The New England Patriots released receiver Chad Ochocinco after one season and signed tight end Bo Scaife.
The 34-year-old Ochocinco caught one pass in the Patriots’ 21-17 loss to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5. Ochocinco spent 10 National Football League seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals after joining them as a second-round pick in the 2001 draft.
Six-time Pro Bowl selection Ochocinco became the first player in NFL history to lead his conference in receiving yards in four straight seasons, from 2003 to 2006.
Ochocinco had 751 receptions for 10,783 yards and 66 touchdowns in 151 games with the Bengals, and 15 catches for 276 yards and one touchdown in 15 regular-season appearances with the Patriots.
He was scheduled to earn $925,000 in salary in 2012, according to the NFL Players Association.
Scaife, 31, joins a tight-end lineup led by Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, and will compete with Daniel Fells for the No. 3 spot, according to NFL.com.
The team doesn’t disclose financial terms and a call to Scaife’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, wasn’t returned.
A sixth-round draft pick out of the University of Texas in 2005, Scaife spent six seasons with the Tennessee Titans. His most productive year was 2008, when he caught 58 passes for 561 yards and two touchdowns. The Titans placed the franchise tag on him the following season.
The 6-foot-3, 249-pound Scaife caught 36 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns in 2010 and was allowed to enter free agency. He injured his neck during preseason and was placed on injured reserve after signing a one-year, $1 million contract with the Bengals in 2011.
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