Ochocinco signs with Dolphins
After being released by the Patriots, wide receiver Chad Ochocinco was signed by the Dolphins on Monday. (ADAM HUNGER/Reuters file photo)
Wide receiver Chad Ochocinco signed with the Dolphins on Monday following a recent workout.
Ochocinco was waived by the Patriots last week after one disappointing season in New England in which he caught just 15 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown.
The Dolphins traded Brandon Marshall to Chicago over the offseason and have a collection of secondary receivers. Whether Ochocinco can fill that void at this point of his career is far from certain.
"It is not an indictment of any of the players that we have, we like the players that we are working with at this point in time," coach Joe Philbin said Monday before the announcement of Ochocinco's signing. "I don't think that it's any different than any position, you always evaluate your roster."
Brian Hartline is one of the players competing for a starting job, but has been sidelined by an undisclosed leg injury. Philbin admitted that consistent drops have been a concern as the coaching staff evaluates the wide receivers on the roster.
"Again glancing at some of the drills today down in the red zone there were a couple guys, it's not always the receivers, some backs dropped one here and there and a tight end, but we have to catch the ball more consistently at every position on offense, because it is not quite where it needs to be," Philbin said.
Ochocinco attended Miami Beach High School and is set to marry VH1 reality star Evelyn Lozada in South Florida.
Ochocinco has 766 career receptions for 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns.