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Ross confirms Ochocinco visit, deal may be close

Stephen Ross AP

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross confirmed during a conference call with the team’s season-ticket holders Monday night that they had worked out wide receiver Chad Ochocinco.

It may be even further along than that.

Ross said “no decision had been made” on whether to sign the veteran receiver. But while he spoke, Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reported on Twitter they were talking contract and a “deal could get done in short order.”

“We don’t have a number one receiver, but we have a lot of dependable receivers,” Ross said of a group headlined by Brian Hartline, Davone Bess and Legedu Naanee.

Ross spoke in glowing terms about the young talent the Dolphins have, saying first-round pick quarterback Ryan Tannehill had “all the makings of becoming a franchise quarterback,” and called fourth-round running back Lamar Miller “an unbelievable steal.”

Much of the call was spent discussing fan-friendly topics such as fight songs and water parks, but adding a target for Tannehill would probably make them much happier.

UPDATE 9:04 p.m. ET:  And there it is.  Ochocinco is a Dolphin.

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10 Responses to “Ross confirms Ochocinco visit, deal may be close”
  1. Ghost Rat says: Jun 11, 2012 8:00 PM

    “We don’t have a number one receiver, but we have a lot of dependable receivers,” Ross then went on to say, “By adding Ocho, we have someone who is neither a number one receiver, nor dependable. It will be a much better match for our quarterbacks, who are neither number one quarterbacks nor dependable.”

  2. phishead1313 says: Jun 11, 2012 8:03 PM

    Drafting a WR instead of Lamar Miller would have solved this problem. We already had RB’s on the roster who each played last yr. I still haven’t ruled out GreenBay cutting a WR that would fall into our lap ala Chad Pennington.

    Phishead1313

  3. dalucks says: Jun 11, 2012 8:03 PM

    Hopefully, Chad Ochocinco can be a good influence on the young Dolphin wide receiver like Vincent Jackson is doing in Tampa.
    Chad will help out the ratings for Hard Knocks and he gets to play in his home city. Liberty City support Ochocinco.

  4. mjbulls45 says: Jun 11, 2012 8:07 PM

    ocho = tv ratings,

    hard knocks

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 11, 2012 8:07 PM

    Legend has it that a visit from the Ochocinco is either a portent of good luck or a portent of bad luck. Depending on who you talk to. The elusive creature has been credited with miracles and rebirth, but blamed as the harbinger of revolt, plague, and famine. He is celebrated in story and song. Beloved, ridiculed, hated, scorned, and mourned in passing.

  6. mjkelly77 says: Jun 11, 2012 8:08 PM

    This reeks of desperation.

  7. thegonz13 says: Jun 11, 2012 8:26 PM

    Holá, me llamo Ochocinco y soy un idiota.

    Exerpt from his introductory press conference…

  8. dolfan72 says: Jun 11, 2012 8:29 PM

    Another dumb move by the CHICAGO CUBS OF THE NFL! Fifteen other teams have won the Super Bowl since Miami won it last, and it’s bonehead moves like this that explain it! I’m predicting the Dolphins won’t win again in my lifetime, and if they do, it won’t be until the rest of the league has won it at least once! Sixteen tams to go!

  9. delmonte55 says: Jun 11, 2012 8:33 PM

    Times are going to be tough in Miami. Ross needs to stay out of Football discussions and decisions.

  10. wannstache says: Jun 12, 2012 12:51 AM

    Sad what Ross done to this franchise. This is all about attention. The wrong kind of attention.

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