The move really comes as no surprise to anyone, because Ochocinco was simply a non-factor for the Patriots all season. Ochocinco had the worst season of his career by far. In 15 games, the wide receiver caught just 15 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown.
Call me crazy, but I still believe that the veteran receiver still has another decent year left in the tank.
It will be interesting to see how much attention Ochocinco receives on the open market if he receives any at all. The wide receiver will certainly not get a flurry of calls for his services, but let's take a look at possible landing spots for Chad Ochocinco.
The average NFL fan may have a hard time naming a wide receiver that plays for the Miami Dolphins. That will all change, however, as the Dolphins are set to appear on HBO's Hard Knocks.
The Dolphins wanted to create more buzz around their rebuilding franchise, and it would be hard to imagine anything that would generate more buzz than Chad Ochocinco in a Dolphin uniform.
Bring Ochocinco's talents to South Beach, Jeff Ireland!
Why the hell not?
The Jaguars are already dealing with legal troubles from their stud draft pick Justin Blackmon, and the team is relatively thin at the position behind him anyway.
Blackmon may end up missing a game or two to start the season because of his DUI, and although the Jags did add Laurent Robinson in the offseason, the team should still look to acquire all the help that they can get for their second-year quarterback, Blaine Gabbert.
This would be the best-case scenario for Chad Ochocinco.
Gary Kubiak has publicly stated that there’s a “strong possibility” that the team will end up signing a veteran wide receiver to round out its receiving corps, according to CBS Sports, which is news that came shortly after the team decided to release Jacoby Jones.
The team did draft two young receivers in DeVier Posey and Keshawn Martin, but it certainly needs another veteran presence to go along with Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter.
Chad Ochocinco could be their guy.
The Dallas Cowboys could be a dark horse candidate for Ochocinco's services.
The team lost Laurent Robinson through free agency, which gives Jerry Jones a valid reason to consider signing him. Ochocinco could line up in the slot for the Cowboys, and it seems that he would fit in nicely with the trio of Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten as the team's fourth receiver.
The Browns waited until the fourth round to draft a receiver and failed to add a receiver via free agency, which once again gives them one of the league's worst groups of receivers.
Chad Ochocinco would not fix the problem in Cleveland overnight, but he would put some extra fans in the seats while also bringing some swagger to the Browns' lackluster offense.