League-wide interest in wide receiver Chad Ochocinco was scant following his June 7 release from the New England Patriots’ roster. Ochocinco’s shortage of production in Foxboro and age (34) were obvious concerns, and the Dolphins seemed to be the only team in serious pursuit.
Ocho wound up signing a one-year deal with a base salary of $925,000, and nothing guaranteed. He can earn up to $2 million in 2012 via incentives.
One longtime NFL general manager explained to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald why few teams — and perhaps only one — were willing to take a flier on the six-time Pro Bowl receiver.
“His best asset is his ability to get separation on routes,” said the G.M. “But you want a disciplined receiver to be in the right spots, and that’s not what this guy is.
“I would not have touched him. His personality issues are not going to change. I don’t know if he’s ever going to get it.”