CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has been traded to the New England Patriots.
Ochocinco is accepting a three-year deal with the Patriots. ESPN also says the Bengals will receive two late-round draft picks from the Patriots for the trade. One pick in 2012, and one in 2013.
Chad Ochocinco was entering the final year on his deal with the Bengals. He spent the offseason on a promotional tour, trying out for a pro soccer team and riding a bull. The Bengals seemed to tire of his antics last season, when they finished 4-12, and picked receiver A.J. Green in the first round of the draft.
Thursday, the Bengals signed Green to the team. Green is a likely candidate to take the place of Ochocinco.
Chad Ochocinco was the Bengals' all-time leading receiver. Known for his frequent Twitter use, the only Tweet that Ochocinco has made since the reports of his trade came out is, "God is so Good."
The relationship between Belichick and Ochocinco, with extremely different public personas, is unexpectedly warm.
"I like Chad," Belichick said before last year's season opener between the teams. "I like him as a player. I like him as a person. I like his enthusiasm and the fun he has with football, and I like how he competes on the football field. I have a lot of respect for that.
"An odd couple, but in the end I think we have a lot of things in common."
They grew closer during Pro Bowl practices.
"It became a relationship beyond just a football player and a coach," Ochocinco said. "He became a friend of mine. He has a lot of respect for me in my game and I have a lot of respect for him in everything he's done as a coach.
"We just became really close and fond of each other's work. He's one that I look up to tremendously, one that I've never played for, but I show the same respect as if he was my own head coach."