FOXBOROUGH, MA. - Tom Brady is looking forward to throwing passes Chad Ochocinco's way and hopes the newly-acquired wide receiver can find a role on the Patriots.
"I've known Chad for a long time," Brady said. "I've watched him for a long time and he brings a lot of energy to the team."
The Patriots on Friday finally announced the deal that landed Ochocinco in training camp. They sent undisclosed draft considerations to the Bengals in exchange for the veteran -- reportedly late-round picks in 2012 and 2013.
Ochocinco, 33, has played all 10 of his NFL seasons with Cincinnati. He had 67 catches for 831 yards and four touchdowns last season while playing 14 games. It was only the second time since his rookie season that Ochocinco failed to reach the 1,000-yard mark, and just the second time in the same span that he had fewer than five touchdown receptions.
He seemed to relish in sharing the spotlight with fellow star receiver Terrell Owens last season.
In Brady, Ochocinco will hook up with one of the NFL's most prolific passers and an arm that helped revive Randy Moss' career over four recent seasons. Ochocinco has compiled 751 catches for 10,783 yards and 66 touchdowns in his career.
"He's been a very prolific receiver. I think he's had a bunch of production over the years and hopefully he can come in here and find a role on this team, as we're all trying to do," Brady said. "We're all trying to come out here and see what we can make of this year and see what kind of role we can make for ourselves."
Born Chad Johnson, Ochocinco departed Cincinnati 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.
It's the second time in five seasons that New England has decided to welcome an explosive, yet enigmatic, offensive threat.
After the Patriots acquired Moss from Oakland prior to the 2007 season, he went on to silence his critics with 259 receptions for 3,904 yards and 50 scores in three-plus seasons.
Moss set a new NFL record with 23 touchdown catches and set a single-season Pats record with 1,493 yards in 2007, 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 and Deion Branch. His first step? A walkthrough at Friday's practice.
"I know he's excited -- I talked to him earlier. He's excited to be out here and I think he's excited to be a part of a new team," said Brady. "Like I said, everyone's really searching for a role for themselves. We're all trying to establish a role for ourselves. Chad, myself, Wes and Deion are all trying to figure out what we can do to help this team win."