Patriots deal for Ochocinco

Patriots cornerback Darius Butler breaks up a pass intended for Chad Ochocinco at Gillette Stadium...

Patriots cornerback Darius Butler breaks up a pass intended for Chad Ochocinco at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., Sep. 12, 2010. (JIM ROGASH/Getty Images/AFP)

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BOSTON - The New England Patriots are taking yet another gamble to strengthen their receiving corps.

The Globe reported on Thursday that the Patriots have acquired wideout Chad Ochocinco from the Cincinnati Bengals for late-round draft picks in 2012 and 2013.

In his 10th pro season out of Miami-Florida, Ochocinco recorded 67 catches for 831 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games with the Bengals in 2010 -- a year in which he seemed to relish in sharing the spotlight with free-agent receiver Terrell Owens.

Born Chad Johnson in Miami, Ochocinco has compiled 751 receptions for 10,783 yards and 66 TDs.

The 33-year-old departs southern Ohio as the franchise's all-time leader in catches, receiving yards and touchdown receptions, while ranking third on the all-time list in games played with 151.

For the Patriots, it is the second time in four years the club has decided to welcome an explosive, yet troubled offensive threat.

New England acquired the embattled Randy Moss from Oakland prior to the 2007 campaign, and the Marshall product silenced his critics with 259 receptions for 3,904 yards and 50 scores over his three-plus year tenure in Foxboro.

Moss set a new NFL record with 23 touchdown catches and set a single-season Pats record with 1,493 yards in '07, while also leading the league with 13 TDs in 2009.

Now it's Ochocinco's turn to prove his worth and augment the likes of Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski with franchise quarterback Tom Brady at the ready.


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