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NFL Trade News: Chad Ochocinco Traded to New England Patriots

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 26:  Chad Ochocinco #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals during their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Nate ScacciaAnalyst IIIJuly 28, 2011

Yes, you read the title correctly. The New England Patriots have traded two draft picks to the Cincinnati Bengals for Chad Ochocinco. One pick this year and one pick next year.

This news comes just after the story that the Patriots are in talks with Albert Haynesworth. It appears that Bill Belichick and company are adding a few veteran guys to support their team.

While Ochocinco is not as good as he used to be, he is still a great route runner and can be utilized on the field. Of course, with Ochocinco's talents comes his character. Ochocinco has a mouth on him and a propensity for speaking his mind. How the Patriots will handle this remains to be seen.

Ochocinco signed a three-year deal with the Patriots. Last year Ochocinco hauled in 67 passes for 831 yards and four touchdowns with the Bengals. Ochocinco has made no secrets about his attitude and feelings toward the Bengals, so it is no surprise that he is moving on.

Ochocinco's success will depend on how well he fits in with Tom Brady and the Patriots. Expect Ochocinco to rack up about 900 yards and six touchdowns this season.

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