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Posted: July 29, 2011, 1:03 PM ; Updated: July 29, 2011, 1:03 PM

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Chad Ochocinco's next stop is New England after an offseason in which he had a soccer tryout, rode a bull, took a spin in a race car and waited to be traded.

That wait ended on Thursday when the outspoken wide receiver was dealt to the Patriots, a team coached by Bill Belichick, who closely monitors, and tries to control, his players' public comments.

A person with knowledge of the trade said the Patriots obtained the colorful Ochocinco from Cincinnati and that he agreed to a new three-year contract. It was not known what the Bengals received in return. The person spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because neither team had announced the trade. The deal was first reported by ESPN.

It was the second major move by the Patriots, who earlier in the day obtained Albert Haynesworth, the disgruntled Washington Redskins defensive tackle, for a fifth-round draft pick in 2013. 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."

Now Belichick is his coach.

Ochocinco, who caught 12 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown in a 38-24 Patriots win last year, provides another option for Tom Brady, who has been without a deep target since the Patriots traded Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings after four games last season. In 10 seasons, all with the Bengals, Ochocinco has 751 catches for 10,783 yards and 66 touchdowns. He has made the Pro Bowl six times.

But when the Bengals drafted wide receiver A.J. Green in the first round in April, it became likely that Ochocinco would be released, traded or told to take a large pay cut.

The trade follows a one-year partnership with wide receiver Terrell Owens. Ochocinco dubbed the pair "Batman and Robin." They combined for 139 catches and 13 touchdowns, but the Bengals were 4-12. Ochocinco joins a receiving corps that includes Wes Welker and Deion Branch, along with tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, both coming off outstanding rookie seasons.

With the lockout over, it's back to football for Ochocinco, who may have to negotiate for Hernandez's No. 85 jersey.

Wearing a helmet and standard protective vest, Ochocinco rode a 1,500-pound bull named Deja Blu on May 14 on the Professional Bull Riders circuit. He earned $10,000 for making it out of the chute but was bucked off after just 1.5 seconds with no apparent injury.

On June 30, he rode in a race car at the Atlanta Motor Speedway with Jeff Burton, who estimated he reached speeds of 150 to 160 mph.

Earlier in the offseason, Ochocinco had a soccer tryout with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer. Last year he was one of four finalists on the Dancing With the Stars television show.

Under Belichick, though, it's all football - and Ochocinco has been outstanding at that.

He's exceeded 1,000 yards receiving in seven of his 10 seasons, including an NFL-high 1,369 in 2006. Last season, he had 67 catches for 831 yards and four touchdowns.

Belichick now must work Ochocinco into the offense - and get used to his prolific use of Twitter. Ochocinco was fined $25,000 by the NFL for using the social media network during a preseason game, apologized and has followed the guidelines since.

Four days before last year's opener against Cincinnati, Belichick was asked if he follows Ochocinco's tweets. The coach smiled, and joked, "I don't do Twitter or MyFace or any of that stuff," a takeoff on MySpace and Facebook.

Now he can communicate with Ochocinco in person.

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Really whats the hype over Ochocinco going to New England. Yeah he's good but he's like T.O. all mouth and is average. Sorry its just another distraction for the pats.

Ochocinco is going to be a big distraction for the Pats. They will lose in the 1st round of the playoffs. I got the Eagles winning the Super Bowl.

i think that the eagles will get last place. THEY STINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SEATTLE IS THE BEST TEAM EVER. THEY WILL WIN THE SUPERBOWL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patriots are gonna win the super bowl by a longshot

that stinks because my cousin just left the patriots!

Go Eagles

eagles stink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!seahawks are the best!!!!!!!!!eagles have a crimnal on there team.you know who that is its vick yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!eagles are the stinkiest team in the world. a baby could could beat them. just the baby agenst there whole team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the patriots will now rule the world. period. end of conversation. we will all turn into loyal pats fans... ahhhh... that would be amazing... :D

dont count out other teams now here are some contenders for the super bowl:1.colts 2.eagles 3.saints 4.falcons 5.bears

No WAY! Bill Belicheck will make C.O. change his name back to Chad Johnson! Go Belicheck, but boo Patriots!>:-(

Go Pats !!!

Chad changed his name to ocho-cinco because in spainish it means 81.Thats dumb because his no. might not always be 81! -irondynamic

ochocinco-85
ochenta y uno -81

actually both of you are incorrect. the proper spanish for the numbers 85 and 81 would be ochenta y uno for 81 and ochenta y cinco 85.

uh, you mean 85? that would be ochouno. his number is 85, you know that, right...

Where is the popcorn. Who will claim the spotlight Tom Brady or Ochocinco?

Doesn't the popcorn belong to T.O. when he was in Dallas?

I can see he wanted out of cinnci but come on the pats ?

you spelled cinci wrong

I really hope this works out but, Ochocinco dosn't really fit the Patriot mold. They're more of a low-key team (with the press) and let their talking be done on the field. Ochocinco does both. I donno, I just think of him more of a Jet...

Jets are cocky . J-E-T-S! JETS! ARE! BAD!

ha ha i get it... yeah, he does remind me of a jet for SOME reason... can't put my finger on it... ;)

Who cares about this deal Seattle is winning the super bowl this year ya thats right SEATTLE 2012 SUPER BOWL CHAMPS and 2013 and 2014 and 2015 and so ooooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn they are unstoppable im being totally serious yessir

WHAT. THE. HECK!!!!! The Seahawks will Never win a Super Bowl. This year, the league Championships are between the 1.)Falcons vs. 3.)Bears in the NFC and
1.)Steelers vs. 5.) Jets

This is great! Go Patriots

The Patriots are going to be good

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