Patriots Release Ochocinco After One Season
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots announced Thursday they have cut veteran wide receiver Chad Ochocinco.
The former Bengals star struggled to become a productive piece of the Patriots' potent offense during his single season in Foxborough.
According to ESPN, the Patriots attempted to work out a trade for the 34-year-old veteran but opted to cut ties after failing to find a suitable deal.
The colorful wideout, who
boasts nearly 3.5 million followers on Twitter, addressed Patriots fans on the social networking site Thursday in typical Ochocinco fashion.
"Thoroughly enjoyed the oppurtunity to play for the "Patriot" organization... fans were f*cking wicked awesome, I wish all of you the best..."
Ochocinco's fiancee, "Basketball Wives" star Evelyn Lozada, tried to make light of the situation on Twitter, writing, "Aww baby you got cut @ochocinco I got your back! I'm the bread winner now, which means I make the rules! #Boom"
The 2011 campaign saw career lows for the six-time Pro Bowler, with just 15 receptions for 276 yards and one touchdown.
In 10 seasons with Cincinnati, Ochocinco amassed a franchise record 10,783 receiving yards. He also leads the Bengals organization in career receptions and touchdowns.
New England sent a fifth-round pick in 2012 and sixth-round pick in 2013 to Cincinnati to acquire Ochocinco last July.