Chad Ochocinco Traded to Patriots

Chad-Ochocinco-2007The wheeling and dealing in the NFL continued on Thursday with the New England Patriots acquiring two big names, including Chad Ochocinco from the Cincinnati Bengals.

Ochocinco accepted a three-year offer from the Patriots, who earlier in the day acquired defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth from the Washington Redskins. The Bengals will reportedly receive a draft pick for this season and next year. Ochocinco adds another option for starting quarterback Tom Brady, who has been contented with only Wes Welker at the receiving end. Haynesworth, on the other hand, adds an imposing defensive presence for the Patriots, granting, however, that he stays away from trouble in and out of the field.

Ochocinco, who at times clashed with Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, is known to be close to Patriots coach Bill Belichick. “He’s one that I look up to tremendously. One who I’ve never played for but who I share the same respect for as if he was my own head coach,” Ochocinco said last year.