Whenever the lockout reaches an end, it’s safe to say Chad Ochocinco’s time with the Cincinnati Bengals is most likely over after 10 seasons for numerous reasons. While his name has been thrown in the mix with a few teams in need of a wideout, there’s one particular team that Ochocinco keeps getting linked to–the New England Patriots.
Ian Rapport of the Boston Herald discussed on Monday why he believes Ochocinco may “find a way” to end up with the Patriots next season–mainly because of his relationship with head coach Bill Belichick. The two have developed an enormous amount of respect for each other over the last few years and there’s a good chance Ochocinco will be looking for a new home if the Bengals decide to part ways with the veteran wideout–which is why Foxboro seems like a possible destination for Ochocinco.
From Rapport’s article:
While there are some out there who think Randy Moss may return to Foxboro, it’s really hard to imagine that happening. It’s one of those “been there, done that, no sense doing it again” kind of stories. That’s not to say the Pats won’t be looking for a speed guy or another veteran receiver. Rice would help, if they could afford him. Ochocinco has one more year on his contract, but he’s made no secret he wants out of Cincinnati. It appears the Bengals want a divorce, too. With Bill Belichick’s affection for him, Ochocinco may, in fact, find a way to end up in Foxboro. If he behaves and still has some left in the tank, he could be the answer.
Ochocinco is entering the final year of his contract with the Bengals and is due $6 million for the 2011 season–but the team can still release him without a financial loss. Considering everything that has taken place this offseason (especially with head coach Marvin Lewis), it’s no wonder the Bengals are expected to part ways with Ochocinco. And with the Patriots expected to add another wide receiver once free agency begins–it would be no surprise if Rapport ends up being right and Ochocinco ends up in Foxboro next season.
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