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Chad Ochocinco To Patriots Has Been A Long Time In The Making

Chad Ochocinco is finally a member of the Patriots. It took him long enough, didn't it? Ochocinco and Bill Belichick have been fascinated with one another for a long time now, making one writer wonder what took so long to bring them together.

Chad Ochocinco, what took you so long? Ochocinco became the second high-profile player to join the New England Patriots via trade this offseason when coach Bill Belichick acquired the talented but controversial wideout in exchange for two future draft picks.

But what took them so long? It's been known for a long time that Ochocinco has a man crush on Belichick, and the feeling is mutual for Belichick. If the two have been fond of each other for so long, why are they only uniting now?

Think of what could have been. Ochocinco alongside Randy Moss heading into the 2007 season, ready to lead the Patriots to an undefeated season, or maybe even two or three. Ok, probably not, but you get the picture.

If Belichick and company had found a way to make a trade for Ochocinco much sooner, you could make the case that the Pats would have another Super Bowl title or two.

Of course, it's not a given that the Bengals would have given Ochocinco up - they wanted to win games, too, you know. With Carson Palmer under center, and Terrell Owens on the other side, Cincinnati had plenty of chances to win with.

Yet there had to have been something the Patriots could have given up to get him - some draft pick or player that the Bengals could have had their eyes on. We'll never know now, but it would have been worth considering at least.

Now, just like Haynesworth, there's no guarantee that it will work out. Both players have had their run-ins with the league, but just like bringing in Corey Dillon and Randy Moss, it very well could work out.

Bill Belichick has a knack for righting players in the wrong, and maybe that's why Ochocinco has captured his fascination. 

But we no longer have to wonder. Ochocinco is finally in New England. Let the show begin.