Multiple media reports suggested that he had reported to Gillette Stadium this morning, but left soon thereafter. That, in turn, led to speculation in media circles that he was being shown the door. ESPN’s Adam Schefter, late in the afternoon, reported that Ochocinco merely had an eye doctor’s appointment, only to reverse himself a short time later and say that the team tried to trade the receiver all day. When no takers were found, the club decided to release him.
At 5 p.m., the organization’s front office made it official, announcing Ochocinco’s release. Prior to today’s session, the club also the signing of veteran tight end
Scaife’s signing was significant news, as the Patriots are dangerously thin at the moment at the tight end position. Starter
Meanwhile, for the first time this spring, we saw guard
After the workout, several players stopped for brief chats with the media, including running back
“It was a decision that the Navy made, and I went back and I did my job and I served my country. They asked me something and I did it,” Kettani stated matter-of-factly. “It was an order.”
However, he knew he wanted to return to Foxborough, and the Patriots wanted him here. So much so that head coach Bill Belichick helped Kettani by petitioning the Navy to allow that to happen. According to recent media reports, Belichick had to convince the Navy that Kettani had a fighting chance to make a career out of pro football.
Kettani wouldn’t discuss the specifics of Belichick’s involvement, but did talk about being torn between two loves during his time away from football. He said he went to Annapolis because he wanted to serve his country, but by his junior year, he realized he might be an NFL prospect. While on active duty last year, he did his best to stay in football shape if the opportunity to come back to Foxborough arose.
When he got the call saying he’d be allowed to suit up for the Patriots again, he couldn’t contain his excitement.
"It was kind of tough. When you’re full-time in the military,” he explained, “you don’t have time to pick up a playbook and study it as much as I would like to. It’s a full-time job when you’re in the Navy, working 20 hour days."
Kettani also joked about not having any “
“And if I missed [the ball], it would go overboard,” he laughed.
“I’ve always had hope [of returning to the NFL]," he added. "Things have happened to me for a reason, like anybody else in life. I wake up every day blessed. I’m excited. I’m blessed to be here and I thank the Navy for giving me the opportunity.”