Update: Tuesday, June 12 at 1:40 p.m. ET
According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, the Miami Dolphins signed Chad Ochocinco to the veteran's minimum at one year, $925,000. Ochocinco can make over $2 million with incentives but he would have to catch at least 80 passes next season.
The Dolphins have the option to cut the six-time Pro Bowler before the season with no penalty. There is no guaranteed money.
Update: Monday, June 11 at 11:00 p.m. ET
The Miami Dolphins' official Twitter account has confirmed that the team has signed Chad Ochocinco.
The Dolphins have signed WR Chad @ochocinco.— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) June 12, 2012
The 34-year-old wide receiver was cut by the New England Patriots less than a week ago.
The Dolphins are hoping Ochocinco can bring some versatility to a team that was the 23rd-ranked passing offense in the league last season
Update: Monday, June 11 at 8:35 p.m ET
The OchoCinco News Network reports on Monday that Ochocinco has signed with the Miami Dolphins:
We just got confirmation from Chad Ochocinco that he has just signed with the Miami Dolphins. The 6 time Pro Bowler will now get a chance to finish his career in his home state.
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The Miami Dolphins are trying to sign Chad Ochocinco to a contract, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com.
It appears there's a good chance that the enigmatic receiver will find a home in Miami before much longer, too.
La Canfora tweeted on Monday:
Dolphins talking contract with Chad Ochocinco. Deal could get done in short order. Continues to look like this one will come together— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) June 11, 2012
Before floundering in Foxborough with the New England Patriots, Ochocinco was productive for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010, catching 67 balls for 831 yards and four touchdowns. He was never able to get it going with the Patriots (totaling just 15 catches for 276 yards and one touchdown), but there is still hope that he will excel in a different system.
The Patriots cut Ochocinco on Thursday after he was unable to get it going under Bill Belichick's wing. He had a hard time connecting with Tom Brady and became an afterthought before long in New England.
For the Dolphins, who desperately need a difference maker in the receiving corps, this is a no-brainer. They need a weapon for quarterback Matt Moore, who is expected to be the starter in Miami next season.
The Dolphins traded Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears in May for a single third-round pick in 2012 and 2013. The next logical step was to add a weapon capable of being a downfield threat. Davone Bess was second in receptions for the Dolphins in 2011 with 51 catches for 537 yards and three touchdowns, as the Dolphins utilized a joint effort from their receivers not named Marshall.
Coming off a disappointing 6-10 season, Miami is hoping someone like Ochocinco can jump-start the offense after they averaged 20.6 points last year.
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