Courting Chad Ochocinco Merely Latest Publicity Stunt by Dolphins' Ownership

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIJune 11, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Chad Ochocinco #85 of the New England Patriots waits on the field during warmups before the New England Patriots take on the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins are planning to work out receiver Chad Ochocinco next week, as they would like to add a veteran receiver. After his an awful season in 2011, the only reason Miami would add Ochocinco would be as a publicity stunt.

The Dolphins currently boast a receiving corps that consists of Brian Hartline, Davone Bess, Legedu Naanee and several unproven veterans, plus five rookies. While that's not exactly a stellar group, the 34-year-old Ochocinco wouldn't add anything to the team. 

Last season with the New England Patriots, Ochocinco caught just 15 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown in 15 games. He had just one catch for 21 yards in the Super Bowl. 

For his career Ochocinco has 766 receptions, 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns in his 11 NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and Patriots. He went to six Pro Bowls in that time. In 2010 he had 67 receptions for 831 yards and four touchdowns.

While he was once one of the best receivers in the NFL, Ochocinco's time at the top is now past. There is no reason for the Dolphins to waste time on him unless they are just looking for attention. I'm more than a bit skeptical that HBO announced Miami will be the subject of this year's edition of Hard Knocks, and all of a sudden the team has interest in a character like Ochocinco.

The Dolphins could use a veteran receiver, but signing a guy like Ochocinco would be a huge distraction for the team, and he won't produce enough to make up for it. 

Miami would be smart to avoid the drama that the 34-year-old falling star would bring to the team.