OCNN, the Ochocinco News Network, first reported that veteran WR Chad Ochocinco signed with the Dolphins. Miami head coach Joe Philbin confirmed to reporters Monday that Ochocinco worked out with the team recently. Pro Football Talk reported it is a one-year deal, and the team confirmed the signing later Monday.
Ochocinco, who went to high school in Miami, played for the Patriots in 2011. In 15 games, he had only 15 catches for 276 yards and a touchdown and was cut by New England last week.
The 34-year-old was with the Bengals from 2001-10, going to six Pro Bowls and recording seven 1,000-yard receiving seasons, including a stretch of six in a row from 2002-07.
To make room for Ochocinco, the Dolphins waived C Terence Brown.
The way we see it
For one thing, HBO must be pleased, as Ochocinco will be making his second appearance on “Hard Knocks,” the show that is following the Dolphins this training camp. It featured Ochocinco and the Bengals in 2009.
The signing likely has a lot to do with the Dolphins’ lack of depth and experience at wide receiver. The top two receivers are Brian Hartline and Davone Bess, followed by Legedu Naanee and then several wideouts with one or two years in the NFL.
Ochocinco never got a handle on the Patriots’ complex playbook last season, but he also did not look like the same Ochocinco on the field. If he can be an effective route runner like he was in Cincinnati, Ochocinco can help produce from the outside receiver spot, or maybe be a possession-type wideout for Miami.