They're no longer the New England Patriots. They're Father Belichick's Home for Wayward Youths.
After acquiring defensive tackle/tub of goo Albert Haynesworth earlier in the day, the New England Patriots have now pulled the trigger on a deal that nets them former Cincinnati Bengals star wide receiver Chad Ochocinco.
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In fairness to The Ocho, he's never been the off-the-field troublemaker that Haynesworth was. But he was an unhappy Bengal (not an unreasonable position) and his attention-grabbing, "look at me!" antics are unlike anything else ever seen in the NFL.
In return, the Bengals get a couple of draft picks, one this year, and one next year. Which picks they are remain unknown.
The Patriots have unending faith in the stability of their own locker room. With any other team, the immediate reaction to bringing in Haynesworth and Ochocinco on the same day would be something like, "Disaster is imminent." With the Patriots and Bill Belichick, though, the immediate reaction is to fear that he'll turn both guys back into Pro Bowlers and dominate the NFL forever.
Also of interest: As Trey Wingo points out on Twitter, the number "85" (ochenta y cinco, or "ochocinco," if you insist) is already in use in New England by Aaron Hernandez. Either a deal is going to have to be worked out between Ocho and Hernandez (see if you can get more creative than Chris Kluwe, fellas), or Chad's going to have the second-most absurd jersey of all-time.
Of course, Ocho had to share some of the joy about his new destination with fans and friends on Twitter. Check the timeline for some back-and-forth with Willis McGahee that isn't always safe for work, and look below for some highlights of the dialogue after the jump -- he talks with fans old and new, tries to get some free music lessons, and challenges Pacman Jones to an online game of FIFA 2012.
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Chad, don't ever change. No matter where you play.
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