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Chad Ochocinco eyes Dolphins as potential landing spot

Chad Ochocinco is waiting for his phone to ring. (Elise Amendola/AP)

( UPDATE 2:30 : Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin confirmed that Chad Ochocinco already worked out for the team but did not give any indication as to whether they would sign him. “We’re doing our homework,” Philbin told the Palm Beach Post.)

By drafting Ryan Tannehill, the Miami Dolphins planted their flag on a quarterback they hope will finally provide stability at a perpetually unstable position for them.

The next task: put a few playmakers around him.

Whether Chad Ochocinco still qualifies as a “playmaker” in the twilight of his career is up for debate, but with HBO’s “Hard Knocks” coming to town, he could provide a few fun soundbites at the very least.

According to a Miami Herald report, Ochocinco — who was released by New England last week — believes the Dolphins will bring him in for a workout in the coming days. The 34-year-old receiver told friends he would like to sign with Miami and that he thinks the Dolphins have “genuine interest” in him, a source close to Ochocinco told the Herald.

Fresh off a dismal season in New England in which he managed a career-low 15 receptions for 276 yards and a single touchdown, Ochcocinco could provide a veteran presence in a young, unproven receiving corps.

Rookie QB Ryan Tannehill could use a few more weapons in his unproven receiving corps. (Tomas Ovalle/AP IMAGES FOR NFLPA)

Ochocinco is two years removed from a 69-catch, 1,166-yard, five-touchdown season with the Bengals. Before last season, he had strung together six consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. For his career, Ochocinco has seven 1,000-yard seasons — which is seven more than the players listed above combined.

A recent survey by analyst Daniel Jeremiah found that league executives were all over the map on Ochocinco with some believing he’s done and others confident he can still help a team.

Would this move make sense for Miami or would Ochocinco’s antics only serve as a distraction for a young team trying to rebuild?

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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