Posted by Josh Katzowitz
With the fan vitriol at a high level in Cincinnati and with his apparent feud with Bengals coach Marvin Lewis escalating, it make senses if WR Chad Ochocinco wanted to leave the city. And, for that matter, if the Bengals wanted him to leave.
Well, it’s happening.
According to Local 12’s Brad Johansen -- formerly the play-by-play announcer for the Bengals until he was unceremoniously dumped before the lockout -- Ochocinco has been traded to the Patriots for a draft pick.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy, Ochocinco’s contract had been renegotiated to a three-year deal before the deal was made.
The Bengals were slated to pay Ochocinco $6 million this year, but his skills declined last year, and with Terrell Owens in the same locker room, the two receivers weren’t very conducive to a cohesive team unit.
Ochocinco has been clamoring for a trade for the past few seasons. He finally has received his wish.
Considering the Redskins traded troubled DT Albert Haynesworth to the Patriots earlier today, you have to wonder how much ego New England coach Bill Belichick now will have to massage.
UPDATED 9:47 a.m.: As CBSSports.com's Clark Judge writes, the Patriots reportedly will send the Bengals a fifth-round pick in 2012 and a sixth-round pick in 2013.
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