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Ochocinco hints he’s heading to the Patriots

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Albert Haynesworth may not be the only new arrival in New England this week.

Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco is dropping hints that he’ll be a Patriot.  And he’s dropping the hints in a most unusual way.

James Shively (@JC_Shively) of Cincinnati has a Twitter page.  Earlier today, he complained about persistent rumors and reports that Ochocinco will be cut.

Wrote Shively:  “So much 4 @ochocinco getting cut by the #Bengals… Media dont know squat.  Always tryin 2 stir drama up.”

Shively received a “direct message” from Ochocinco.  Said Ochocinco:  “Media knows nothing but I’m going to enjoy clam chowder.”  (We’ve seen the screen shot of the message.)

For those of you who are still using far lamer social media like Facebook and MySpace, a “direct message” is a device for sending a message to only one follower.  Ochocinco would have known about Shively’s comment because users can see at any time a list of all tweets in which their Twitter name (in this case, @ochocinco) is mentioned.

For example, Ochocinco doesn’t follow the PFT Twitter page, but he routinely reacts to tweets in which we mention him, often with a threat to “whoop [my] ass.”

We don’t put any more stock in this one than we do in the fact that, on Wednesday, someone with the Eagles listed “Rodgers-Cromartie” among the various players whose jersey could be ordered via the online store.

Then again, Rodgers-Cromartie is now an Eagle.

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78 Responses to “Ochocinco hints he’s heading to the Patriots”
  1. crackbubba says: Jul 28, 2011 4:16 PM

    The Pats needed someone that could make it past the potential Revis/Asomugha wall…. oh wait a second…

  2. brianfromthecape says: Jul 28, 2011 4:17 PM

    85 can go to the Patriots — he hardly upgrades their offense anyway.

  3. daburgher says: Jul 28, 2011 4:18 PM

    thanks for explaining “direct message” not sure what we would have done w/o that clarification.

  4. bobwsc says: Jul 28, 2011 4:18 PM

    number 85 is taken in New England. if Aaron Hernandez won’t give it up (should Chad actually end up in NE), and Ochocinco ends up with say, number 81, is another name change coming?

  5. cleverbob says: Jul 28, 2011 4:19 PM

    His message doesn’t prove anything, there’s also Rhode Island or Manhattan clam chowder. Oh wait, neither of those locations have football teams…

  6. homelanddefense says: Jul 28, 2011 4:19 PM

    I would LOVE to see this happen

  7. offsideburns says: Jul 28, 2011 4:20 PM

    “hey Bill, me and Albert dont really need the practice, is that coo?”

  8. bakler5 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:20 PM

    Look at his twitter feed yesterday. Tons of mentions about Eagles, birds etc. Dude just knows how to play people.

  9. tdk24 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:20 PM

    I’m not going to New England, but i eat clam chowder all the time.

  10. champgiff says: Jul 28, 2011 4:21 PM

    Ocho couldn’t whoop his own ass if someone paid him $10 million to do so.

  11. raidingtexas says: Jul 28, 2011 4:21 PM

    For the record, there’s also a Manhattan-style clam chowder.

  12. jpmelon says: Jul 28, 2011 4:22 PM

    He didn’t specify the “red” or the “white” clam chowder….so he could mean the Pats, the Giants, or the Jets.

  13. ingloriousmaster says: Jul 28, 2011 4:22 PM

    Ochocinco will be a superstar once again in Boston (NE). If true, his jersey will be in the top 3 for sales.

  14. axespray says: Jul 28, 2011 4:22 PM

    Ochocinco works for the Illuminati!

    trust me, mendenhall told me….

  15. pacificamjr says: Jul 28, 2011 4:22 PM

    14-2

  16. homelanddefense says: Jul 28, 2011 4:23 PM

    or and just to be accurate, there is New England Clam Chowder (white), but there is also Manhattan Clam Chowder (red)…..

  17. waldoampere says: Jul 28, 2011 4:23 PM

    I’m sure that all of his tweeting will go down extremely well with his potential new HC. After all, we all know how BB likes his players to be out going and candid.

  18. polegojim says: Jul 28, 2011 4:23 PM

    Wow – well… maybe if he’ll shut his mouth, I’ll grow to be happy about this.

    Randy Moss played it cool. Does Chad have the balls to do the same, or will his yap keep flapping.

    Don’t get me wrong – talented receiver, awesome athlete, and fun to WATCH…
    I just HATE listening to him.

    Go PATS – I’ll give it my best shot.

  19. danetow says: Jul 28, 2011 4:23 PM

    No that Pats just need Mark Sanchez to do what he always does….suck

  20. toomburger says: Jul 28, 2011 4:24 PM

    Things do not look well for Cinci. Maybe Palmer can go be Ochocinco’s water boy.

  21. trbowman says: Jul 28, 2011 4:25 PM

    I just don’t see a fit. Belichick benches Wes Welker for making subtle references about Rex Ryan and feet.

    How is a guy who likes to talk as much as Chad going to co-exist with Bill?

  22. rickthefactor says: Jul 28, 2011 4:25 PM

    I think they have clam chowder in san francisco. Ocho and crabtree?

  23. Kaz says: Jul 28, 2011 4:25 PM

    I must have missed the Hint…

  24. chadmurdigan says: Jul 28, 2011 4:25 PM

    Child, please!

  25. brianforster says: Jul 28, 2011 4:26 PM

    uh facebook and myspace have direct messages…

  26. rajbais says: Jul 28, 2011 4:27 PM

    He’s not going there!!!!!

    Remember when Corey Dillon got traded to New England????

    What happened??? … He won a Super Bowl!!!!! Why repeat that crap all over again!!!!

  27. spungy says: Jul 28, 2011 4:27 PM

    Do the Patriots have anyone that can smack him in the huddle if he starts whining again?

  28. stampnhawk says: Jul 28, 2011 4:27 PM

    Maybe he’s busy eating lunch at a Popeye’s?

    Or, *shudder* Seattle has decent clam chowder too…

  29. june20102002 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:27 PM

    Okay … last time I looked, Johnson got shut out twice by Revis and still hasn’t changed his name to Johnson, The Pats need someone to stretch the field … Johnson is not the answer

  30. steelerssmack4u says: Jul 28, 2011 4:28 PM

    Chad Johnson is the most over rated, self promoting recievers ALL TIME! I’m sorry your leaving the AFC Central Division.

  31. hooray4boobies says: Jul 28, 2011 4:28 PM

    they have clam chowder in New York too. Just sayin

  32. londonbengal says: Jul 28, 2011 4:28 PM

    Chad Johnson=great reciever
    Chad Ochocinco=waste of space

    Who’s wearing #85 up in Foxboro’ these days ?

  33. brohamma says: Jul 28, 2011 4:30 PM

    If New England can land Ochocinco for peanuts, like they did with Haynesworth.. oh hell yea!!

  34. newagerocker says: Jul 28, 2011 4:31 PM

    Maybe he’s joining the CFL. They have clam chowder in Canada too.

  35. supashug says: Jul 28, 2011 4:31 PM

    whats Facebook, is it like myspace

  36. stevincinci says: Jul 28, 2011 4:33 PM

    If he stays a Bengal he will not like the fact that AJ Green is going to be the new #1 receiver. Bengals would be fine with or without him. Green, Shipley, Simpson, and Gresham will be plenty of receivers for Dalton to throw to. Now, focus on getting a running back pronto.

  37. orakpownd says: Jul 28, 2011 4:33 PM

    I prefer manhattan style chowder…

  38. hobartbaker says: Jul 28, 2011 4:33 PM

    Either the Pats or he’s going to training camp with the Boston Bruins in a few weeks.

  39. merc13 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:35 PM

    This just means revis will own him twice a year now

  40. brohamma says: Jul 28, 2011 4:37 PM

    Perhaps the New England Revolution?

  41. jimmysee says: Jul 28, 2011 4:39 PM

    If it’s a trade, Belicheck will give up a conditional 7th round pick in 2024.

  42. supergrover2pt0 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:40 PM

    maybe he meant he is signing with the “new england revolution”?

  43. andyreidisfat says: Jul 28, 2011 4:41 PM

    I gotta say i think Ocho fits in well in NE. Remember Ocho is not a “bad” guy hes a crazy personality. There is a big difference between him and T.O. and Moss.

    I think he could have a huge season with a good QB he has one since before Carson hurt the knee in that playoff game( had that knee injury not happened i swear Palmer would have been an all time great )

    Oh to the person who asked “what if Arron Hernandez doesn’t want to give up his number” While he looks to be a really good player and i still wish my birds would have drafted him like i wanted them to he’s still a 2nd year tight end and Ocho is a boarderline HOFer in his own mind at least. Ocho gets the number

  44. phinheads says: Jul 28, 2011 4:43 PM

    he and albert would almost guarantee disruption in the locker room.

  45. mr4thand1 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:46 PM

    “Mmmmmmmmmm, Clam Chowder.”
    (Done in Homer Simpson voice………and drooling)

  46. heyitsmejosh says: Jul 28, 2011 4:47 PM

    its a known fact that bill and chad are actually good friends so i can see why this move might work out

  47. whodeyx says: Jul 28, 2011 4:48 PM

    steelerssmack4u says: Jul 28, 2011 4:28 PM

    Chad Johnson is the most over rated, self promoting recievers ALL TIME! I’m sorry your leaving the AFC Central Division.

    ——————————-

    I knew Steelers fans were retarded, but you may have hit an all-time low for your fanbase. AFC Central? Really? I’m glad that you are such a moron you don’t even know what division your team plays in. Kudos

  48. oruacat2 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:51 PM

    I’ll help him pack, and I’m sure we can find plenty of other Bengal fans willing to pitch-in and help.

  49. robsterny says: Jul 28, 2011 4:51 PM

    Firsh Haynesworth,now Ochosinkhole..LOL..Maybe you should bring on Dr. Phil too….You may need him with these to wack-jobs!!..LOL

  50. abp3377 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:53 PM

    i seriously want this to happen. he’s exactly what the patriots need….

    i’m taking the over on how many more horrible, not funny, and over used chowder references there will be on this post.

  51. daburgher says: Jul 28, 2011 4:54 PM

    Patriots haven’t won a SB since they quit cheating

  52. dspohn55 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:59 PM

    This loud mouth will go down as one of the most overrated players in NFL history.

  53. drunkendegenerate says: Jul 28, 2011 4:59 PM

    Washed. Up.

  54. bossisforboston says: Jul 28, 2011 5:00 PM

    I’ve been visiting this site for more than 5 years… This post made me sign up to comment.

    This is not happening..

    and “For those of you who are still using far lamer social media like Facebook and MySpace,” http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pro-Football-Talk/368226559839 = hypocrites.

  55. oxcitybombers says: Jul 28, 2011 5:00 PM

    I would believe it more had he said “chowdah”.

  56. lowleadman says: Jul 28, 2011 5:03 PM

    I don’t like this at all. Ocho is a me-me guy. While Billy has all Pats drink the koolaid, it will take a lot more for Chad the mouth to conform to being a team player and not obsessed with himself. I don’t see the fit at all. Doesn’t mean it won’t happen though. Just don’t see the fit.
    Getting beyond that, I don’t even see how he could help this team. He is regressing as a wideout. The Pats would be better off signing Randy Moss who at least knows the system, but that wouldn’t be my first choice either.

  57. puhleezho says: Jul 28, 2011 5:06 PM

    brother just likes clam chowder, damn.

  58. sassycat11teen says: Jul 28, 2011 5:08 PM

    think the pats will sign a name. who would be better in NE, Braylon or 85?

  59. pioniere says: Jul 28, 2011 5:09 PM

    I wish this self-aggrandizing loudmouth would just go away. Its pretty much certain that the team signing him won’t be winning a Super Bowl while he is there.

  60. pacash80 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:09 PM

    Why can’t this guy just go away?

  61. TurdSandwich says: Jul 28, 2011 5:09 PM

    Funny how fans of a player’s new team automatically think all the BS baggage they carry will be left at the door. Enjoy the drama in NE. Chad will be movin on again next year…

  62. jonkybon says: Jul 28, 2011 5:11 PM

    Its not like Ochocinco has ever had a decent game against Revis anyway.

    Haynesworth and Ocho could destroy the team first chemistry with the Sony Squad.

  63. justwinbaby29 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:14 PM

    Johnson also said the lockout was not close to ending on Sunday.

  64. expatpatfan says: Jul 28, 2011 5:15 PM

    Unless he comes for free, I’m not crazy about this. TO (who has his own baggage) was the much better receiver on Cinci last year, which should be a warning sign.

  65. thefiesty1 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:17 PM

    Who cares? Go to Mexico or change your name. Mike Brown is too stupid to trade him anyway.

  66. electstat says: Jul 28, 2011 5:23 PM

    danetow says:
    Jul 28, 2011 4:23 PM
    No that Pats just need Mark Sanchez to do what he always does….suck

    *****************************

    What is the Pats record against the Jets since Sanchez has been the starter?

  67. jnbnet says: Jul 28, 2011 5:26 PM

    bobwsc says:
    Jul 28, 2011 4:18 PM
    number 85 is taken in New England. if Aaron Hernandez won’t give it up (should Chad actually end up in NE), and Ochocinco ends up with say, number 81, is another name change coming?

    =================================
    He actualy wanted to change his name back…but it would have cost too much to bouy out all the ochocinco jerseys. If he changes teams…then he can change his name again with no ramifications.

  68. kpow55 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:30 PM

    Please NO, take a gamble on some lanky speedster FA not this has-been…

    The again watching him explain why, in his mind, he gets cut midway through the season will be entertaining.

  69. ampats says: Jul 28, 2011 5:40 PM

    Anyone who doesn’t understand the mutual respect between BB and Chad has never seen a Pats- bengals game up close. BB is always chatting with 85 before and during the game. Their relationship has even been documented before the last game on Sound FX.

    Love him or hate him, he has always been one of the top receivers in the game and to be on the receiving end from Brady this season could be something.

    Pats are grabbing playmakers. Haynesworth is capable of taking over a game on D ( see Tenn) if motivated. I’ll bet my house on Bill Belichick in this case.

  70. fox4bills says: Jul 28, 2011 5:41 PM

    there is a Manhattan chowder as well
    Jets perhaps?

  71. djrigg0616 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:45 PM

    As a Cincinnati native, and a lifelong Bengals fan (God help me), I think it’s a good idea for us to get rid of Ocho now, while we can still get something for him.

    The last thing a rookie QB needs is a loud-mouth, ball hungry WR. Our young WR’s are hungry and want to prove that they are ready for the NFL. THESE are the type of guys I want on my team.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved Chad since we drafted him in 2001. He’s been a star, an all-pro, and set many franchise receiving records while he’s been here. At this point, he deserves to have a chance at winning a Super Bowl. That chance aint going to happen here.

    Good luck, #85.

  72. Party Monster says: Jul 28, 2011 5:48 PM

    Its official per ESPN, hes a Patriot. The AFc East is on fire during this free agent frenzy

  73. hmfic1 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:50 PM

    It’s already being reported in Cincy that he was traded for draft pics

  74. wvugrad00 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:51 PM

    bossisforboston guess you have a new wideout you didnt expect

  75. msselina28 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:52 PM

    Just came on NFL network looks offical

  76. patswhatsup says: Jul 28, 2011 6:37 PM

    So who wins the fight between ocho and Aaron Hernandez? #85??

  77. trickbunny says: Jul 28, 2011 6:47 PM

    What single factor in going to the Patriots do you think Chad Ochocinco is happiest about?

    Finally getting to play for a legit SB contender? No.

    Having a QB who isn’t washed up? Nope, that ain’t it.

    Finally getting out of a uniform that looks like it was designed by the cast of “Glee”? Bingo!

  78. jjefferson13 says: Jul 28, 2011 7:09 PM

    Why am I not seeing this update on my Friendster account? WTF?!?

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