There is plenty of speculation running around the internet today that the Miami Dolphins could be in the market for wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, whom the New England Patriots released yesterday. Experts and fans alike are looking at the current Miami receiving corps, coming to the conclusion that a player like Ochocinco could add talent to a lackluster group. But, would he fit in with the Dolphins, the team that traded away Pro Bowl MVP Brandon Marshall because of his off-the-field issues.
Basically, the Dolphins interest in Ochocinco simply comes down to one thing: What do the coaching staff think of the receivers they have? So far, the team has seemed comfortable with Brian Hartline, Davone Bess, Legedu Naanee, Clyde Gates, Roberto Wallace, Marlon Moore, Julius Pruitt, B.J. Cunningham, Rishard Matthews, and Jeff Fuller. But, with general manager Jeff Ireland's propensity to turn over every rock, looking for that special acorn to plug in to the team, Ochocinco could be an interesting move for the Dolphins.
The Dolphins are also dealing with an unknown leg injury to Hartline, which has kept him out of practice the last few workouts. Could that injury lead to the Dolphins at least kicking the tires on the man once known as Chad Johnson?
The funny thing about this is, if the Dolphins were to go after Ochocinco (and I would not be surprised if the team at least held a workout with him), I would want the outspoke, boisterous Ochocinco from the Cincinnati Bengals, not the one who behanved himself in New England. The Patriots' version of Ochocinco did not work, because he did not play with the passion and emotion he used in Cincinnati. Now, part of that could be he has gotten older and lost a step, or two....or three. But, if he can come in to a workout and show he still has some talent available, he could be an interesting signing for the Dolphins.
I'm kind of torn on this idea. Part of me thinks "Hell no," when I imagine the idea of Ochocinco on the sidelines for the Dolphins. But then again, what could it really hurt to sign him for training camp, and see if he can make the team. Maybe there is something there. Maybe not.
Either way, you won't know unless you turn over the rock and look for the acorn.
Maybe the Dolphins should consider it.