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Report: Ochocinco wants to play for the Dolphins

Chad Ochocinco AP

At a time when it’s believed by many that no high-profile players want to play for the Dolphins, a high-profile player in whom no one else apparently is interested reportedly wants to reverse that trend.

Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reports that Chad Ochocinco wants to play for pro football team headquartered in his hometown of Miami.  Though the report would likely be accurate if the name of any NFL team were inserted in the title, it makes sense for Ochocinco to want to play for the Dolphins.

It actually could make sense for the Dolphins to want him.

As pointed out in our initial look at teams that could be linked to Ochocinco, the current status of the Dolphins’ depth chart suggests that Ochocinco would be an upgrade.  The question is whether the Dolphins want to embrace the distractions that go with having Chad in the fold.

Pre-Hard Knocks, the answer would have been “no”, possibly preceded by “hell”.  But now that the Dolphins seem to be embracing attention, even if it comes with distractions, Ochocinco makes sense from a football standpoint and a business standpoint.

In a roundabout way, Ochocinco also could help reduce the distractions that HBO and NFL Films will bring to training camp.  Chad will be a magnet for the cameras and microphones, which will result in less attention being devoted to mining the rest of the roster for useful video and sound.

La Canfora suggests that Ochocinco could have a new team within a week.  But if anyone is pursuing him now, they’re doing so on a top-secret basis.

As to the obvious potential landing spots, La Canfora rattles off several that, per team sources, aren’t interested, including the Rams, Panthers, Cowboys, Ravens, Raiders, and Jaguars.  But the anonymous views expressed on an off-the-record basis by one or more team employees is often misleading, and never binding.  Like other veterans with baggage, flirting with a player like Ochocinco creates a distraction.  There’s no reason to acknowledge interest unless and until the decision has been made to sign him.

The biggest red flag for any truly interested team (apart from the cliff off of which his game fell in 2011) would come from a genuine lack of interest by the Jaguars.  Chad’s offensive coordinator in Cincinnati, Bob Bratkowski, now runs the offense in Jacksonville.  And the Jags would benefit from help at the position, even with Justin Blackmon and Laurent Robinson and Lee Evans in town.  And the Jags would benefit from the butts-in-seats buzz that Ochocinco brings.

So if the Jags don’t want him, maybe no one else should.  If, with rosters currently at a 90-man limit, something doesn’t happen soon, it may not happen at all.

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23 Responses to “Report: Ochocinco wants to play for the Dolphins”
  1. handsatlanta says: Jun 9, 2012 1:28 PM

    This year the Dolphins have shown a resistance to diva players. The only question I have about Ochocinco as a fan {long time season ticket holder} is, even with his baggage, will he make this team better {and not just on the field}?

  2. FinFan68 says: Jun 9, 2012 1:35 PM

    Chad is a good guy and an attention craving clown but he does not have the desire/ability to learn a new offense. He can be “productive” only when his responsibility remains simple and unchanging regardless of defensive looks/QB audibles. The only value he would bring to the Dolphins is the PR hype for “Hard Knocks”. It would be a disastrous move from a football standpoint.

  3. blueblood86 says: Jun 9, 2012 1:41 PM

    Hard Knocks
    That’s the only reason.

  4. nublar7 says: Jun 9, 2012 1:42 PM

    “believed by many that no high-profile players want to play for the Dolphins”

    Actually only Ryan Clark believes that. Manning didn’t want to play for the majority of the league and Miami had minimal interest in Flynn. If Miami wanted Flynn they would have offered him more than backup money. Heck if Seattle was so sold on Flynn, why did they use a third round pick on Wilson and that Carrol was “giddy like a school girl” at the thought of drafting Tannehill.

    It was Manning and Flynn that prompted the “no one” comment by Clark. Stop taking shots based on one guy’s inaccurate opinion.

  5. alexdgibson says: Jun 9, 2012 1:42 PM

    *Ochocinco wants to play for any team that gives him a chance.

  6. jerrysandusky1 says: Jun 9, 2012 1:43 PM

    Ochocinco wants to play for the Dolphins or Drew Rousenhous wants Ochocinco to play for the Dolphins?

  7. greasybeerfart says: Jun 9, 2012 1:49 PM

    Sad thing is, he’s an upgrade over any of Miami’s wrs.

  8. captainwisdom8888 says: Jun 9, 2012 1:56 PM

    When cycling through the teams in this league, Miami really stood out to me as a prime spot for a flashy guy like Chad. The Dolphins have a vacancy at receiver and a young QB that needs a viable target. Now we’ll just have to wait and see if Chad can bring himself to learn another NFL playbook…trust me that’s asking alot.

    *How does a player go to Tom Brady’s team and have the worst year of his career, when Brady is good enough to turn just about any receiver into a legitimate threat?

  9. floriosbigtoe says: Jun 9, 2012 2:03 PM

    What would Ryan Clark think about this?

  10. marty2019 says: Jun 9, 2012 2:10 PM

    Florio, what in the world makes you think Chad Ochocinco would sell tickets in Jacksonville? That is ridiculous. No one in Jacksonville is remotely interested in Chad Ochocinco.

  11. chrisjohnston10 says: Jun 9, 2012 2:14 PM

    At least the Patriots won’t have to worry about him giving the Dolphins any tips about their offense.

  12. jc327 says: Jun 9, 2012 2:30 PM

    If Brandon Marshall, who was a distraction but could play the hell out of some football, isn’t wanted in Miami, why would Chad Eightyfive, who is a bigger distraction and also hasn’t shown the ability to play worth a crap in some time, be wanted there?

  13. backindasaddle says: Jun 9, 2012 2:49 PM

    If nothing else, Chad’s experience in New England has demonstrated very plainly that he’s basically just a sandlot football receiver who doesn’t possess the mental capacity to integrate into a synchronized offense. Go long Chad…..

    Nocho Brainzo.

  14. rtk23 says: Jun 9, 2012 2:50 PM

    I’ve seen every one of chads pro games. He’s awesome. Im hoping the bengals bring him back as a #2.

  15. jimbo75025 says: Jun 9, 2012 2:57 PM

    FinFan68 says:Jun 9, 2012 1:35 PM

    Chad is a good guy and an attention craving clown but he does not have the desire/ability to learn a new offense. He can be “productive” only when his responsibility remains simple and unchanging regardless of defensive looks/QB audibles. The only value he would bring to the Dolphins is the PR hype for “Hard Knocks”. It would be a disastrous move from a football standpoint.
    ___________

    Your statement is pretty much spot on but I would add that despite all his antics, he probably does as much or more fan interaction than anybody in the league. For a team trying to (re)build a fanbase, bringing him in to kick the tires might not be a bad move at the right price-if he doesn’t adapt quickly then cut your losses and move on without investing a season “hoping” he gets it.

  16. blacknole08 says: Jun 9, 2012 2:58 PM

    Ochocinco has another incentive in that his fiance Evelyn films her reality show Basketball Wives in Miami. And he appears in it from time to time.

    You kinda have to question his real motive for wanting to play for the Dolphins.

  17. jessethegreat says: Jun 9, 2012 3:55 PM

    I think he’d fit well in Chicago with Marshall. They both play the same kind of football. Cutler loved him some Marshall in Denver, so having another player in the same mold as Marshall wouldn’t sound like a bad move.

    Lovie Smith has proven that he coaches well with just about any player the front office has put on his team. I think Chad would respect Lovie and be a little better learning the playbook with the Bears than he was in NE.

  18. markeyh says: Jun 9, 2012 4:24 PM

    Make it Happen Miami!!!!

  19. nyfcat says: Jun 9, 2012 6:26 PM

    Ochocinco is gonna be 35 at year’s end. He caught 16 passes in 17 games last year. Forget about his antics…He shouldnt be signed because he’s old and just no very good anymore.

  20. footballfan84 says: Jun 9, 2012 6:34 PM

    Well it does make sense. Though it is sad if Ocho Cinco is the best receiver on your team.

  21. ephillips122 says: Jun 9, 2012 7:29 PM

    He’s going to hurt more than he will help. That is a fact.

  22. granadafan says: Jun 9, 2012 9:17 PM

    The coaches will have to be very very accommodating and simplify the offense for him. Just go long, Chad!

  23. daburgh1985 says: Jun 10, 2012 1:01 PM

    I’m a die hard blitzburgh fan, but I would love for us just one time, make a dive on a potentially high caliber player…yes his underachievement was over blown in new England, but I’m sure Tomlin and gang could use him in the slot….mike Wallace and Antonio brown on the outside wit chad in the slot….sounds fun

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