This deal, the subject of speculation for some time, became reality July 28, 2011, when the Patriots followed their stunning trade for defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth by acquiring Ochocinco from the Cincinnati Bengals for late round draft picks in both 2012 and 2013.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick had said before that he has a great deal of respect for the Ochocinco, who returned the verbal favor. The former Chad Johnson, 33, had 67 catches for 831 yards and four touchdowns for the woeful Bengals in 2010. He has 766 career regular-season receptions for 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns.
The former star receiver never panned out in New England, lasting just one forgettable season in 2011.