NFL Trade News: Breaking Down the New England Patriots Trade for Chad Ochocinco
If you haven't done so already Pats fans, it's time to get on the Twitter bandwagon. Just hours after landing Albert Haynesworth, the New England Patriots have acquired wide receiver Chad Ochocinco from the Cincinnati Bengals. With mounting rumors that the New York Jets are a signature away from teaming star cornerback Darrelle Revis with free-agent phenom Nnamdi Asomugha, the Patriots had to make a move.
Ochocinco will come in instantly as Tom Brady's deep threat, while I still expect wide receiver Wes Welker to be his favorite target.
Ochocinco will no doubt become an instant fan favorite and create that Super Bowl buzz that Randy Moss also brought when he was acquired in 2007, and we all know what happened the last time Brady was given an elite pass target.
In case anyone had any doubts after the Patriots "rebuilding year" last season. The Patriots, with quarterback Tom Brady who will turn 34 this year, are in "win now" mode.
The Chad Ochocinco to New England rumors date back to 2010, with a link between the two going all the way back to 2001 when New England held a private workout for him before the 2001 NFL Draft.
Ochocinco bonded with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick when the latter was the head coach for the 2007 AFC Pro Bowl team.
Since that time, Belichick and Ochocinco have had somewhat of a bro-mance. When discussing the connection between them to various members of the media, Belichick had this to say. "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."
Ochocinco, not to be outdone with the outpouring of compliments added that, "It became a relationship beyond just a football player and a coach. He became a friend of mine. He has a lot of respect for me in my game and I have a lot of respect for him in everything he's done as a coach"
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With all that being said, Chad Ochocinco should fit right into the New England Patriots scheme, am I right?
Well lets take a look at the details. We all know Ochocinco's reputation both on and off the field. He is eccentric, somewhat self centered and loves himself a good touchdown celebration.
Now at this point, one might start to worry if New England is setting themselves up for a locker room disaster, full of character issues by bringing in both Haynesworth and Ochocinco. I'm a "glass half full" kind of guy when it comes to the Patriots. I've learned to never question anything Bill Belichick does.
That mentality proved me right this past season when I told countless people that getting rid of Randy Moss and bringing in Deion Branch actually made the team better. No one believed me, and the Patriots ended up going 14-2.
The upside to Haynesworth is he only cost a fifth-round draft choice. There is little-to-no risk with him. Belichick will cut him in a heartbeat, if need be. With Ochocinco, the Patriots were able to restructure his contract to a three-year deal and and gave up what is being reported as two late round draft picks, one this year, one next year.
Ochocinco is coming to New England after 10 seasons in Cincinnati, where he has struggled in recent years, only eclipsing the 1,000-yard milestone once in the past three years. Brady will look to do what he has done with so many receivers before, such as Troy Brown, Deion Branch and, of course, Randy Moss, and that is to rejuvenate Ochocinco's career and turn him into an All-Pro for the fifth time. A status Ochocinco hasn't reached since 2006.
Now that Ochocinco and Haynesworth are on board, it has seemingly filled the Patriots two biggest needs. A dominant pass rusher and a deep threat. Both players seem like low risk-high reward options, but that will remain to be seen, depending on how the New England Patriots locker room holds up.
For those that remember, the 2001 New England Patriots were renowned for their locker room attitude. They became famous for their Super Bowl XXXVI entrance where they opted to be introduced as a team instead of individuals.
They also had a strict "no showboating" policy, which was actually parodied on an episode of Family Guy, where Peter Griffin was offered a spot on the team. He was depicted as a phenomenal offensive lineman, but was kicked off the team for being a show off. That's the kind of locker room the Patriots will need to have if they want to bring in a fourth Super Bowl.
Assuming locker room leaders like Brady, Light and Mayo are able to keep everything together, I think it will be safe to say that it's time to "Kiss The Baby" in New England. They have the talent, now more than ever, to set the AFC and the entire NFL on fire.
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