Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson is unemployed just one day after being arrested and charged with domestic battery after allegedly head-butting his wife of one month, Evelyn Lozada.
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The Miami Dolphins were reportedly the only team interested in Johnson after two less-than-stallar seasons of career lows in touchdowns, receptions and yardage. And, even then, head coach Joe Philbin wasn’t impressed with what he initially saw from Johnson during training camp, according to ESPN.
Though many feel that this weekend’s arrest was a scapegoat to get rid of Johnson, Philin says other factors came into play.
“Again, it was more a body of evidence from June 11 forward. When he came in on June 11, we sat down and we talked and I was very clear as to the expectations of the program. It just didn’t work out,” he said. “It’s more about the fit; in my gut I didn’t think the fit was going to be beneficial to either party moving forward, whether in the short term or the long term. That’s really what it was all about. It wasn’t about one specific thing; it just wasn’t going to work.”
ESPN NFL analyst Adam Schefter said that Johnson’s release from the Dolphins has essentially made him retroactive to other teams in the league. During an on-air segment of “Sports Center,” Schefter said one NFL executive source told him that Johnson is done and will not play another down of football.