Patriots acquire Chad Ochocinco via trade

They made it work with Randy Moss for quite a while, long enough to have a perfect regular season and reach a Super Bowl.

Now, they’ll try it with another big name wide receiver. The New England Patriots have acquired Chad Ochocinco in a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to John Clayton of ESPN. The terms of the deal are not yet known.

The report indicates Ochocinco agreed to restructure his contract and accept a three-year deal from the Patriots, who made a splash earlier in the day when they got another big name via trade in Albert Haynesworth. Ochocinco was to earn $6.35 million this season and the Pats needed to squeeze him in under the cap.

New England clearly lacked speed at times last season, especially after Moss was unloaded. Perhaps a change of scenery will reinvigorate Ochocinco, who otherwise has been slowing down in Cincinnati, perhaps irritated with the situation. He’d publicly challenged coach Marvin Lewis during the offseason.

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