Chad Johnson’s contract with the Miami Dolphins was terminated around 24 hours following his arrest in a domestic battery case involving his wife, Evelyn Lozada.
Johnson was released from jail on $2,500 bond on Sunday, and was charged with a misdemeanor for domestic battery after Lozada accused him of head-butting her during an argument in front of their home.
Following Sunday’s practice, Miami head coach Joe Philbin cut Johnson just five days after saying Johsnon’s spot on the roster was in jeopardy if he didn’t hold himself to a higher standard and cut out the outlandish behavior.
So Johnson’s time in Miami was short-lived, and his future in the NFL is in doubt. On the field, Johnson was already coming off a season where he posted career lows with the New England Patriots. The Dolphins were probably the only team interested in Johnson after he was cut by the Pats.
He’s 34 years-old, he’s been cut twice in the last 6 months, and his production between the lines has significantly diminished. Let’s not forget he now has an ongoing legal situation to deal with. It would be highly unlikely for a team to pick up Chad any time soon. Maybe if a team becomes desperate later on this season and needs some help at the wide receiver position, we could possibly see him in a NFL uniform once again.
It will be extremely difficult for Chad Johnson to salvage his career, and come back to play this season. Teams were willing to deal with the drama and personality that came with receiver formally known as Ochocinco once upon a time. Now, that the production isn’t there, it will be harder to convince teams he’s worth the distraction.