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Chad Ochocinco has had a fairly unproductive season and Cincinnati will likely pass on his $6 million dollar option for next season. If the Bengals don't pick up Ochocinco's option, than they'll owe him $3.5 million.
After a stellar performance last week against the San Diego Chargers, third-year wideout Jerome Simpson could be involved in the team's future plans.
If Cincinnati does indeed decide to not pick up his option, then Ochocinco may find himself on another team next season. Tim Kavanagh of ESPN Insider has hinted that the New England Patriots may be interested in the 10-year-veteran come this offseason.
One may think that this is an unlikely match because of Belichick's team-first attitude and Ochocinco's me-first swagger, but both the veteran wide-receiver and future Hall-of-Fame coach have tremendous respect for each other.
Back in September Belichick told the media, "I like Chad. I like him as a player. I like him as a person. I like his enthusiasm and the fun he has with football, and I like how he competes on the football field. I have a lot of respect for that. An odd couple, but in the end I think we have a lot in common."
Ochocinco could be an interesting fit with the Patriots. With Ochocinco struggling of late, this could be the exact move he needs to revamp his career.