FOXBOROUGH, MA - JULY 29: Tom Brady #12 and Chad Ochocinco of the New England Patriots chat during training camp at Gillette Stadium on July 29, 2011 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
While we continue to panic over the Ty Warren news, there is actually something positive to report. According to a press release from the Patriots' official website, the Patriots have officially acquired former Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco:
Ochocinco, 6-1, 192 pounds, is a veteran of 10 NFL seasons. He originally joined the Bengals as second round draft pick (36th overall) in 2001 out of Oregon State.
Ochocinco has started 132 of 151 games and has accumulated 10,783 receiving yards on 751 receptions and 66 touchdowns. In 2010, he became one of 34 receivers to reach 10,000 receiving yards or more and he enters the 2011 season ranked 27th in NFL history.
A six-time Pro Bowl player (2003-07 and 2009), Ochocinco put together a string of six straight 1,000-yard seasons (2002-07). He became the first person in NFL history to lead his conference in receiving yards in four straight seasons (2003-06). Oakland's Tim Brown and San Francisco's Jerry Rice have been conference leaders in three straight seasons. He has registered a Cincinnati record with 31 100-yard receiving games.
Reportedly, tight end Aaron Hernandez was seeing wearing number 81 on the practice field today, so it looks like Ochocinco will actually be getting his number after all.
There's been no word on the completion of a deal for Albert Haynesworth yet.