Well that was fun while it latest. About 2 months after signing with the Dolphins, the Dolphins have cut Chad Johnson (previously Chad Ochocinco). Johnson was simultaneously competing for a starting job and on the roster bubble, after signing a non-guaranteed contract in June, before getting arrested for domestic abuse after head butting his wife yesterday.
The Dolphins wasted no time in handing him his release papers, cleaning out his locker less than 24 hours after the incident. Brian Hartline and Legedu Naanee look locked in as the starters at wide receiver in Miami, with Davone Bess in the slot. Roberto Wallace, who had a strong performance in the Dolphins’ 1st preseason game, catching 4 passes for 71 yards with the 2nd team, is also a name to watch on what is one of the least talented receiving corps in the league.
When Ochocinco was cut by the Patriots, and after the corresponding reports about why he was cut (his inability and borderline refusal to learn the Patriots’ complex playbook), I said that Ochocinco could easily be done at age 34 and that, while he may get signed, he was unlikely to make a 53 man roster. Getting cut by the team with arguably the worst receiving corps in the game definitely does not help. If he is, in fact, done, Ochocinco would retire with 766 catches for 11059 yards and 67 touchdowns in 12 seasons, 26th all-time in receiving yards.