Rumors swirled the Twitterverse this morning about Chad Ochocino's lack of presence at the New England Patriots' final OTA. Then came tweets mentioning the veteran wide receiver showed up to grounds, but quickly exited to attend an eye doctor appointment.
Not too long after, ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news: "After unsuccessfully trying to trade WR Chad Ochocinco throughout the day Thursday, the Patriots are releasing him, per league source," he tweeted.
Schefter continued to say No. 85 wasn't subjected to waivers and became a free agent.
Ochocinco, who has since changed his Twitter bio to "unemployed," tweeted nothing but love for his former franchise and its fans.
"Thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to play for the "Patriot" organization… fans were f******* wicked awesome, I wish all of you the best…"
The wide receiver recorded just 15 receptions for 276 yards in the 2011 regular season and added another in the postseason. He caught just one touchdown in his short term with the Patriots.
New England also released DL Markell Carter, TE Nick Melillo and OL Jon Opperud, while signing TE Bo Scaife, reported Patriots.com.
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