Could Batman and Robin be out of working, looking to land a job in the NFL in 2012 very soon? Terrell Owens has suffered a chaotic offseason this year and now it appears as if Chad Ochocinco could be parting ways with the New England Patriots. Ochocinco showed at Gillette Stadium this morning but left the facility prior to the start of the Patriots OTA.
According to WEEI, the reciever removed any reference to the Patriots on his Twitter account, however, added the information back later this afternoon. Ochocinco had agreed to a reduced salary in order to remain with New England in 2012, lowering his salary from $3 million to just $1 million. Even though he has reduced his salary, does not guarantee Ochocinco a roster spot in early September.
Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting this afternoon that Ochocinco left the team’s facility in order to attend a eye doctor appointment, so he was not released by the Patriots. Yet.
Ochocinco was a model citizen for the Patriots last season, not becoming a distraction on or off the field. However, New England is stacked at the receiver position and with the team figuring to carry up to seven receivers, he could win up on the outside looking in. New England currently has 11 receivers on their expanded offseason roster. The competition to make the roster will be fierce.
You have to think right off the top, after glancing at the Patriots current roster, six players are a lock to make the team, and Ochocinco is not one of them. Wes Welker, Jabbar Gaffney, Julian Edleman, Deion Branch and Brandon Lloyd should be already penciled in to the Patriots final 53-man roster. Does New England ride with six or seven receivers is the serious question.
Ochocinco made little impact on the Patriots roster last season, logging just 15 receptions and one touchdown. Several reports suggest that he is still struggling to learn the Patriots play book. Despite his move to lower his salary, Ochocinco might find himself as the odd man out when the music stops at the end of preseason and the final 53-man roster is finalized.