The New England Patriots have decided to release wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, who also said the Patriots tried to trade Ochocinco on Thursday before releasing him.
Ochocinco made headlines on Thursday morning when he arrived to the Patriots complex for offseason training activities only to leave the complex shortly after that. Adding to the speculation was that he edited his affiliation with the Patriots out of his Twitter bio, but later put it back.
Ochocinco was basically a non-factor for the Patriots last year and he got paid a lot of money. The Pats brought him back earlier this offseason, but on a restructured (read: smaller) contract where he was reportedly due just $1 million.
The Boston Globe reported earlier on Thursday that Ochocinco still has it physically, but he's had trouble learning the Patriots' playbook.
That the Patriots were unable to trade him for anything isn't a surprise considering he's 34 years old and is coming off a season in which he had just 15 catches.