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Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 06/07/2012

Chad Ochocinco to be released by Patriots


Chad Ochocinco (right) and Tom Brady worked to get in sync last summer. (Brian Snyder / Reuters)

The New England Patriots will release wide receiver Chad Ochocinco after spending most of the day trying to trade him.

There had been rumblings and speculation out of New England after Ochocinco, 34, showed up for an organized team activity, then quickly left the building. The Patriots were removed from his Twitter bio, restored and removed again. Ochocinco said he had an appointment with an eye doctor.

Later, he tweeted: “Thoroughly enjoyed the oppurtunity to play for the ‘Patriot’ organization... fans were [expletive] wicked awesome, I wish all of you the best...”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported late this afternoon that the erstwhile wide receiver/soccer player/rodeo bull rider/designer/OCNN mogul who was traded to the Patriots last July, would be released. The report was confirmed by the NFL Network’s Albert Breer.

Ochocinco, who spent 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals before joining the Patriots, had issues in New England, but not because of a lack of ability. He struggled with the playbook and was never in sync with quarterback Tom Brady. He caught only 15 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown. With the team going into OTAs with depth at the position, it became clear that Ochocinco would be released at some point.

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