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MIAMI (AP) – Out of work and not ready to retire, Chad Ochocinco found a job back in his hometown.
The former Pro Bowl receiver signed with the Miami Dolphins on Monday, four days after being released by the New England Patriots.
The signing came after Ochocinco had a tryout with the Dolphins, who are thin at the position and dropping a lot of passes in offseason drills. He’s likely to join the team for this week’s OTAs, which continue through Wednesday.
“Congrats to Chad,” tweeted his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. “It’s nice to come home.”
The 34-year-old Ochocinco, a Miami native, made the Pro Bowl six times, most recently in 2009. He had only a minor role in his lone season with the Patriots, catching 15 passes for 276 yards.
The Dolphins traded Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears in March for two third-round draft picks, and didn’t draft a receiver until the sixth round. Following a practice Monday, coach Joe Philbin conceded there has been room for improvement in the pass-catching during offseason workouts.