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Ochocinco is headed to New England

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The long-simmering flirtation between Bill Belichick and Chad Ochocinco has finally been consummated.

Local 12 CBS in Cincinnati first reported that Ochocinco was traded to the Patriots.  Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer confirmed the news and added that Ochocinco has renegotiated his contract to a three-year deal.

The Patriots needed more speed outside, but there are serious questions whether Ochocinco still has that speed.  He gives them another player, not unlike Deion Branch, who relies more on craftiness and route running than gamebreaking ability at this stage in his career.

“God is so Good,” Ochocinco wrote on Twitter.

The move makes sense in isolation.  Since it comes on the same day as the reported Albert Haynesworth acquisition, it will raise questions in New England about whether Bill Belichick’s Patriots are becoming the new Isle of Misfit Toys.

Here’s how we think the Patriots would answer that criticism: They are just looking for value.  Haynesworth and Ochocinco are talented players coming at discounts, grateful for the chance to resurrect their careers.  They trust their locker room leadership and system enough to handle any off-field concerns.

If the new guys act up, they will be promptly dropped and the system moves on.  We don’t know if the plan will work, but that’s likely how the Patriots view things.

And to think Patriots fans complained just Wednesday how “boring” this free agent period was shaping up to be.

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168 Responses to “Ochocinco is headed to New England”
  1. ravenator says: Jul 28, 2011 5:52 PM

    Pats are making some great pickups this offseason. Kudos to their front office.

  2. trbowman says: Jul 28, 2011 5:52 PM

    This could get interesting……

  3. gooselife says: Jul 28, 2011 5:52 PM

    wow……didn’t see this coming.

  4. djrigg0616 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:52 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.

  5. wvugrad00 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:52 PM

    I guess Ochocinco was right with his direct tweet

  6. p4hbiz says: Jul 28, 2011 5:53 PM

    It’s Getting a little Crazy Now!! WOW!!!

  7. steel6times says: Jul 28, 2011 5:53 PM

    Do they have 6 SB victories though? Didn’t think so.

  8. onebadace says: Jul 28, 2011 5:53 PM

    Hahaha this is so awesome, and I’m not even a Patriots fan!

  9. Waxxx4321 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:53 PM

    Go Ocho..beats dancing to the stars eh….!! that man called it….sorry football fans..im a slight unhappy washington redskin fan….we dont have a QB i want vince young..wont happen i know….

  10. firerogergoodell says: Jul 28, 2011 5:53 PM

    I love breaking Patriots news to Colts fans here in Indianapolis. Their facial expressions are priceless.

  11. studio26seattle says: Jul 28, 2011 5:54 PM

    Cincinnati is jettisoning every bit of talent. They’ll be set back for many years now. Especially their offense.

  12. trentofgilead says: Jul 28, 2011 5:54 PM

    So Mike Brown will trade Ochocinco, but won’t even consider trading Carson Palmer? What a joke. Glad I’m not a Bengals fan.

  13. pacificamjr says: Jul 28, 2011 5:54 PM

    14-2

  14. mastermathias19 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:54 PM

    Why do these stupid GMs continue to do business with Belicheat?

  15. thetooloftools says: Jul 28, 2011 5:55 PM

    Wow… The Pats are really pulling some moves.
    Players smell “bling” with Bill Beli. no matter what you think of the guy.

  16. jayniner says: Jul 28, 2011 5:55 PM

    And the next headline will be: Carson Palmer “unretires” and shows up at Bengals facility like nothing ever happened…

  17. yankeesjetsknicksrangers says: Jul 28, 2011 5:55 PM

    First Fat Albert now Cinco De Mayo

    Genious!!!!

  18. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Jul 28, 2011 5:55 PM

    He better get there fast, gotta learn the Jets defensive playback.

  19. jh500 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:55 PM

    WHAT

  20. rodn3y1 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:55 PM

    damn it!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 28, 2011 5:55 PM

    Wow.

  22. jetsetfred says: Jul 28, 2011 5:56 PM

    OchoPatro!

  23. raidersmojo says: Jul 28, 2011 5:56 PM

    Can’t wait to see how this plays out.

  24. stillerfan82 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:56 PM

    Good to hear for a Steeler fan. A receiver for Brady that our defense always shuts down.

  25. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 28, 2011 5:56 PM

    Another good move by the Pats.

  26. cincinnasti says: Jul 28, 2011 5:56 PM

    Best wishes to Chad he made us relevant when we were not.

    He was entertaining, and genuinely cared about the fans. (to the point he bought up tickets on a couple of occasions to prevent a blackout) I always be a fan and he’ll always be apart of the Cincinnati Bengals in my mind.

  27. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Jul 28, 2011 5:56 PM

    He better get there fast, gotta learn the Jets defensive playbook.

  28. nabz034 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:56 PM

    I wouldnt even of traded my 1990 Shawn Kemp Skybox Rookie card for Kolb.

  29. ingloriousmaster says: Jul 28, 2011 5:56 PM

    As a Pats fan….I AM PUMPED FOR THIS SEASON!!!!!!

  30. stoicfan says: Jul 28, 2011 5:57 PM

    Haynesworth. Ochocinco.All they need now is Billy Bob Thornton and we’ll officially have the Bad News Pats.

  31. jaseguy30 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:57 PM

    Is Bill Belichick trying to punk America? This is unreal. He’s either insane or a genius.

  32. benh999 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:57 PM

    Does this mean we can look forward to another stupid mini-controversy over jersey numbers? Let’s see him and Hernandez in a PPV caged deathmatch to determine who gets 85. I’d pay the 59.95 to watch.

  33. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Jul 28, 2011 5:57 PM

    Let’s see: Haynesworth, Ochocinco who’s next Darth Vader? Wait a minute, Belichick IS Darth Vader. BB had to do something as the Patriots are the Boston team that hasn’t won a championship in the longest time. The pressure is on!

  34. dcbassguy says: Jul 28, 2011 5:58 PM

    Good for Ocho……. He’s got a year or 2 left in him.

  35. jesse1834 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:58 PM

    TO’s probably going there next.

  36. deconjonesbitchslap says: Jul 28, 2011 5:58 PM

    come on vikes, sign moss and TO. because!

  37. burgandyandgold says: Jul 28, 2011 5:58 PM

    Awesome.

  38. serifyn says: Jul 28, 2011 5:59 PM

    OH SNAP.

  39. stupidpplburnwell says: Jul 28, 2011 5:59 PM

    Ha sucks for him Revis is gonna own 85 twice a year now!

  40. flakazoid says: Jul 28, 2011 5:59 PM

    As a Steeler fan I cannot remember one single meaningful catch this yo-yo made against us in all the years we played. Not one.

    and if Belichik is such a genius at evaluating and drafting why does he have to keep bringing in retreads.

  41. clayton43 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:59 PM

    ahahahaha… good the Pats are going to get exactly what they deserve !! I was hoping this would happen, he will be a loud mouth cancer as he has been in Cincy and it couldnt happen to a nicer franchise !! Good luck with that Pats !!

  42. blchaney69 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:59 PM

    Belichick is one arrogant mofo.. to think he cant control ochocinco and albert Hey hey Haynesworth!! reallY? Good Luck with that.. they better win alot of games, cause if they lose a couple, these two will bemouthing off to the press!!

  43. chrisco05 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:00 PM

    CHILD PLEASE

  44. lsuknowit says: Jul 28, 2011 6:00 PM

    I’m gonna go ahead and ask what everyone wants to know — Does Aaron Hernandez change his number? Does Ochocinco change his name? Or, is Chad going to suffer from the irony of having two “numbers” on the back of his jersey?

  45. cusoman says: Jul 28, 2011 6:00 PM

    Implosion imminent. Not even the vaunted football demi-god BB can contain this amount of ego.

  46. nineroutsider says: Jul 28, 2011 6:00 PM

    8-5 now has fantasy relevance again. He plagued owners the last few years…

  47. philahitman says: Jul 28, 2011 6:00 PM

    They didnt need “speed”, they needed better wide receivers. They coulda signed a track star from boston college if all they needed was speed. they got a experienced veteran wide receiver.

    Im happy for Ocho, He paud his dues. 10 years and got to play in 1 playoff game.

  48. moneymike23 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:00 PM

    Wow

  49. dobreshunka says: Jul 28, 2011 6:01 PM

    Easily one of the most over-rated receivers in the NFL. Hand it to Big Rex, he’s got the Pats in full-blown panic mode.

  50. philahitman says: Jul 28, 2011 6:01 PM

    *paid his dues.

  51. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Jul 28, 2011 6:01 PM

    wow- billy bob is gonna have his hands full with fat alberta AND ochocinca! is he gonna have time to deal with the other 52 guys on the roster?

  52. meshnuts says: Jul 28, 2011 6:01 PM

    Finally, the carnival is over. Carsons been waiting on this for 3 years….. oh wait, too late.

  53. wizahdry says: Jul 28, 2011 6:02 PM

    So if I understand this Mr. Brown refuses to trade Palmer since he won’t report but he will trade Ochocinco who was going to report. Ocho was probably traded for a ham sammich (not sandwich two different things) but they won’t get rid of Palmer for a higher pick.

    This is why they are called the Bungles. Right now it is hitting Andy Dalton that he was drafted by the Bungles. Que the “really, really, really.”

  54. heyitsmejosh says: Jul 28, 2011 6:02 PM

    seems like a good move to me, Bill Bellichick and Ochocinco are really good friends

  55. georgeanderson2 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:02 PM

    Bill and Kraft just get it, that the NFL is about entertaining and winning. Their fans get every penny worths of what they spend in supporting their franchise.

  56. GIBoxer5 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:02 PM

    I know I speak for most bengals fans when I say THANK GOD!! BEST news I’ve heard in quite a while.

  57. ampats says: Jul 28, 2011 6:03 PM

    Pats get two playmakers in two trades today.

    Welcome to New England Chad.

  58. mc724 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:03 PM

    Good luck pats. I sense the end of you’re reign is near, with these type of team players coming on board.

  59. crysisorigins says: Jul 28, 2011 6:03 PM

    I think this is great news for CJ. It’s good that he’s going to NE but it’s great that he’s getting out of Cincinnati.

  60. brs027 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:03 PM

    This should be interesting….

  61. myspaceyourface says: Jul 28, 2011 6:03 PM

    Last time I checked the Patriots*** still have Tom Brady. . . I think Chad Johnson will be just fine.

  62. pnut87 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:03 PM

    Haha, maybe now he’ll actually win.

  63. pacificnw7722 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:05 PM

    Who doesn’t want off the Bungles?

    Congrats Chad.

  64. offsideburns says: Jul 28, 2011 6:05 PM

    and now Bill must wear another hat, tweeter censorer

  65. jaggedmark says: Jul 28, 2011 6:05 PM

    One thing about Chad, he doesn’t drop balls. And Brady is too accurate.

  66. pbolyard says: Jul 28, 2011 6:05 PM

    At least Ocho will give effort and create a nice target for Brady, unlike Moss would do last season.

  67. trimbe21 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:06 PM

    Ochocinco is to Pats 2011 as Moss is to Pats 2010. Sorry Pats fands but look for a bad ending.

  68. pacash80 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:06 PM

    Belichek and the Patriots are definitely not going to put up with the nonsense from Ochocinco and Haynesworth like the Bengals and Redskins did. I don’t think anyone needs me to tell them that.

  69. drago313 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:06 PM

    “The long-simmering flirtation between Bill Belichick and Chad Ochocinco has finally been consummated.”

    @Mike: You make it sound like they hooked up… which just typing made me throw up in my mouth

  70. readysethike says: Jul 28, 2011 6:06 PM

    OMG

  71. nbaraie says: Jul 28, 2011 6:06 PM

    FML

    Sincerely,
    A Bills fan

  72. jpb12 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:06 PM

    Gonna buy the 85 from Aaron and – Patriot Way (spellchecker) apply the Ochenta y Cinco

  73. thenyolive says: Jul 28, 2011 6:07 PM

    Still no number one receiver on that squad. Hopefully his skills haven’t diminished too much. No need for a second Deion. Unless one of them gets cut at the end of camp.

  74. mnviking says: Jul 28, 2011 6:07 PM

    Welcome to my Fantasy Team!

  75. djteknision1200 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:08 PM

    Chad will say or do something that will have him on the street by week 7. Bill don’t play all the talking BS. Chad better shut down that twitter account!!!!

  76. liquidpatriot says: Jul 28, 2011 6:08 PM

    P-A-T-S PATS PATS PATS!!!!

    Que The Haters…..

  77. bleedblue18 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:08 PM

    Bigger mouth than Adaluis Thomas and Randy Moss put together, can’t wait for this locker room cancer and Belicheat to go at it.

  78. flakazoid says: Jul 28, 2011 6:09 PM

    Playmaker? Ocho-stinko? Child please!

    All your gonna get is a bunch of 12 yard outs between the 30 yard lines…then nothing!

    Someone please refresh my memory–I just want to know one big catch [difficult & meaningful] that this clown has ever made.

  79. flash1283 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:09 PM

    This can only help, only a Patriots hater will try and spin this as a bad thing.

    He doesnt have to be the #1 rec, they avg 32 points a game with 2 rookie TE and no real # 3 rec.

  80. ryanmallettsbluntwrap says: Jul 28, 2011 6:09 PM

    Chad deserves to be on a contending team , can’t ask for a better person , the way he interacts with now just Bengals fans but all NFL fans , not as good as he use to be but he got picked up for real cheap as usual , low risk , high reward , Brady will be happy .

  81. waccoforflacco says: Jul 28, 2011 6:10 PM

    The latest is that PacMan Jones has just been traded to New England.

  82. mathsimillion says: Jul 28, 2011 6:10 PM

    So they trade the guy who has been the biggest headache for their franchise but refuse to “reward” the guy who has tried to make them respectable (although wasn’t successful at it)?

    What point is Mike Brown trying to make again?

  83. vikesfansteve says: Jul 28, 2011 6:10 PM

    Does Palmer unretire?

  84. plifer says: Jul 28, 2011 6:11 PM

    Chad and Al have had their share of issues, but they are joining a team that has a solid core, and a solid coaching staff, owner, etc. Plus they don’t put up with bull. Come to play, be a team player, or you are gone. If these 2 guys play to the their potential and stay clean, watch out AFC.

  85. nyjalleffingday says: Jul 28, 2011 6:11 PM

    Lmfao now Revis gets to shut his bumass down twice a year! I love the Pats trades so far hahahaha!

  86. Deb says: Jul 28, 2011 6:11 PM

    “The new Isle of Misfit Toys” … that’s good :)

    Any other coach and I’d suggest psychiatric intervention. But Belichick can work with almost anyone. His biggest challenge with Chad will be getting him to adhere to the rules about not feeding other teams bulletin-board material. Perhaps Welker can help with that.

    Chad has qualities that I dislike intensely, but he’s a good receiver. He’ll probably be so grateful to be with a legitimate contender that he’ll behave. And he can’t play the diva when he shares a locker room with the number one player in football. However it works out, I’m sure the Pats won’t suffer.

  87. bison4me says: Jul 28, 2011 6:12 PM

    I don’t necessarily see Ochocinco as a risk. For all of his off the field antics, you can’t knock the dude’s effort on the field.

  88. cubano76 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:13 PM

    @mathsimillion

    Very well said!

  89. mr4thand1 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:14 PM

    The Steelers will miss knockin’ Chad’s head off! Now if only Mike Brown can trade Carson Palmer…….but you know the old coot WON’T!

    GO STEELERS!!!!!!

  90. zackd2 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:14 PM

    Can’t wait for the media to fall back in love with Chad and Fat Albert now, going to be hilarious. Then when Chad sucks, they’ll turn on him again and praise BB when he cuts him next offseason.

    The Patriot Process:
    1. Play football
    2. Hurt image
    3. Get traded/sign with Pats
    4. Media loves you cause it’s a BB move
    5. Lose ability
    6. Get cut
    7. Media trashes you

  91. siouxyaya17 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:14 PM

    Looks like Ocho hit the lottery!

  92. quizguy66 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:15 PM

    NE is a good place for Ocho since Welker is there to go across the middle – something he’s been allergic to for the last 3 or 4 years.

    -QG

  93. CKL says: Jul 28, 2011 6:15 PM

    I preferred when the team was the “Island of Misfit Toys” because it took unheralded guys or guys who were considered washed up in FA and brought out their talent to the best i.e. Vrabel, Rodney Harrison, Gaffney, etc.
    Now my team is becoming the BAD “Island of Misfit Toys”…the ones that make the old Raiders of the 70′s say, DAYUM, they’ve got a bunch of freaks.

    One ring with Dillon, 0 with Moss. This pair of problem children they got today better help yield a SB this year. (Hell at this point I’d settle for 2 playoff wins in a year, it’s been awhile).

    And no I am not fairweather. I love my team and root for laundry regardless. But I don’t have to think all the players are the greatest things ever.

  94. jakek2 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:18 PM

    Bill just raised the Jets an Ocho Cinco. Rexy better pull a Nnamdi or they’re looking at another heartbreak

  95. revischrist says: Jul 28, 2011 6:19 PM

    Hasn’t had a catch vs. Revis in three games. So yeah whatever…

  96. Umar says: Jul 28, 2011 6:20 PM

    Whoa.

  97. tdk24 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:21 PM

    Bill is bettin the farm for 1 more SB before he retires.

  98. joker65 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:22 PM

    Ocho, Welker, Branch, Hendandez, Gronkowski….thats going to be tough for most defenses to match up with. Oh yeah, watch for that rookie rb from Cal too….the boys a bruiser. And Hayneworth and Wilfat in the middle? Hoooboy….go ahead haters, doubt the hoodie….at the end of the year the Pats will be close to, if not in, the Super Bowl.

  99. brohamma says: Jul 28, 2011 6:23 PM

    The best of all this is that the Patriots articles consistantly rake in mega comments. The haters are actually jealous, closet-fans.

    Welcome to New England Chad!

  100. andyreidisfat says: Jul 28, 2011 6:23 PM

    i gotta say if these moves work out and the Pats can get some better play at the CB position I am thinking we are going to have a superbowl rematch with either the pats playing the Packers or Eagles.

    Oh and i don’t care if the jets sign Nnamdi and the next ten best corners they will still struggle to score and their front 7 are getting old and can’t cover the tight end. In fact even if they get Nnamdi I still say the Pats are the favorites in my mind.

    Oh and to be honest I would rather have Ocho than Holmes. I am so tired of hearing about good a guy who had 700 yards and like 5 touchdowns last year. What a joke. Santino Holmes is by far the most overrated player this offseason. I’ll bet the house Ocho has a better year than Holmes does.

    Go Pats/Hoody
    Go Eagles

    Boston philly in the world series and super bowl this season.

  101. mayfieldroadboy says: Jul 28, 2011 6:24 PM

    The Pats got the “BigAss” and the “BigMouth”. Spells tons of trouble for most teams, but not for NE. The Pats have BB, who has an ego so huge it will silence both. The Pats are a team that just spins around the vortex of BB’s egoistic ingenuity.

  102. nyjetsmaniac says: Jul 28, 2011 6:25 PM

    Welcome to Revis Island twice a year OCHO-OVERATED ….HAHAHAHAHAHA

  103. jolink653 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:26 PM

    same as albert he mouths off he gets cut…chad still has the ability and he just wants to win more than anything and unlike cincinnati he won’t constantly be double-teamed in our offense since welker and branch can spread the field…he may have been a mouth in cincinnati but he was never a randy moss type malcontent he just wants to win exactly what we need

  104. zeussuperman says: Jul 28, 2011 6:28 PM

    I’m not reading the thread to see if someone else already said this, so…

    It’s a good thing Ochocinco has so much experience in and around the media. Belichik needs his players comfortable around cameras and other recording equipment.

    Heyo!

  105. edgarh21 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:30 PM

    No more scapegoats. No Chad no Carson… Will the real Marvin Lewis please stand up. And show the world how bad u are as a head coach.

  106. nuclearwarfare says: Jul 28, 2011 6:31 PM

    I love how everyone is completely backtracking on their opinions of Ocho and Albert. LOL

    Before this trade: “God, I hate Ocho. I wish he’d just go away forever!”

    Traded to NE: “I mean, I dislike some things he says and does, but, you know, he’s a good receiver.”

  107. flakazoid says: Jul 28, 2011 6:36 PM

    brohamma says:Jul 28, 2011 6:23 PM

    The best of all this is that the Patriots articles consistantly rake in mega comments. The haters are actually jealous, closet-fans.

    Welcome to New England Chad!

    ———————————————————-

    I’m not laughing at this because I hate the Patriots [which I do--I named my 2nd son after Bernard Pollard] I’m laughing at this because it’s hilarious. Can you see Chad clowning on the sideline at the same time Brady is having one of his pathetic, throw the gatorade cup really, really hard-hissy-fits?!?!

    God, I can’t wait!

  108. usmutts says: Jul 28, 2011 6:36 PM

    Both Ocho and Albert will play lights-out great this year. But just this year. Then they will revert to their true selves. Albert will once agains be fat, lazy and disgruntled. Ocho will once again be clownish on and off the field. Then Belichek will dump them. ( See Moss, Randy ) The Pats will get good performance at a reasonable price for a short time. That’s all they want.

  109. flakazoid says: Jul 28, 2011 6:38 PM

    All of you Pats fans out there who think this is a good idea . . . do you even remember how you won your three super bowls . . .

    Or were they too long ago . . .

  110. atwatercrushesokoye says: Jul 28, 2011 6:39 PM

    Wow if it were 5 years ago when these players (and the Patriots) were still in there prime, they’d be stacked! But it’s not so these moves will end up like a lot of the moves the Pats make with aging vets….so so!

  111. trickbunny says: Jul 28, 2011 6:42 PM

    GIBoxer5 says:
    Jul 28, 2011 6:02 PM

    I know I speak for most bengals fans when I say THANK GOD!! BEST news I’ve heard in quite a while.
    ———————————————–
    When one tries this hard to make it seem like he’s happy about a move, you can bet it means he’s dissapointed about the move.

  112. mistrezzrachael says: Jul 28, 2011 6:42 PM

    Gotta give Belichick credit…Dillon, Moss, & now Haynesworth and Chad..guy has platinum grapefruits.

    one thing to say Chad…Welcome to the NFL…after 10 years in minor leagues.

  113. jimmysee says: Jul 28, 2011 6:42 PM

    Who wears #85 in New England?

    Maybe the name has outlived its usefulness.

  114. green41563 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:43 PM

    ampats says: Jul 28, 2011 6:03 PM

    Pats get two former playmakers in two trades today.

    Welcome to New England Chad.

    __________________________________

    Fixed it for you.

  115. TheWizard says: Jul 28, 2011 6:43 PM

    “The new Isle of Misfit Toys” … that’s good :)

    Thought that was cool, too.

    Though today the line between joke/truth is blurry…

  116. cowboysfanx20 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:44 PM

    The pats front office best in football

  117. castleanthrax says: Jul 28, 2011 6:44 PM

    Actually not a surprise. There have been vibes about this for over a year now.

    However, it was not a sure thing either and the Pats are making some interesting moves last 24 hours.

    I am so glad the NFL is back!

    Still on that Stanley Cup high as well. F yeah!

  118. august1969 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:47 PM

    New England still needs a receiver and an OLB…but thats about all they need…2 players

  119. kellyb9 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:48 PM

    Belichick has the most random-ass friends… Bon Jovi, Ocho Cinco, etc.

  120. cinghoa says: Jul 28, 2011 6:50 PM

    You would think that after the mossy incident, Belichick would know better. It’s like he does this just to see how strong his team is and how well they stick together.

  121. jetsarestacked says: Jul 28, 2011 6:52 PM

    Yaaaaaaaaawn

    Revis absolutely owns him. Wake me when the Jets sign Nnamdi.

  122. pastorkh5055 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:55 PM

    AL DAVIS makes the same FOOTBALL moves and he is CRAZY–BILL (CHEATING A**)BELICHICK makes the same FOOTBALL moves and he is a GENIUS!!!..

  123. jamie54 says: Jul 28, 2011 7:00 PM

    Jets/Pats is really getting good. Jets, your turn.

  124. FinFan68 says: Jul 28, 2011 7:02 PM

    Well, at least there will be someone tweeting in real-time while Haynesworth lays down on the job again.

    The Patriots are a division rival but I respect the things that they have been able to accomplish over the last decade. That said, these two trades make no sense to me. 85 is past his prime and has a personality and zeal for drama/celebrity that is bound to clash with Belichick. Haynesworth has said he won’t play in a 3-4 and is the biggest turd in the league and doesn’t deserve to be on any NFL roster.

  125. ny82jy says: Jul 28, 2011 7:03 PM

    @andyreidisfat
    “i would rather have ocho than holmes”

    True genious you are. The pats should hire you to be their gm lol. You pick on holmes stats. I bet your dumbass doesnt even remeber he didnt play the first 4 games last yr. You are clueless!

  126. bebopa says: Jul 28, 2011 7:10 PM

    this is why the Pats stay on top while other teams (see Browns) stay where they are on the bottom

  127. steelcurtainn says: Jul 28, 2011 7:15 PM

    First Palmer, and now ochostinkos quitting on the bengals too.

    I see, cant win in cincy so try the pats. How pathetic! So much for all that talking you did against the steelers. If you cant beat em, join another team.

  128. CKL says: Jul 28, 2011 7:15 PM

    flakazoid says:
    Jul 28, 2011 6:36 PM

    I’m not laughing at this because I hate the Patriots [which I do--I named my 2nd son after Bernard Pollard]
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    Dang the level of hate you have that you would name your child after someone who delivered a season ending injury to a football player is truly sad.

    Then you actually brag about it so you can chide an overly homerific Pats fan? Seek help dude, seriously.

  129. denverwhodat says: Jul 28, 2011 7:16 PM

    Strange philosophy now by adding troublesome Haynesworth & Chad Johnson (name change awful)…and then releasing proven guys like Bunta-Cain and passing on guys Pats need like Cam Jordan and Ingram in the draft?

    Lots more unexpected gifts like Danny Woodheads will have to go well for the Pats to win the AFC East this year.

    As Peter Abraham said in the Globe: “Adding Haynesworth & CJ is testing my Pats loyalty”

  130. axespray says: Jul 28, 2011 7:19 PM

    Man, look at how Juiced Bill Bilicheck is…
    HGH sure does the body some good…ka-durrh!?

  131. aintsfan says: Jul 28, 2011 7:27 PM

    Maybe Chad can tell Bunchen to man up and stop wearing uggs. lol

  132. Deb says: Jul 28, 2011 7:29 PM

    FinFan68 says:

    Well, at least there will be someone tweeting in real-time while Haynesworth lays down on the job again.
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    Okay, that may me laugh out loud. Wonder how much rope Belichick will give #85 for his lil off-field stunts.

  133. justadude71 says: Jul 28, 2011 7:29 PM

    But, but… Mike Brown made a commitment to Ochocinco… why does he not honor that commintment?

  134. ezmac58 says: Jul 28, 2011 7:31 PM

    stillerfan82 says:Jul 28, 2011 5:56 PM

    Good to hear for a Steeler fan. A receiver for Brady that our defense always shuts down.

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    You guys couldnt shut down Brady no matter who he was throwing to!!

  135. flakazoid says: Jul 28, 2011 7:34 PM

    He’ll be a perfect fit. He can slip right into Moss’s old spot. They both fall down right after the catch.
    No guts, no glory.

    Remember: No team has ever won a Super Bowl with Chad Ocho-Stinko, Randy Moss, or Terrel Owens

  136. red513 says: Jul 28, 2011 7:36 PM

    How is BB going to deal with the Ochocinco media frenzy? Chad couldn’t keep his mouth shut to save his life, I don’t see this one working out well. I think Bill can use his influence to get something out of fat Albert, but I don’t think 15 Belichick’s could keep Ocho quiet. That won’t mesh well with the “Patriot way”. Next thing you know, they’ll sign Vince Young, who just got cut by the Titans today.

  137. kingjoe1 says: Jul 28, 2011 7:42 PM

    Double B is going to the well once too often. Ghandi he ain’t.

  138. atron1 says: Jul 28, 2011 7:43 PM

    Belichick knows they haven’t won a SB since 2004 and a playoff game since 2007. Nobody is scared to go to Gillette Stadium in January no more so they gotta shake things up.

  139. expatpatfan says: Jul 28, 2011 7:44 PM

    To all those who doubt BB’s ability to coach troubled players: Remember he coached Lawrence Taylor. He makes all these guys look like choir boys.

  140. flakazoid says: Jul 28, 2011 7:53 PM

    CKL says:Jul 28, 2011 7:15 PM
    Dang the level of hate you have that you would name your child after someone who delivered a season ending injury to a football player is truly sad. Then you actually brag about it so you can chide an overly homerific Pats fan? Seek help dude, seriously.

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    Of course I didn’t name a child after Bernard Pollard, that would be pathetic. . . . but I do have that great photo of Brady lying on the ground holding his knee on my desk top.

  141. patriotinvasion says: Jul 28, 2011 7:58 PM

    Patriots are gonna make all you haters wish the lockout canceled the season! Get ready for ring #4 for Brady and Belichick…new decade, new CBA, and the beat goes on for the Pats…yes siiiirrr

  142. mikel119 says: Jul 28, 2011 7:59 PM

    if you where mike brown would you want chad around a j green and the rest of your young recevers????? and thats 6 million savings…just wait till chad starts his $hit … the only thing the pats need now is T.O. in the locker room.

  143. blchaney69 says: Jul 28, 2011 7:59 PM

    And who was in the Super Bowl last year?

  144. drexelvol says: Jul 28, 2011 8:01 PM

    Washed.Up.

  145. crise40g says: Jul 28, 2011 8:04 PM

    Nice pick up.

    85 is moving up on my fantasy football WR rankings.

  146. radrntn says: Jul 28, 2011 8:17 PM

    ravenator says:
    Jul 28, 2011 5:52 PM
    Pats are making some great pickups this offseason. Kudos to their front office.

    LMAO! picking up other teams trash

  147. roseann894 says: Jul 28, 2011 8:27 PM

    Pats are becoming the NFL Yankees: arrogant leadership thinks it can (and should) bring in every semi-accomplished slacker and malcontent and reward him with the opportunity to win a title, see e.g. Andruw Jones, Sidney Ponson, Kyle Farnsworth Jose Canseco et al. (Yanks) and Randy Moss and now these latest 2 clowns for the Pats.

  148. enders9 says: Jul 28, 2011 8:30 PM

    I don’t know why people think Belichick and Ocho won’t work out. They are friends, and Belichick knows exactly what the baggage is that comes with Ocho. They will be fine together.

  149. alan3008 says: Jul 28, 2011 8:50 PM

    Good riddance. The Pats can have the hotdog. TO came in cold and had a better year than Ochostinko. Ochostinko’s best days are behind him. I wonder if this will influence Carson Palmers decision to leave Cincinnati.

  150. alan3008 says: Jul 28, 2011 8:56 PM

    One think is for sure, Ochostinko will have a much more accurate QB throwing to him. But if he screws up, Brady will jump down his throat, unlike Palmer.

  151. SmackSaw says: Jul 28, 2011 8:56 PM

    did the Patriots lose a bet or something?

  152. i5197 says: Jul 28, 2011 9:44 PM

    If aaron hernandez keeps 85 then will chad have to change his name?

  153. steelforce43 says: Jul 28, 2011 10:14 PM

    First, Albert now Ocho, are the Pats the new Jets? Give me all your head cases and we will fix them. This just in Ocho wants T.O. in New England.

    All I am going to say is if you play with fire long enough eventually you are going to get burnt.

  154. rcali says: Jul 28, 2011 10:23 PM

    Awesome, awesome, awesome. The ultimate odd couple. “He Chad, need you at practice early tomorrow.” “Sorry coach, have to tape my reality show!”

  155. bcgreg says: Jul 28, 2011 11:12 PM

    For any doubters, think Corey Dillon in 2004 and Randy Moss in 2007.

    Love both moves.

    Now if they can just add Ronnie Brown and sign Matt Light.

    Oh, and don’t forget that they get Ty Warren and Leigh Bodden back on D after missing all of last year.

  156. Reggie's Bush says: Jul 28, 2011 11:40 PM

    Um.. is it me, or does everyone not realize OchoCinco gets ready in the shower – he’s washed up…

    If BB was such a genius he would use one of his 1,000,000 stock piled picks to draft a difference maker instead of trading them for another pick next year. GB says thanks for CM3 and Saints say thanks for Ingram again!

  157. icelovinbrotha215 says: Jul 29, 2011 12:48 AM

    Ahh. As they say, ‘the rich get richer.’ Another solid move by the Pats. And I’m sure Chad Ocho Cinco/Johnson realizes that this is his chance to win a SB. Crazy.

  158. lgwelsh1 says: Jul 29, 2011 12:56 AM

    Chad better not drop any passes, no excuse with Tom Brady throwing your way.

  159. borderline1988 says: Jul 29, 2011 1:06 AM

    Amazing how smart the move to drop Randy Moss was last season.

    It’s a risk for any team to sign Ochocinco or Haynesworth because of character issues, but the Pats have proven that they will drop even their biggest stars for absolutely nothing if they don’t commit to the team.

    And look what happened to Randy Moss after he was dropped. His career imploded. There is no doubt that Randy Moss’ experience is sitting in the back of Ochocinco’s and Haynesworth’s minds, and will motivate them to succeed at any costs.

    Honestly, I hate the Patriots, but Belichick is an absolute genius. He’s the only guy in the league that Ochocinco would feel the need to prove himself to and would feel nervous about.

  160. picksix401 says: Jul 29, 2011 1:45 AM

    all you idiot jet fans talkin’ about revis on ochocinco… guaranteed revis won’t be assigned to chad for more than four downs all year

  161. 1historian says: Jul 29, 2011 6:43 AM

    The Pats don’t play a 3-4 all the time – Haynesworth will be fine. Coming from a trainwreck of a franchise to one that has been a consistent contender for 10+ years (including the year Brady was hurt) will help him – and the Pats. Otherwise he’s gone.

    Ochocinco – Pretty much the same. Don’t forget that Cincy recently nailed down that coveted #122 spot as the WORST FRANCHISE IN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS. (Remember Cory Dillon getting traded to the Pats from Cincy in 2004?)

    Pats haters – Remember if you will that the Pats play in the only PRIVATELY financed stadium in the NFL. Remember too that Kraft has been given a LOT of the credit for helping break the recent logjam and getting the players out on the field where they belong.

    Belichik haters – you have to admit that the dude does make interesting moves – now you know why he always has a few extra draft choices to play with.

  162. homelanddefense says: Jul 29, 2011 9:45 AM

    I have to laugh at all the Steelers fans dogging the Pats for trading for Ocho because they “cant remember him making any big catches against them”

    I cant remember the last time the Steelers beat the Patriots in any big games.

    With head to head matchups in the AFC the Steelers are probably 5th on the list of teams I worry about.

    Jets, Colts, Chargers, Ravens all scare me more head to head than Pittsburgh. Not saying they arent a great team, because they certainly are…..but the Pats play them well.

  163. bigbob987 says: Jul 29, 2011 10:00 AM

    As a Pats fan I think this is a great move…getting a good (not great) experienced receiver for low $ who if focused can add alot to an offense led by the best QB in the NFL…

    Respect is the key word here and I think Chad highly respects not only Bill but Brady as well and with someone asa.d.d. as him – this is a huge factor in whether or not he will be successful and I firmly believe we will see the Chad of old…

    Hanynesworth is alot more of a crap shoot then Chad will be…we all know Chad’s bromance with Bill is strong and mighty

  164. blchaney69 says: Jul 29, 2011 12:08 PM

    Where are all you Pats fans getting the idea that Chad is SO FOCUSED on winning!! We have heard time and time again over the years how he DOESNT run the Routes the way he is supposed to and he isnt in the spot he should be…THAT ISNT FOCUSED.. And thats why Palmer got sick of him!!
    And How do you explain all of the Off the Field Antics.. Bull Riding, Gator Wrestling, Racing horses, wanting to Box people..Doesnt sound like a guy focused on Winning a Super Bowl to me!!
    But hey, you guys believe what you want. We shall see..

  165. The Prophet says: Jul 29, 2011 2:38 PM

    Patriots continue to be Las Vegas’ favorite team. Since their last SB win in 2004 or 2005, the Patriots load up their roster each year, mixed with Brady and other studs they look unstoppable every August. Sometimes they only finish with 11, or other years they are a dominant 14-16 wins. They always look great, and every year they find a way to blow it and look like a 5-11 team in the playoffs.

    I’ve given up on the Patriots winning the SB. They are the Atlanta Braves of the NFL if the Braves won their titles in the beginning.

    Great moves to pick up Chad and Albert along with the other all-stars, but they will not win the SB.

  166. enders9 says: Aug 1, 2011 1:52 PM

    blchaney69 says: Jul 29, 2011 12:08 PM

    Where are all you Pats fans getting the idea that Chad is SO FOCUSED on winning!! We have heard time and time again over the years how he DOESNT run the Routes the way he is supposed to and he isnt in the spot he should be…THAT ISNT FOCUSED.. And thats why Palmer got sick of him!!
    And How do you explain all of the Off the Field Antics.. Bull Riding, Gator Wrestling, Racing horses, wanting to Box people..Doesnt sound like a guy focused on Winning a Super Bowl to me!!
    But hey, you guys believe what you want. We shall see..

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    lol this is all horse crap. Up until this year you were always hearing how great of a route runner Chad is. And the only reason it changed this year is because the Cinci media was making excuses for Carson’s terrible play, and Chad was their scapegoat.

    As for the off season… it’s the off season! And notice how everything you listed him doing in the off season is something that will keep him active and in shape. Is Hines Ward not focused on winning anymore because he just did dancing with the stars?

  167. blchaney69 says: Aug 1, 2011 3:35 PM

    Wrong, the only person that ever called him a great route runner was Chad himself. Even Marvin Lewis taklked every year about how he had to work on his rout running.. and how he needed to be where Carson expected him to be!! You believe what you want, you will learn the hard way.. And you all talk about how He JUST WANTS TO WIN..lets see how his attitude is when theya re winning and he isnt getting the rock… Time will tell Patsie Tool, Time will tell!!

  168. blchaney69 says: Aug 1, 2011 3:38 PM

    And By the way, there is a Direct connection between Chad’s off Field stunts and his on field stunts.. The guys scores 3 td’s a year, but when he does, he celebrates them like he just won the SB MVP.
    Also, Wrestling alligators and riding bulls doesnt keep you in shape. However, Im pretty sure ballroom dancing for 8 hours a day DOES!! TOOL!!

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