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Chad Johnson released by Patriots; offered $69,000 to change name by porn website

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The Ocho experiment is over in New England. (Getty Images)

Here's a little quiz for you. If we told you that an NFL player received an offer for $69,000 to change his name by a porn website on the same day that his team released him, would you guess that the player in question was anybody but Chad Johnson?

As he's always shown, the former Chad Ochocinco has always danced to the beat of a VERY different drummer. On Thursday, however, the New England Patriots tired of that tune,  releasing the veteran receiver in a move that was pretty well expected. Traded from the Cincinnati Bengals in July of 2011, Chad didn't light it up as expected -- he caught just 15 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown in one of the NFL's most prolific offenses. More disturbingly, he was a complete non-factor in the Patriots' Super Bowl XLVI loss to the New York Giants, catching just one pass on one target in the 21-17 loss. Because the Pats had no real deep threat, the Giants were able to cheat their safeties close all through the game.

When the Pats acquired free-agent receiver Brandon Lloyd in March, it was thought to be the first step in Ocho's departure. Rumor had it that Chad never picked up the Patriots' offense, and if that doesn't happen, Tom Brady will not be throwing you the ball under any circumstances. So, for the first time in his career, Chad's on the open market.

But as they say, when one door closes, another one opens. Just as Chad was packing up his gear in Foxboro, he apparently received the following communiqué:

June 6, 2012

Dear Mr. Ochocinco,

I hope this letter finds you well. Our company, Pornhub.com, (the premier destination for online adult entertainment) would like to offer you an opportunity to solidify your support for the work we do here. Given your continued endorsement of our brand on your widely followed Twitter account, we feel it would only be appropriate to ask you, in the spirit of fun, to take your fandom for us to the next level.

In short, we would like to extend a proposal for you to legally change your name to Chad Seisnueve on the day of June 9, 2012 for the subsequent 24 hours. As proof, all we require from you is a twitpic of the approved name change registration form accompanied by a @Pornhub hashtag mention. We believe that this partnership can be beneficial to both parties.

In return for your cooperation and willingness, we will compensate you $69,000.

We truly appreciate your consideration of our offer and look forward to the possibility of working together soon. Meanwhile, please feel free to continue enjoying the fruits of our labor at Pornhub.com.

No word yet on whether the offer has been accepted, but as the authors of the offer letter well know, the need for disposable income can get people doing some very strange things...

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