Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ochocinco's departure from Pats was long overdue

Photo: Beth Hart, Flickr 


Making just 15 catches throughout an entire season won't cut it, but it will get you cut.

Chad Ochocinco, the former three-time All-Pro and six-time Pro-Bowler, was released by the Patriots Thursday. It was long overdue, as Ochocinco never got on the same page with the rest of the Patriots' offense last season despite having ample time -- especially for a veteran -- to do so.

Thursday, Ochocinco changed his Twitter bio to "UNEMPLOYED BLACK GUY."

"Thoroughly enjoyed the oppurtunity to play for the "Patriot" organization," Ochocino wrote on Twitter. "... fans were (expletive) wicked awesome, I wish all of you the best..."

Right from the start of the 2011 season, from the quarterback to the offensive coordinator, people within the Patriots' locker room insisted Ochocinco was starting to get it, citing getting acclimated with New England's offense as a learning curve.

However, Ochocinco was still on that curve during OTAs this offseason, as he reportedly needed help from fellow receiver Deion Branch on where to line up at the line of scrimmage in one instance.

The Patriots loaded up on veteran receivers this offseason, acquiring Brandon Lloyd and Donte Stallworth after re-signing Deion Branch and franchise-tagging Wes Welker. They also signed Anthony Gonzalez but released him a couple months later.

Ochocinco would've been battling for a roster spot in camp, so maybe it's better he just starts from scratch.

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