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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Before defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth could get to training camp and take his conditioning test, the Washington Redskins traded him to the New England Patriots for a fifth-round pick in 2013, according to league sources.
Haynesworth still will have to pass his physical in New England, as any player in any trade would.
Washington believes it is ridding itself of a player it had no intention of bringing back to its team this season, while New England is getting added help along its defensive line for a reduced price.
The former Pro Bowl defensive tackle is scheduled to make $5 million this season.
Now in a 24-hour span, the Redskins will have unloaded Haynesworth and quarterback Donovan McNabb, giving Washington an entirely different atmosphere as it prepares to open camp.
Washington traded McNabb to Minnesota for a sixth-round pick in 2012 and a conditional sixth in 2013 in a trade that will become official today.
New England has had a propensity on reaching out for talented but troubled players and succeeding, having previously done so with running back Corey Dillon and wide receiver Randy Moss.
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