3 Reasons Miami Dolphins Should Stay Away from Chad Ochocinco

Ryan Phillips@@RumorsandRantsContributor IIIJune 11, 2012

3 Reasons Miami Dolphins Should Stay Away from Chad Ochocinco

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    The Miami Dolphins had Chad Ochocinco in for a workout on Monday but didn't offer him a contract. Still, the Dolphins were interested enough in him to bring him in for a tryout. 

    The Fins would be wise to pass on Ochocinco altogether and work on developing the guys they have on the roster currently.

    The following is a list of reasons that Ochocinco simply wouldn't work in Miami.


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    The Dolphins already have a roster with veteran receivers Davone Bess, Legedu Naane and Brian Hartline. There's no reason for them to add a 34-year-old like Ochocinco with diminishing skills who probably can't contribute much in the way of statistics. 

    Ochocinco was supposed to be a key piece that would help the New England Patriots over the hump and back to championship form. He wasn't anything close to that. He was buried on the depth chart and barely made an impact on the team.

    While he wasn't a distraction, Ochocinco was not worth the spot he took up on New England's roster. 

Lack of Production

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    As mentioned, Ochocinco was a disappointment statistically in 2011 for the Patriots. He played in 15 games, and during that time, he caught just 15 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown. In the Super Bowl, he added one catch for 21 yards.

    In 2010 with the Cincinnati Bengals, Ochocinco played in 14 games, and as the team's primary wideout, he didn't produce as expected. He caught 67 passes for 831 yards and four touchdowns. 

    If the Dolphins did sign the six-time Pro Bowler, they shouldn't expect much from him in the way of actual on-field production.


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    While Ochocinco doesn't create the kind of drama that someone like Terrell Owens does, his life does happen to have its fair share of drama. From a reality dating show to appearances in the WWE to playing for the MLS during last year's lockout, Ochocinco has a lot going on.

    Ochocinco is also engaged to Evelyn Lozada, who is on the show Basketball Wives.

    He just loves distractions and filling out his time with other pursuits. The Dolphins are a team looking to build something, long-term; they don't need someone who isn't completely focused on football on the roster.