Ochocinco thinks Dolphins have “genuine interest” in him

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The Dolphins haven’t confirmed that Chad Ochocinco will work out for them.

That isn’t stopping Ochocinco from feeling good about his chances of signing with them as a free agent. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the former Bengals and Patriots wide receiver is “optimistic that there’s genuine interest” in bringing him on board.

Even without confirmation from the team, it’s not hard to understand why that might be the case. The Dolphins’ depth chart at receiver currently features Davone Bess, Brian Hartline and Legedu Naanee alongside a slew of underwhelming veterans and unproven rookies. If Ochocinco’s game is sound and he can see his way clear to learning the playbook, there’s a place for him on the offense.

There’s also the Hard Knocks angle. We’re not suggesting that the Dolphins are interested in signing him just to juice up their HBO stint this summer, but the willingness to do the show makes it clear that the Dolphins aren’t worried about the possibility of distractions. That’s a prerequisite for getting into bed with Ochocinco, so the wideout’s belief in genuine interest seems well-founded.

Now we just need to actually get to the workout because all the interest in the world won’t help Ochocinco if he can’t prove his value on the field.

20 responses to “Ochocinco thinks Dolphins have “genuine interest” in him

  1. Will always be a fan of Ochocinco. Dude still has skills…period. Miami need’s all they can get. Ocho needs to go back to being OCHO

  2. Dolphins have to at least check him out and TO too. What do they have to lose? They have worst collection of wideouts in the league and a maybe a rookie QB starting.

  3. Its “sad”* that after all the years as a PRO, he is tagged with “if he can learn the playbook.”

    QBs can’t stand and watch him to see if he can run around and get free anywhere he chooses – they have to know exactly where he is, and he needs to know where to be and help block his man!

    * feel free to substitute ‘sad’ with “stupid, dumb, financially irresponsible, disastrous, lazy, useless, and / or hopeless” – or any other term you might choose. . .

  4. chad was a good teammate in new England. good guy and not distracting. if he is willing and able to learn the playbook I think he would be a great addition in Miami.

  5. I’m guessing either Marlon Moore or Roberto Wallace [b/c of their talent level and new coach/system] are on the verge of a semi breakout season.

    Since we don’t know which one of them it might be, I’d rather keep both and play the odds….. which means no room for an over the hill OMG WTF.

    I also wouldn’t trust sending Jeff Fuller and/or Rishard Matthews to the practice squad w/o being poached.

  6. If the Dolphins do bring him on, it’ll be interesting to see if the media savvy cultural icon Ochocinco shows up or if the quiet good teammate Patriot Chad shows up.

    For some reason, I hope (and for entertainment sake on Hard Knocks) we’ll see the cultural icon Ochocinco.

    I still laugh every time I think of that “Child Please” segment with Ochocinco when Hard Knocks did the show with the Bengals.

  7. chazzmon says: Jun 11, 2012 11:52 AM

    Dolphins have to at least check him out and TO too. What do they have to lose? They have worst collection of wideouts in the league and a maybe a rookie QB starting.

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    Yeah because TO is exactly the kind of WR you want your rookie QB to have to deal with.

  8. For all of the praise that BB gets both justified and unjustified I hope Ocho can finally admit this guy tried to ruin his career. We had to watch a year of one of the most genuinely open players in the leauge become a shut in. They knew what they were getting when they traded for him so why not let Chad be Chad. It’s a shame to see what he had to go through. I hope he catches on somewhere and can go out in style when he’s ready.

  9. I don’t understand, WHY can’t he learn the playbook? If it’s a genuine learning disability and not just someone distracted by his own life, then this needs to be addressed accordingly and special memorizing techniques utilized. Is there more to this story?

  10. For the first time in the history of the NFL, no one is accusing a team of bringing a player in simply to glean insights into the playbook.

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