NFL wide-receiver Chad Ochocinco sent a tweet about his New England Patriots release after the team tried to trade him to any organization that would take him before he was cut from their roster.
Ochocinco had initially taken a pay cut last March to stay with the Patriots for another year of then than $1 million rather than the original $3 million he was supposed to make in 2012. He was paid $6 million for the 2011 season.
Prior to the 2011 season, the Patriots acquired Ochocinco from the Cicinnatti Bengals for a 5th and 6th round draft pick. Once he was in New England the 6-time Pro Bowler was not very relevant, having statistically his worst season ever, catching just 15 passes for 276 yards and 1 touchdown during the regular season.
He became even less of a factor when it came to the playoffs, he had no catches in the first game, was inactive for the AFC Championship game after attending his father’s funeral the day before, and after that only made one catch in the Super Bowl.
Subsequently, there were reports the team had grown tired of number 85’s lack of effort during recent training camps and not taking the time to learn the playbook.
When news first broke of him being released by the Patriots after he was seen leaving the facility prior to the team’s OTA’s being complete, he denied it by saying he had an eye doctor appointment.
However, later he tweeted a message acknowledging the release but did not have a feeling of sour grapes over it.
“Thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to play for the “Patriot” organization… fans were f—— wicked awesome, I wish all of you the best…,” Ochocinco wrote in the tweet.