Chad Ochocinco's next stop is New England after an off-season 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.
Ochocinco 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.
Green agrees to deal
Wide receiver A.J. Green, the Bengals' first-round draft choice, has agreed to terms on a four-year contract and should be on hand Friday, when Cincinnati opens training camp in Kentucky.
The move came just a few hours after the Bengals parted ways with wide receiver Chad Ochocinco.
The 6-foot-4, 211-pound Green, 22, is a native of Summerville, S.C., and was taken No. 4 overall by Cincinnati. In his freshman season at Georgia, he had 56 catches, 963 yards and eight touchdowns, and he followed that up in 2009, with 47, 751 and six.
Haynesworth to Patriots
One of the biggest free agency flops in NFL history came to an end Thursday when the Redskins shipped Albert Haynesworth to the Patriots for a 2013 fifth-round draft pick, relatively meager compensation for a two-time All-Pro with one of the most lucrative contracts ever signed. Haynesworth played in only 20 games in Washington, recording 6½ sacks.
Dolphins get Bush
The Dolphins completed a trade for Saints running back and Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush on Thursday by negotiating a new contract with him. Saints Coach Sean Payton confirmed the deal, which sends reserve safety Jonathon Amaya to New Orleans and also involves an exchange of undisclosed draft picks.
Bush agreed to a two-year contract for nearly $10 million with the Dolphins, a person familiar with the negotiations said. Bush was due about $11.8 million this season, the final year of his Saints contract.
The Titans released Vince Young on Thursday, finally cutting ties with the quarterback they made the No. 3 pick overall in the 2006 draft. Young is 30-18 in five seasons, including a playoff loss, but just 13-14 against teams finishing a season at .500 or better. He's battled questions over his work ethic, leadership and injuries.
He ended 2010 on injured reserve after suffering a season-ending thumb injury on his throwing hand Nov. 21. That was the day he tossed his shoulder pads into the stands and told off then-coach Jeff Fisher in front of the rest of the team before storming out.
Kolb dealt to Cards
The Eagles traded Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick in 2012. Kolb began last season as the heir apparent to Donovan McNabb in Philadelphia, but he went down with a concussion in the opener, losing his job to Michael Vick in the process. The Cardinals have been looking for an answer at quarterback since Kurt Warner retired following the 2009 season.
Kolb, who turns 27 next month, reportedly will sign a $63 million, five-year contract — that includes $23 million guaranteed — with the Cardinals.
Akers to 49ers
Five-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers agreed to a deal with the 49ers, leaving the Eagles after 12 seasons. The 49ers can't announce the signing until Friday. Akers, who played at Tates Creek High School and the University of Louisville, told The Associated Press it's for three years.
Akers is coming off consecutive Pro Bowl seasons, and showed no signs of slowing down last year — he set a career high with 23 touchbacks. But the Eagles drafted kicker Alex Henery in the fourth round, making Akers expendable.
Around the league
49ers: San Francisco released top cornerback Nate Clements on Thursday, clearing salary cap space while also leaving the secondary even more short-handed in the interim. The 10-year veteran started every game for the Niners last season.
Eagles: Two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson missed the first day of training camp Thursday at Lehigh University, signaling the start of a holdout. Jackson is slated to make $565,000 in base salary this season, the last on his four-year rookie deal. But he has expressed discontent about his contract on his Twitter feed.
Browns: Quarterback Jake Delhomme was unceremoniously released by Cleveland. A one-sentence statement by the team on Thursday announcing the expected move was quite a contrast to how Delhomme came to town a year ago. A severely sprained right ankle in the season opener limited Delhomme to five games last season. He lost his starting job to rookie Colt McCoy.
Texans: A person with knowledge of the deal said Houston agreed to terms with cornerback Johnathan Joseph. Houston went 6-10 last season and was desperate to land a top-tier cornerback. It was reportedly a front-runner to land Nnamdi Asomugha. The 27-year-old Joseph is three years younger than Asomugha, and intercepted nine passes in his last two seasons in Cincinnati.
Jaguars: First-round draft pick Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville's quarterback of the future, signed with the Jaguars. The 10th overall pick in April's NFL Draft signed a four-year contract worth $12 million. The deal is fully guaranteed and has an option for a fifth year.
Bears-Panthers trade: Chicago traded tight end Greg Olsen to Carolina for an undisclosed 2012 draft pick. The trade Thursday night is part of a major overhaul at the position for Chicago. A first-round draft pick in 2007, Olsen has 194 catches for 1,981 yards and 20 touchdowns in his career.
Lions: First-round draft pick Nick Fairley signed a four-year deal worth "right around $10 million," said Brian Overstreet, Fairley's agent.