NFL 2011 Free Agency: Patriots Aquire Chad Ochocinco

Daniel DinunzioAnalyst IJuly 28, 2011

Ochocinco is headed to New England to play along Tom Brady.
Ochocinco is headed to New England to play along Tom Brady.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Well, it looks as if Belichick and the Patriots are up to their old tricks again. That includes a new weapon for Tom Brady in the always entertaining Chad Ochocinco, who was dealt from the Bengals.

It seems as if Ochocinco wants to play for a contender. Who could be better than New England? Not to mention he gets to catch passes from one of the best NFL quarterbacks to ever play the game. 

After the departure of Randy Moss last season, look for No. 85 to catch a lot of passes from Brady. He will need to use his speed to get past secondaries. That speed has been questioned in the past, but with the Patriots he will be counted on to produce.

This is an interesting move for New England. Obviously they did need another wide receiver. Today they also acquired Albert Haynesworth. The Ochocinco joining the Patriots is puzzling because of all the baggage he has carried from the past. After all, he did change his name from Johnson to the present Ochocinco.

The Patriots still have the reliable Wes Welker to catch passes, but Ochocinco brings another dynamic to the already potent offense. Deion Branch produced at the end of the season, but he doesn't have quite the same route-running ability as Chad Ochocinco.

New England continues to try and get better as the NFL free agency frenzy continues.

Ochocinco even restructured his contract in order to make this deal work and help the Patriots with cap room. The Bengals will be compensated two draft picks, one this year and one next.

Stay tuned as the Chad Ochocinco show takes center stage in the battle for AFC East supremacy.