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Report: Pats looking to restructure Ocho's deal

Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:41 pm
Ochocinco on the 2011 season: 'I bought into the Patriot Way, and it paid off.' (AP)
By Josh Katzowitz

With the disappointing season Chad Ochocinco had with the Patriots in 2011, it wouldn’t have been a surprise if New England cut ties with Ochocinco, especially considering the organization will have to pay him $3.1 million for each of the next two seasons.

In fact, it probably would have been MORE surprising if Ochocinco actually took the field (or was inactive but on the roster) for the Patriots in 2012.

Now, though, it seems like the Patriots might want Ochocinco back, as Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal reports New England has approached Ochocinco about restructuring his contract.

Ochocinco's highs and lows
You have to imagine that Ochocinco probably would jump at the opportunity to play with New England again. After all, when he was traded from the Bengals to the Patriots, he had to restructure his deal in order to make the transaction go through. Considering it seemed he had wanted to play for Bill Belichick for many years, Ochocinco was more than willing to do so.

Ochocinco wasn’t nearly as bombastic this year -- probably because he had the worst year of his career -- but he seemed to enjoy the Patriots system. A pretty good indication of that is when he said recently, "I bought into the Patriot Way, and it paid off."

And who knows? Maybe in his second year in the Patriots system, he could begin to reach the heights he once knew in Cincinnati.

But at a much, much cheaper price.

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Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 2:01 pm

Report: Pats looking to restructure Ocho's deal

Maybe you are right = we'll see = But I still think he should go and join ''Fat Albert'' where ever he is now that the Bucs have dumped him.

Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:44 am

Report: Pats looking to restructure Ocho's deal

Ochocinco on the 2011 season: 'I bought into the Patriot Way, and it paid off.'

When 85 says it Paid off means he got PAID for sitting on the bench.

here is a guy who does not want to humbel himself and be founl in the Arena Leagues getting his head spun around like a top from a DB with anger management and silver spoon issues.

So keep up the good work staying on inactive list and 15 for 32... where is the HOF jacket now?

Tired of the hype in 2010     &

Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:32 am

Report: Pats looking to restructure Ocho's deal

I hope this is a case of what seperates Bill B from schlubs like me, and not the terrible mistake that it appears to be to my untrained eye.  So many high quality Free Agent WRs available, even a lot of fair-to-middlin' ones that have shown more talent and drive than Ocho did last year.  We have cap space to invest in one or two (Lloyd seems like a natural fit given his relationship with McDaniels), but it's not like it's a major need with Welker, Branch, and the TE tandem we have.

Unless he's willing to go the Edelman route and learn to be a cornerback, or put on 50 pounds and learn to rush the passer, I don't see what the point is in keeping him around.  I kept waiting during the Super Bowl run for BB to unleash him as a secret weapon, like he'd been holding him back the whole time to add a new wrinkle the opposing defenses wouldn't be able to account for.  Instead our SB opponent's FB looked like a superstar by comparison.  I hope I'm proven the fool, but I'll have to wait to see it to believe it.

Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:41 am

Report: Pats looking to restructure Ocho's deal

He had 15 catches last season! 15! Why restructure when you can obviously just cut his weak ass? Ahh yes, I remember when he thought he was HOF bound. What a chump!

Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 7:50 am

Report: Pats looking to restructure Ocho's deal

The Pats will keep him and he's going to be good. He just needed a year under his belt in a normal organization and now that he understands what it means to be out of a dysfunctional team, he'll be good.

Since: Feb 27, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 2:32 am

Report: Pats looking to restructure Ocho's deal

Yeah, I don't think so. The coaching staff must have seen something on the practice field because it certainly wasn't ANYWHERE to be found on Sundays. With Gronk and Welker and HErnandez gobbling up passes and forcing defenses into figuring out how to cover them, 85 should have been able to make an impact. the fact that he didn't, as a member of a prolific passing team, is certainly a warning flag.

But then again, Belichick is a who knows. Color me surprised if 85 has a significant role on the Patriots in 2012.

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