As perhaps the biggest disappointment of any star player last season, Pro Bowl wide receiver Chad Ochocinco failed to have any impact on his new team after being traded by the Cincinnati Bengals to the New England Patriots. Despite the Patriot getting all the way to the Super Bowl and having another chance to win another ring in the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era, Ochocinco was no part of it and failed to stand out all season long.
With the trade being considered an absolute failure in terms of impact on the team and the offense, the consensus has been the Ochocinco’s days in New England were numbered. The team’s biggest priority on offense in the offseason was to land another wideout via free agency or trade and try to re-sign the team’s best wide receiver in Wes Welker.
So far, the New England Patriots have succeeded in one of those moves by signing free agent wideout Brandon Lloyd formerly of the St. Louis Rams. Lloyd fits in perfectly in this offense and gives Tom Brady that downfield threat he’d been looking for since the departure of Randy Moss who is now in San Franciso with the 49ers.
Reportedly, despite signing Lloyd and working on Welker (franchise tag); the Patriots have decided to retain Ochocinco. The way they have retained him was to restructure his contract as he will now make $1 million next season opposed to the $3 million he was scheduled to earn.
This was a smart move by the New England Patriots in my opinion as it will give Tom Brady multiple weapons in the offense next season. Whether or not Chad Ochocinco can finally get back for form in New England with one more shot remains to be seen, but the Patriots giving him another shot is a good sign for the veteran wide receiver.
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