone in any case. He draws attention for all the wrong reasons. That’s not the “Patriot way”.

  18. tformation says: Jun 7, 2012 5:42 PM

    Accidentally read the headline as “Pats OUT Ochocinco.”

    Now, THAT would be news.

  19. jkhart says: Jun 7, 2012 5:43 PM

    Remember how when the pats signed ochocinco and hanesworth and everyone thought they were a super bowl lock?

  20. chrisjohnston10 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:44 PM

    outlawshark says:
    Jun 7, 2012 5:29 PM
    Ocho cinco = Eight five
    Ochenta y Cinco = Eighty five

    What a maroon…
    ————————
    What happens when you put 8 and 5 together on a jersey? You get 85. There is nothing wrong with his name.

  21. Patriot42 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:44 PM

    Some believe he will be that missing link in their attempt to find the promise land….Naah

  22. ppc50 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:45 PM

    Dallas needs a #3 WR – just leave that Basketball Wives fiancee at home.

  23. snap0179 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:45 PM

    Ocho Desempleado

  24. mike5011ad says: Jun 7, 2012 5:46 PM

    I wonder where BB would be without Brady as his QB. He sure has made a bunch of questionable moves over the last five years, but everytine he picks up a player, all the media, especially ESPN and Peter King, talk about what a great move it was. He’s brought in some crappy players recently in both the draft and free agency. Now every reporter tells me they have fixed their defense by bringing in a guy (Chandlier Jones) whose famous because his brother has a cool nickname, Bones Jones. Nobody brings up the point that he only had 4.5 sacks as a pass rusher, despite playing in the not so strong Big East. They keep saying he’s the next JPP, but he’s only 265 and runs a 4.9 forty BB better hope Brade plays until he’s one hundred

  25. Ghost Rat says: Jun 7, 2012 5:46 PM

    Just for fun…

    Jets sign receiver quartet

    The New York Jets today announced the signings of wide receivers Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, Braylon Edwards, and Plaxico Burress to one year contracts. Each will make $2 million for the 2012 season.

    According to Head Coach Rex Ryan, the Jets have little to lose in these signings. “We figure we have two quarterbacks that aren’t worth crap, so we might as well provide them with receivers that aren’t worth crap either. I know we have been asked about bringing in such head cases, but we figure our team chemistry probably couldn’t get worse, and if does we know that Plax is probably packing heat.”

    In an unrelated move, the Jets have inquired with the Jacksonville Jaguars about trading for wide receiver Justin Blackmon and are considering a futures contract for former quarterback Ryan Leaf, pending his future release from prison. When asked about the signings, Jets’ owner Woody Johnson said, “I didn’t want to talk about Darrelle Revis’ contract anymore, so this seemed to be the easiest way to go.” Tim Tebow responded to our request for comment by simply telling us that he “is excited.”

  26. rcbn says: Jun 7, 2012 5:51 PM

    Glad to see the divas leave the game in such large numbers. Hope that this is a trend that continues…….

  27. stonedwhitetrash says: Jun 7, 2012 5:53 PM

    The Dallas Cowboys could use a veteran 3rd receiver

  28. lombardisshineinfoxborough says: Jun 7, 2012 5:54 PM

    It’s too bad it didn’t work out. By all accounts he was a good teammate and did everything he could to make it work. The offense just wasn’t in the cards for him. Hopefully by turning him loose early he can catch on with another team, preferably one the Pats won’t face this year, and eeek out another 1-2 fairly productive seasons. Best of luck to him.

  29. anygivenwednesday13 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:55 PM

    His opps are going to be limited at best: NFL … and NBA … Seem to going younger & younger. And while he doesn’t have Owens like baggage … he’s raised enough question about himself in the past that most will likely pass and go with younger/faster talent.

    Hopefully young guys are seeing how guys like Adrian Peterson & Kevin Durant are conducting themselves and modeling themselves after that instead of TO and his ilk.

  30. kingcarlbanks says: Jun 7, 2012 6:05 PM

    Better save that $ Ocho, maybe put that ignorant grill on ebay. Seriously though, I’d put wood to his fiance with no hesitation…

  31. johnyjags says: Jun 7, 2012 6:07 PM

    I see this in Jaguars future…. Blackmon , Robinson , Evans , Thomas and OCHOCINCO!!

  32. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jun 7, 2012 6:09 PM

    His future wife’s response:

    “Aww baby you got cut @ochocinco I got your back! I’m the bread winner now, which means I make the rules!”

    Aw, that’s going to be fun.

  33. jeziyo247 says: Jun 7, 2012 6:10 PM

    he should join the raiders and reunite with palmer, maybe they could pick up where they left off in cincy.

  34. wherezwaldo says: Jun 7, 2012 6:12 PM

    RIP Ochocinco. Revive Chad Johnson. He’ll get picked up somewhere. Im thinking Jags, Dolphins, Texans, Panthers, & Rams.

  35. granadafan says: Jun 7, 2012 6:14 PM

    Chad Johnson may be weird and egotistical, but at least he never threw teammates under the bus like TO. However, his run ins with coaches are not forgotten. Karma.

  36. tomeffnbrady says: Jun 7, 2012 6:18 PM

    mike5011ad says: Jun 7, 2012 5:46 PM

    I wonder where BB would be without Brady as his QB. He sure has made a bunch of questionable moves over the last five years, but everytine he picks up a player, all the media, especially ESPN and Peter King, talk about what a great move it was. He’s brought in some crappy players recently in both the draft and free agency. Now every reporter tells me they have fixed their defense by bringing in a guy (Chandlier Jones) whose famous because his brother has a cool nickname, Bones Jones. Nobody brings up the point that he only had 4.5 sacks as a pass rusher, despite playing in the not so strong Big East. They keep saying he’s the next JPP, but he’s only 265 and runs a 4.9 forty BB better hope Brade plays until he’s one hundred

    ———
    who represented the AFC in the superbowl last year?

    oh ya the Patriots.

    and yes the future looks bright, with Tom Brady, and hopefully after Mr. Brady.

    success breeds haters

  37. discosucs2005 says: Jun 7, 2012 6:19 PM

    They were trying to trade him? Did Al Davis come back to life?

  38. buffalomafia says: Jun 7, 2012 6:21 PM

    Come to Buffalo we need another WR!

    Just keep your F’n mouth shut & prove yourself!

  39. cannonballdookie says: Jun 7, 2012 6:21 PM

    His Beats match his teeth, how cute…

  40. ampats says: Jun 7, 2012 6:28 PM

    2 thumps up Ghost Rat !

  41. august1969 says: Jun 7, 2012 6:30 PM

    lombardisshineinfoxborough says:Jun 7, 2012 5:54 PM

    It’s too bad it didn’t work out. By all accounts he was a good teammate and did everything he could to make it work. The offense just wasn’t in the cards for him. Hopefully by turning him loose early he can catch on with another team, preferably one the Pats won’t face this year, and eeek out another 1-2 fairly productive seasons. Best of luck to him.

    All he did was get paid and bite his tongue.

    Masterful indeed. This guy is all set. No need to worry about him.

  42. EJ says: Jun 7, 2012 6:33 PM

    Chad OchoCinco has played with Ryan Fitzpatrick before in Cincinnati, the Bills need a decent #3 receiver behind Stevie Johnson at the #1 and David Nelson at #2 in the slot. I think Chad still has some game left in him at 34 and Chan Gailey will make sure he gets the ball a lot more than what he received in New England. OchoCinco to the B-lo?

  43. tweeter75 says: Jun 7, 2012 6:40 PM

    I remember when Johnson first came up in the NFL. The Bengals gushed over how he slept at the practice facility and had such a tremendous work ethic. He was such an excited young kid then. Once he got more spotlight on him and success in the league he contracted the same attention seeking disease as T.O.

  44. beelicker says: Jun 7, 2012 6:47 PM

    @jeziyo247

    Palmer & Johnson used to fight like some old married couple over 85 not being where he was supposed to be in Cincinnati, leading to INTs.

    Palmer would just up & QUIT (again) before ever reconciling with that headache …

  45. jeziyo247 says: Jun 7, 2012 6:59 PM

    maybe he should join the raiders and reunite with palmer, they could pick up where they left off in cincy

  46. westcoastraider says: Jun 7, 2012 7:00 PM

    Ha… Sorry Ocho, we have a number 85 (juron criner) in Oakland and so far he’s looking like its going to work out well for us.. Good luck bro

  47. kerc1986 says: Jun 7, 2012 7:00 PM

    U guys remember that celebration where he put the h.o.f. jacket, I guess that’s not happening at all.

  48. CKL says: Jun 7, 2012 7:03 PM

    jkhart says:
    Jun 7, 2012 5:43 PM
    Remember how when the pats signed ochocinco and hanesworth and everyone thought they were a super bowl lock?
    ______________________________
    Unless you are a NYG fan, lol
    They DID make it to the SB with very minimal contributions from either player.
    Nonsensical comment.

  49. nyjetssuck says: Jun 7, 2012 7:05 PM

    Looks like an acorn just fell off a tree.

  50. bhindenemylines says: Jun 7, 2012 7:09 PM

    He loves the limelight. Dallas for sure if they want him.

    Would be scary.

    Austin.

    DEZ.

    Witten.

    Chad Johnson.

    And some guy running the ball named Murray behind a mountain of a FB Vickers.

    Who do you cover?

    Talk about a D Coordinator’s nightmare.

    Even NYG & Philly can’t cover that personnel.

  51. nobby821 says: Jun 7, 2012 7:11 PM

    I can see it now…Keyshawn on one side, Chad on the other. Irrelevant comments being tossed up all day!

    …Bradshaw must be salivating

  52. vincentbojackson says: Jun 7, 2012 7:33 PM

    Hey bhindenemylines…

    You forgot that somebody has to throw the ball. The fact you forgot to mention your QB speaks volumes.

  53. 32bigg says: Jun 7, 2012 7:34 PM

    Bengals got 2 picks from the Pats for Ocho. They were a 5 and a 6, but if either of those players become a starter, it was a steal.

    If it had gone the other way, people would be talking about what a genius BB is. But no props for Mikey boy.

  54. jomochiefsfan84 says: Jun 7, 2012 7:39 PM

    Somebody will sign him I almost guarantee that it will be the raiders

  55. backindasaddle says: Jun 7, 2012 7:59 PM

    Chad couldn’t pick up the offense. Nocho Brainzo…. says it all.

  56. brownsclown says: Jun 7, 2012 8:13 PM

    I tell ‘ya Lousy Stinko needs to get together with TO and Braylon ‘hands of stone’ Edwards and form a trio!

    The three Divas could entertain NFL crowds with pre-game and half time shows because Lord knows they can’t play anymore!

  57. descendency says: Jun 7, 2012 8:13 PM

    obviously this was a mistake by NE, but I doubt Chad’s days are done. I wish him well where-ever he may go, except NY (either).

  58. arrruserious says: Jun 7, 2012 8:46 PM

    Time for a name change

    How about OchoNoTrabajo?

  59. cereal blogger says: Jun 7, 2012 8:56 PM

    Its going to be awkward when they show footage of him wearing the “HOF” jacket,,you know, b/c he’s not one of the best ever & is not getting in.

  60. strokeytheclown says: Jun 7, 2012 9:08 PM

    One word: HA!

  61. mediasloppy says: Jun 7, 2012 9:28 PM

    On the plus side any team that signs him will have some players enjoy the swag he likes to buy…

  62. jimmysee says: Jun 7, 2012 9:39 PM

    Bear down Bears.

  63. mike5011ad says: Jun 7, 2012 10:16 PM

    tomeffnbrady says:
    Jun 7, 2012 6:18 PM
    mike5011ad says: Jun 7, 2012 5:46 PM

    ———
    who represented the AFC in the superbowl last year?

    oh ya the Patriots.

    and yes the future looks bright, with Tom Brady, and hopefully after Mr. Brady.

    success breeds haters

    ——-

    I’m not hating on Brady, I think he’s one of the top 5 QB’s in the last 50 years. I just think that Belichik as a personnell guy gets WAY too much credit for being a genius. Guys hes drafted and released the last few years:

    2008
    Terrance Wheatley
    Shawn Crable
    Kevin O’connell
    2009
    Ron Brace
    Darius Butler
    Brandon Tate
    Tyrone Mckenzie
    2010
    Jermaine Cunningham
    Taylor Price
    2011
    Shane Vereen
    Ras-I Dowling

    All these guys were in the top 3 rds, and all of them are either gone or never play. This year they had one of the biggest reaches in the draft, second rounder Tavon Wilson, who wasn’t expected to go before the 6th round, and a rugby player from Ohio state in the 6th rd.

    They are going to be good as long as Brady is there, but Belichik has done very little to add legit talent to this team. Oh wait, he traded for Haynesworth, then cut him, and then traded for Ocho, then cut him. Now instead of improving the d, he’s signed Jabar Gafney, Brandon Lloyd, and Robert Gallery. NE is lucky the AFC East is terrible. Enjoy the run for the next few years, because the cupboard is pretty bare after Brady leaves…

  64. randallflagg52 says: Jun 7, 2012 10:18 PM

    Yet another brialliant personnel move by Belichick!

    Seriously Belichick sucks in free agency and the draft. He’s lucky he has Brady to keep that ship afloat. Oh, and for such a “defensive genius”, why does he have the worst defense I’ve seen in about 10 years?

  65. willowy2k says: Jun 7, 2012 10:41 PM

    Change his name back to Chad Johnson and get him in Denver!

  66. rcali says: Jun 7, 2012 10:41 PM

    Wow, Belicheat really whiffed on some big name old dudes last year. Fat Albert, Johnson, Ellis.. Espn couldn’t kiss his As# enough after these moves. I thought Bruschi was going to make out with Belicheat at one point after these signings.

  67. gilbertcapsfan94 says: Jun 7, 2012 10:49 PM

    chad ochocinco is now at the top of the list of the NFL’s A list losers along with Hanesworth. and it is a shame because the Pats have an amazeing resueme for picking up plenty of great free agents and getting even better rookies while every year they continuously flace high up in the draft. they arguably are the best off season team in NFL history which puts them to be one of the best regular season teams aswell. lets face it, the patriots are way to good for the two who are famous for giveing their team notheing but problems. any team that would take either of them needs to fire their GM for even considering.

  68. firstnovaprime says: Jun 7, 2012 11:12 PM

    the Pats needed to keep him, so they would have
    one less productive weapon. I hate the Pats!!!!!!

  69. axespray says: Jun 7, 2012 11:41 PM

    tomeffnbrady says:Jun 7, 2012 6:18 PM
    “who represanted the ACF in the superbuwl last year?
    oh a the Patroits.
    and yes the future looks bright, with Tom Brady, and hopefully after Mr. Brady.
    success breeds haters”
    —————————————–

    Success also breeds ignorance, you just ignored that dude’s post, fact is the Patriots would probably have won more superbowls if Bill the GM wouldn’t whiff in the draft as often as he does, Trading up for Chad Jackson, drafting a bunch of crappy DBs, passing up on Clay Matthews and Mike Wallace, etc.

  70. randallflagg52 says: Jun 8, 2012 12:49 AM

    gilbertcapsfan94 says:Jun 7, 2012 10:49 PM

    chad ochocinco is now at the top of the list of the NFL’s A list losers along with Hanesworth. and it is a shame because the Pats have an amazeing resueme for picking up plenty of great free agents and getting even better rookies while every year they continuously flace high up in the draft. they arguably are the best off season team in NFL history which puts them to be one of the best regular season teams aswell. lets face it, the patriots are way to good for the two who are famous for giveing their team notheing but problems. any team that would take either of them needs to fire their GM for even considering.

    ==================================

    Adalius Thomas, Darius Butler, Brandon Merriweather, Ron Brace, Terrance Wheatly, Shawne Crabble, Kevin O’Connell, Chad Jackson etc. etc…

    Bill Belichick is not that great of a GM, when will people figure this out. If you want to look at the best GM’s in the game look at Baltimore, Green Bay and Pittsburgh. Those teams are the best in the draft and free agency, mainly because they use free agency to resign their own talent rather than wasting money on over priced free agents.

  71. joetoronto says: Jun 8, 2012 6:28 AM

    Wow, 7 Million for 15 receptions and 276 yards and one touchdown.

    Yikes!

  72. chrisjohnston10 says: Jun 8, 2012 6:46 AM

    @mike5011ad

    You can point out those bad draft picks, but the fact remains, there isn’t a team in the league that has any less bad picks. The NFL Network pointed out that Belichick has drafted the most pro bowlers that are currently on the team. As long as Belichick is running the show, The Pats will be ok.

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