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Chad Ochocinco Interested in Joining the Patriots?

Chad Ochocinco welcomes the possibility of playing in New England. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images North America)

Two days after the 28-21 debacle by the New York Jets, the Patriots have turned their focus to the 2011-2012 season.

One area of need is the wide receiver position. All season, the Patriots used the likes of Deion Branch and Wes Welker, both whom had great seasons. However, with Sunday as the prime example, both struggled to create space against the Jets’ defensive backs. For once this season, the Patriots looked vulnerable at the receiver position.

Well, one potential free agent receiver, thinks he would be a nice fit with Bill Belichick and the Patriots. Current Cincinnatti Bengal, Chad Ochocinco, tweeted about the possibility of joining the Patriots next season.

“PePe and Bill #EPIC.”

The lifetime Bengal has had a productive career, catching 751 passes for 10, 783 yards and 66 touchdowns. However, as he nears the tail end of his career, his stats are beginning to diminish. This season, Ochocinco caught 67 passes for 831 yards with only four touchdowns. With the inconsistent play of Carson Palmer, it’s easy to pin-point Ochocinco’s down year.

Joining the Patriots may be the best thing for Ochocinco as many have reported that he could be released this offseason. All previous discussions show that coach Belichick loves Ochocinco — and he isn’t afraid to show it, which is odd considering his quiet nature. Aside from Baltimore Raven safety Ed Reed, Ochocinco may be Belichick’s favorite player in the league.

“I like Chad — I like him as a player. I like him as a person,” Belichick said. “I like his enthusiasm and the fun he has with football, and I like how he competes on the football field. I have a lot of respect for that.”

Although a lot has to happen for this marriage to become a reality, there does appear to be interest on both sides. In the past, the Patriots have brought in “questionable” locker room players like Bryan Cox, Corey Dillon, and most recently Randy Moss. The thing that makes Ochocino different is that he is more of a jokster then someone who would blow up the locker room if he didn’t get many passes his way.

This offseason will be plenty interesting, with the CBA mess, the Patriots loaded draft picks, and the free agency scene.

About Matthew Marcantonio - @M_Marcantonio

Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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One comment for “Chad Ochocinco Interested in Joining the Patriots?”

  1. I wonder how realistic this would be. Hmmmm. It’d be nice though!

    Posted by KC Downey | January 19, 2011, 2:04 am

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