Pro Bowl Wide Receiver Chad Ochocinco’s short tenure as a New England Patriot has come to a close. Speculation has been building throughout the afternoon that something was peculiar with the veteran receiver after he was not present for the team’s Organized Team Activities. The franchise released him after just one year where the WR had his worst statistical season yet, only producing 15 receptions for 276 yards with a lone touchdown in 15 games as a Patriot. There has also been talks of the franchise’s attempts to trade Ochocinco, but without any luck, were forced to release him without any financial compensation. It’s also been said that the receiver struggled mentally with New England’s playbook, and has been filmed numerous times at the team’s OTA’s and camps having his own linemen remind him of his task, and was the only player to run a penalty lap at the team’s most recent OTA session.
“Thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to play for the “Patriot” organization… fans were (censored) wicked awesome, I wish all of you the best…”
The Patriots acquired Ochocinco, who accepted a restructured three-year deal, last July from the Bengals.
In 10 seasons with Cincinnati, Ochocinco amassed a franchise record 10,783 receiving yards. The decorated wideout also leads the Bengals organization in career receptions and touchdowns.
Written By – Jack Knighton- AFC East Writer
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