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Ochocinco Taking His Talents to South Beach

June 12th, 2012 at 10:26 AM
By Chuck Chapman

'WR Chad Ochocinco' photo (c) 2010, Navin75 - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Whatever happens to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, fans in South Florida won't have to wait long for more entertainment from a professional athlete in town.

Former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco was released last week after just one season with the New England Patriots. On Monday, Ochocinco signed a one year deal to play for the Miami Dolphins.

The 34 year-old Ochocinco is coming off his worst season as a professional where he managed only 15 catches for 276 yards and a single touchdown. Sources out of New England indicated that the Patriots released Ochocinco because of his inability to grasp the Patriots' offense.

In Miami, Ochocinco's hometown, he will find an organization lacking skill at the wide receiver position. Brian Hartline is the team's leading returning receiver after the Dolphins traded Brandon Marshall to Chicago. Davone Bess and Legadu Naane will also be competing for a starting position. The Dolphins drafted two receivers later in the draft including Michigan State product BJ Cunningham.

If Chad makes the Dolphins roster, he'll be adding to the already exciting Bengals home schedule which includes the return of Carson Palmer with the Oakland Raiders. The Dolphins are scheduled to visit Paul Brown Stadium on Oct. 7. 

Fans will get a chance before then to see the always entertaining Ochocinco as the Dolphins are the featured team on HBO's training camp documentary series, "Hard Knocks." Bengals fans will remember Chad's memorable lines, "Kiss the Baby" and "Child Please" when Cincinnati was featured prior to the 2010 season.

Tags: Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals, dolphins, Football, hard knocks, miami, NFL

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