Sunday, March 25, 2012
File This Under Who Cares: Chad Johnson Will Apparently Be Back With The Pats in 2012
I hesitated to even bother writing a post about this-that's how irrelevant Chad Johnson has become-but I guess it is newsworthy.
Johnson (I refuse to call him Ochocinco) restructured his deal for the 2012 season from $3 million to $1 million so it looks like we're in for another year of his uselessness.
How much things can change in one season huh? Who wasn't excited when the Patriots picked him up last summer? To say he was insignificant in his first year with the Pats or a non-factor is being too kind. It was a nightmare. He only had 15 catches for 276 yards with one touchdown. Pathetic production from a guy that New England had coveted for years before he got here.
I'm shocked that Bill Belichick and the Patriots want to put up with another dose of him but I guess they think maybe with another offseason, mini camps and full training camp he'll be able to learn more than the one play he knew in 2011 (a go route).
It's too easy to pile on Johnson at this point, he's 34 so regardless if he learns the playbook better, it seems unlikely that he'll ever be very effective. I will give him credit for one thing: despite all his struggles, he never whined or complained. He seemed to be a good teammate which is probably a big part of the reason he got invited back.
Otherwise, the Patriots don't need him. He's going to be on another reality show on VH1 (about his upcoming wedding) and he lives on Twitter so where does football fit in his busy life? Everyone waited for his breakout game but it never came, by the end it was like a bad joke. Obviously, at this price he's not a risk but I'm ready to say goodbye to Chad Johnson if he's the same player he was last season.
UPDATE 3/26: The Patriots signed fullback Tony Fiammetta (who sounds like a plumber from Malden) and released fullback Lousaka Polite.