Sep 1, 2011; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco (85) jogs at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Chad Ochocinco confirms release from the New England Patriots


Wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has confirmed through his personal twitter account that he has been released by the New England Patriots after only one season.

ESPN analyst Adam Schefter originally reported Ochocinco had been cut earlier this afternoon through his own twitter account.

But several other conflicting reports surfaced that Ochocinco was still with the team, leading Schefter to withdrawal his original statement.

However Chad has eliminated all doubts about his release after taking to to own twitter account with news of his departure from the team.

Thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to play for the “Patriot” organization… fans were fucking wicked awesome, I wish all of you the best… — Chad Ochocinco via Twitter account.

Chad posted career lows in virtually every category with the Patriots last season.

He caught only 15 passes for  276 yards and one touchdown as he struggled to learn New England’s complicated offense.

New England added two wide receivers in free agency this year, bringing in Brandon Lloyd and Jabar Gaffney, which may have contributed to the decision to release Chad.

Last month Ochocinco agreed to re-structure his contract to remain with team, decreasing his guaranteed salary from $3-million to $1-million per season.

There were also reports that the Patriots tried to shop him, but failed to materialize a trade with any team.

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