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In the end, Miami was only viable destination for Ochocinco

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As the dust settles on the short courtship of a player who several years ago wanted to play for anyone but the Bengals, receiver Chad Ochocinco ultimately wanted to play for no one but the Dolphins.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, only one team was actively chasing Chad, in large part because the Dolphins were his first choice, by a wide margin.

Though he undoubtedly saw the benefits to his brand of being back on HBO’s Hard Knocks and the convenience of living in his hometown of Miami, there’s another twist to the move.  Chad will get to return this year to both cities where he previously played.

On October 7, Chad will return to Cincinnati — a month before former Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer re-enters the place he reportedly claimed last year that he’d never again set foot.

And twice in the month of December, Chad will get re-acquainted with his most recent team, facing the Patriots in Miami on December 2 and going back to Gillette Stadium on December 30.

But Chad perhaps should be more concerned about Week Three and Week Eight, when the Dolphins face the Jets and cornerback Darrelle Revis, who routinely has gotten the better of their head-to-head duels.

Of course, merely having the ability to be shut down once again by Revis would be good news for Ochocinco.  It would mean that he made it onto the roster.  And that he’s regarded as the best receiver the team has.

Before that comes to pass, a lot of things will need to happen.  For starters, Chad will need to perform much better than he did during his time in New England.

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23 Responses to “In the end, Miami was only viable destination for Ochocinco”
  1. mh28102 says: Jun 12, 2012 11:34 AM

    Even New England OchoCinco is better than Davone Bess and Legadu Nannee.

    Revis could probably take those games off

  2. daysend564 says: Jun 12, 2012 11:43 AM

    If you aren’t Welker or a TE you aren’t part of the game plan in NE.

    Ocho won’t be great this year but since the Dolphins don’t have many other options. He’s probably in line for 60, 900, 5TD this season. Nothing spectacular but far better than in NE.

  3. albanyhawker says: Jun 12, 2012 11:43 AM

    This would be a perfect opportunity to change his name back to Johnson and prove to his new team that he’s more interested in being a football player than a side show.

  4. kane337 says: Jun 12, 2012 11:56 AM

    Chad will be playing the X so he is not likely to line up across from Revis or other #1 corners unless they move to the other side of the field.

  5. polishkingski says: Jun 12, 2012 11:56 AM

    not sayin some playbooks are more complex then others but “they” said he was lost knowing the plays. does miami have to dumb it down for him? seems more trouble than its worth.

  6. granadafan says: Jun 12, 2012 12:00 PM

    He’ll be of no use to the offensive coordinator’s strategy when they play the Patriots. When Mike Sherman asks Chad about the Pats’ playbook, Chad will stutter and stammer, “Uh let’s see here, W-w-w-welker lines up, uh on the left side, no wait, the inside slot on the rightI think. Gronk runs uh slants I think. The QB guy, what’s his name, throws to the runner guy, uh, then the striker takes a shot on goal!”.

  7. rajbais says: Jun 12, 2012 12:02 PM

    Are you kidding me? Chad was only getting chased by the Dolphins because other teams felt that they were at a disadvantage once he made the Dolphins the number one team on his list???

    He’s not THAT special!!!

    Let’s face it the Dolphins only signed him for publicity and no one else wanted him because if he was so desirable he would’ve gotten more than just a salary ranging in the $1 million territory!!!

    Adalius Thomas was allowed to freelance under Rex Ryan and underachieved in his final year in the structure of New England. If he could not get onto a team after that how will Chad succeed in Miami after freelancing his whole career except last year???

    The media needs to stop sucking up to Ochocinco when he can’t play anymore!!! He might be funny, but his play should matter more!!! If he only catches 15 balls in New England he’s at least close to being done!!!

  8. mdev1987 says: Jun 12, 2012 12:07 PM

    He won’t make the team

  9. skolvikesskol says: Jun 12, 2012 12:10 PM

    Ocho is there fir hard knocks… He wont make the team… Child please!

  10. monsterscream says: Jun 12, 2012 12:17 PM

    As a member of the scout team…Ochostanko is very familiar with playing against the Pat’s 1st team D

  11. pskotte says: Jun 12, 2012 12:30 PM

    Good luck Chad

  12. j0esixpack says: Jun 12, 2012 1:16 PM

    daysend564 says:

    If you aren’t Welker or a TE you aren’t part of the game plan in NE.


    Despite being 1 play away from winning their 4th Super Bowl in 10 years, the Patriots had a gaping hole at deep WR

    Ocho had an entire season to show he had the speed to run straight down the sideline, beat his defender with speed and catch a long bomb.

    He couldn’t.

    Barring that he was asked to learn to run timed routes to contribute elesewhere.

    He couldn’t.

    He seems like a good guy albeit with a big ego – but if he couldn’t execute a straight sideline play and runs poor routes, he’s going to be of little use once Hard Knocks finishes it’s training camp coverage.

  13. EJ says: Jun 12, 2012 1:18 PM

    Chad will make the team, but will not be the #1 receiver. He will still put up decent numbers though, maybe something like-65, 1030, 7td’s.

  14. thcnote says: Jun 12, 2012 1:19 PM

    daysend564 says:
    Jun 12, 2012 11:43 AM
    If you aren’t Welker or a TE you aren’t part of the game plan in NE.
    Lloyd will see plenty of balls in NE. You can bet that.

  15. annes22 says: Jun 12, 2012 1:34 PM

    Chad is not better than Devone Bess, you obviously don’t know him.

  16. daswundrkd says: Jun 12, 2012 1:39 PM

    Great opportunity for all involved. Chad will do well in Miami and serve as a mentor to the younger dolphins receivers. Maybe Miami will help him finally get his gold jacket.

  17. wannstache says: Jun 12, 2012 2:06 PM

    Can Ross get any lower in his quest for media attention? I hear his next goal is to hire Jerry Sandusky to the coaching staff.
    In all seriousness, why did he get rid of Brandon Marshall then turn around and get someone who is, at this stage of his career, less talented but brings even more baggage? Philbin is being set up to fail, just like Sparano.

  18. joeytorontosucks says: Jun 12, 2012 3:48 PM

    in the end Miami trades away a better WR but a distraction and picks up another diva WR who is past his prime… so there plan is flawless

  19. redripper says: Jun 12, 2012 3:52 PM

    If they signed him for the pub what a mistake this was. Tebow wanted to be florida in the first place and would’ve gave the team all the coverage they can handle. AND bring something to the table. Feel for you guy’s, good luck anyhow this year.

  20. cincinnasti says: Jun 12, 2012 7:21 PM

    Anyone else think Mark Super Duper is maybe where Chad got some of his ideas? I mean the guy changed his name and also wore number 85.. Kinda of interesting he played for Miami where Chad grew up. When Chad was a young kid this guy would have been the talk in Miami sports…

  21. azheat says: Jun 13, 2012 12:07 AM


    Anyone else think Mark Super Duper is maybe where Chad got some of his ideas? I mean the guy changed his name and also wore number 85.. Kinda of interesting he played for Miami where Chad grew up. When Chad was a young kid this guy would have been the talk in Miami sports…

    I thought Mark Clayton was a little better and had the whole diva thing down pretty good…and cocaine…

    I think Clayton was the WR to wear sunglasses during games.

  22. commiessuckballs says: Jun 13, 2012 10:43 AM

    Clayton was a bit better than Duper in terms of being a more complete WR, but Duper was THE deep threat for Marino during that era. Duper could fly! Unfortunately, he was the one with the coke issue and I ain’t talkin’ soda here. Clayton was as sure-handed in his prime as Duper was fast. If only Shula could have built a top 5 defense in that time, Dolphins would have been insanely tough to beat.

  23. commiessuckballs says: Jun 13, 2012 10:55 AM

    Oh, and yes, Clayton was the guy with the shades during games, lol. Staying “cool” in the scorching South Florida heat.

    Which reminds me, Stephen Ross is a fool for wanting to give up the 1pm game time advantage. I have lived here my whole life and I can’t even get used to the damned heat! No way a northern team comes down here in September & October and isn’t affected detrimentally. Yes, the fans might prefer cooler 4pm games, but actually winning early doesn’t exactly hurt attendance the rest of the way either.

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