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 has said before that he has a great deal of respect for the Ochocinco, who has returned the verbal favor. Ochocinco fizzled in New England, making only 15 catches in his only season with the team.
The former Chad Johnson, 33, had 67 catches for 831 yards and four touchdowns last season for the woeful Bengals last year. He has 751 career regular-season receptions for 10,783 yards and 66 touchdowns.