The New England Patriots have acquired wide receiver Chad Ochocinco after he accepted a restructured three-year contract from the Patriots, a source told ESPN.com’s John Clayton. Sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the Bengals will receive two draft picks, one this year and one next season.
Ochocinco was scheduled to make $6.35 million for the Bengals this year. The Patriots wanted him to restructure his contract to fit their cap.
Ochocinco was seen catching a plane to Boston Thursday.
The 10-year veteran caught 67 passes for 831 yards and four touchdowns last season. That was a dropoff from 2009, the last of his six Pro Bowl years, when Ochocinco had 72 receptions for 1,047 yards and nine TDs.
He has seven 1,000-yard receiving seasons, leading the league with 1,369 in 2006.
Despite Tom Brady throwing for 3,900 yards and 36 touchdowns in 2010, the Pats didn’t have a 1,000-yard receiver. Wes Welker led the team with 848 yards.
Randy Moss was traded after only four games despite 1,264 receiving yards and a team-high 13 touchdowns in 2009.
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