Chad Ochocinco was cut by the New England Patriots on June 7 and will now be bringing his talents to South Beach. Ochocinco and the Dolphins agreed on a one-year deal just four days after the Patriots cut him due to "a lack of football I.Q." coming off his worst season of his career.
Could it be a coincidence that Ochocinco signs with the Dolphins? He lives in Miami. The Dolphins were selected and accepted HBO's 2012 Hard Knocks invitation. Ochocinco could be a home run for HBO and its ratings following a off year last season for the show. He's got a huge Facebook and Twitter following and his on and off the field antics are perfect for TV ratings.
The six-time Pro Bowl WR Ochocinco managed only 15 receptions, 276 yards and one TD in 2011 after a seven seasons in Cincinnati in which he had 1,000 plus receiving yards.
Ochocinco, 34, will be on Hard Knocks for the second time in his career (Bengals, 2009) and will look to resurrect his name and football ability following a washed up 2011 campaign in New England. The Dolphins have more then a few story lines heading into the 2012 season:
1. Dolphins sign veteran WR Chad Ochocinco
2. Can Reggie Bush duplicate a solid 2011 season?
3. QB Battle- David Garrard, Matt Moore and 1st-round pick Ryan Tannehill
4. New Head Coach Joe Philbin takes over
5. Can Dolphins replace WR Brandon Marshall?
(81 rec., 6 TD, 1,214 yards in 2011)
After an 0-7 start in 2011 the Dolphins played great in the second half of the season winning six of their final nine games led by the Bush and Moore, can they keep it going in 2012?