Earlier this week, the Miami Dolphins signed former New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco.
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To say that I dislike Ochocinco would be an understatement. My main problem with him is that he's extremely cocky. Plus, who changes their name to a number?! I mean, come on!
Miami signed Ochocinco to a one-year deal, but I have no idea why they even bothered. In his Cincinnati days, he was great. I'll even go so far as to say he was one of the best receivers in the game. But those days are long gone.
He proved that last season in New England. Ochocinco had just 15 receptions for 276 yards and 1 touchdown, and that was playing with one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL -- Tom Brady. I'm sure the Patriots expected way more production out of Ochocinco, but he struggled picking up the playbook and spent most of the season riding the bench.
I understand Miami was thin at receiver after they shipped Brandon Marshall to Chicago, but why Ochocinco? Clearly his best days are behind him, and despite the fact he was pretty modest in New England last season, with his history of causing distractions, he's not even worth the risk at this point.
Plus, last I checked, the Dolphins don't exactly have a good quarterback. If Ochocinco couldn't put up good numbers with Tom Brady throwing to him, the odds aren't in his favor doing so with Matt Moore, David Garrard, or rookie Ryan Tannehill.
Sometimes, players play longer than they should, and they need to be shown the door. I think that's the case with Ochocinco. So, I'm sending him this personal message, and it reads like this:
Dear Mr. Ochocinco,
That is all.
On a side note, I guess people have more of a reason to watch HBO's Hard Knocks now.