There have been numerous reports regarding Ochocinco's and Belichick's close relationship. According to Ian Rappoport of the Boston Herald, he believes Ochocinco may "find a way to end up in Foxborough."
Ochocinco certainly has one year left on his contract that is worth about $6 million, so if Belichick is interested, then he'd have to trade for him—only if the Bengals don't cut the Pro Bowl wide receiver once the lockout is lifted.
Assuming the Bengals will explore their options in trading Ochocinco, the Patriots may be the best bet, considering their draft picks for the 2012 draft (two first and second-rounders, and a third, fourth and fifth-round pick.)
If the Patriots were to acquire Ochocinco, could he launch New England to a Super Bowl appearance? He won't be the only reason, but he'd certainly be able to help.
It became clear in the team's devastating playoff loss against the New York Jets on January 16 that they were lacking something offensive—it wasn't a deep threat, but it was a physical, playmaking receiver, and Ochocinco perfectly fits that mold.
Last season for the Bengals, Ochocinco reeled in 67 balls while accumulating 831 yards and scoring four touchdowns—definitely not Ochocinco's best numbers, but considering he only played in 14 games, they're definitely solid.
The major concern regarding Ochocinco is that he's just another "prima-donna" wide receiver. New England's last experience with one of those was Randy Moss, and that did not end well, as he was shipped off to the Minnesota Vikings last season.
However, just hearing about Ochocinco's admiration for Belichick, and Belichick's respect for Ochocinco, these two may be perfect for each other. They share the same common goal: winning a Super Bowl.
If New England were to trade for Ochocinco, he'd bring along his one-year contract, which is certainly a positive, short-term commitment.
Ochocinco would be on a definite short lease if he were to become a Patriot, and he'd have to accept the fact that the only goal of this franchise is winning a Super Bowl. But the only way that can happen is if everyone does their job on the team.
Once the lockout is lifted, I'd assume that rumors will start to swirl regarding Ochocinco to the Patriots.
Ochocinco joining the Patriots could be the offensive answer the Patriots needed, as he'd join Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, completing one of the best receiving crops in all of football.
Tom Brady would likely produce even bigger numbers than he did last year.