Will Chad Ochocinco Revive His Career in Miami?

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIJune 12, 2012

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18: Chad Ochocinco #85 of the New England Patriots listens to music during pre-game warmups on December 18, 2011 before facing the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins have signed veteran receiver Chad Ochocinco to a one-year contract. While it is a low-risk deal for the Dolphins, I just can't see Ochocinco adding much to the roster or turning his career around in Miami. 

Ochocinco is now 34 and coming off of his worst season as a pro. Last year in New England he caught just 15 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown in 15 games. That followed a 2010 season where he caught 67 passes for 831 yards and four scores as the No. 1 target for the Cincinnati Bengals

The Dolphins shipped top receiver Brandon Marshall to Chicago this offseason, presumably because they couldn't continue to allow his off-field troubles to affect the organization.

Now, Miami has been left with a depleted receiving corps led by Brian Hartline, Davone Bess and Legedu Naanee. Clearly, that isn't an impressive group and there should be plenty of opportunities for Ochocinco to earn playing time. 

Ochocinco isn't the locker room cancer someone like Terrell Owens or Randy Moss has been in the past, and he isn't known for his ability to lead or help build something. That said, he does have veteran savvy and is a six-time Pro Bowler. If accepts his role as a veteran leader helping to develop a young receiving corps, there is a chance he could be successful in Miami.

The man formerly known as Chad Johnson won't suddenly find a fountain of youth in Miami and turn into a pass-catching machine. But if he embraces his role as a leader, he could find the field and make contributions on and off of it. That kind of year could lead to another contract. 

In his career, Ochocinco has caught 766 passes for 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns. While he won't add much to those numbers in Miami, he has a chance to give his career a second wind by showing leadership and helping develop the team's young wideouts.