In what should come as no surprise, the New England Patriots are set to release wide receiver Chad Ochocinco after failing to complete a trade with any interested teams. The Patriots acquired the wide receiver from the Cincinnati Bengals prior to last season for a late-round draft pick.
Honestly, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone considering Ochocinco struggled to fit into the Patriots’ offense the entire 2011 season after catching just 15 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown. When looking at the type of weapons on New England’s offense, there simply wasn’t enough room for a guy like Ochocinco and the team would have been wasting a roster spot if they kept him on board–so this was obviously the right move.
Of course, the main question that everybody wants to know now is whether or not Ochocinco will end up on a new team for the 2012 season. The wideout seemed to be on a decline from a production standpoint during his final season with the Bengals in 2010 and there’s always the risks of his off-the-field distractions that take his focus away from football–mainly pointless reality television shows.
If a player can’t produce big numbers with one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL like Tom Brady, it’s safe to say they’re no longer effective as a wide receiver–which appeared to be the case for Ochocinco the entire 2011 season.
Dan Parzych is the Director of Content for RantSports.com
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