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Highlights from Tom Brady’s media session: On Chad Ochocinco and more

07.29.11 at 11:33 am ET
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FOXBORO — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shared his thoughts on camp and the new receiver in town as he chatted with the media after the first of two practice sessions Friday at Gillette Stadium. Here are some highlights, with more to come:

On the acquisition of Chad Ochocinco:

“I’ve known Chad for a long time. I’ve watched him for a long time, and he brings a lot of energy to the team. We’re looking forward to everyone being out there and trying to get better.”

On his reaction to the trade:

“I’ve [seen] a lot of trades and a lot of transactions over the course of my career. Guys have come and gone, and I’m always excited to get great players.”

On what he likes about Ochocinco as a player:

“He’s been a very prolific receiver. I think he’s had a bunch of production over the years. Hopefully he can come in here and find a role on this team, as we’re all trying to do. We’re all trying to come out here and see what we can make of this year, and see what kind of role we can make for ourselves.”

On his relationship with Ochocinco:

“I think I met him at the Pro Bowl a long time ago. He’s just fun to be around. He loves football. That’s why guys do well here, because they love the game, they love to compete. They show up and they want to win. I think to be a good player on this team, you have to put the team first. The Troy Browns, the Tedy Bruschis and Rodney Harrisons, those guys always set a great example, and an example that I learned from over the years. That’s really what the veteran players have always tried to be here.”

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Ryan Mallett tweets that he’s signing with Patriots

07.29.11 at 10:05 am ET
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It appears the Patriots third-round pick, quarterback Ryan Mallett, is ready to sign on the bottom line and join the team Friday.

The former Arkansas signal-caller tweeted, Headed to sign my contract. I can’t wait to get out there. #blessed #livingmydreams.’s Christopher Price had reported that Mallett was close to inking a four-year deal with the team on Thursday night and that he would possibly be able to join the Pats the following day. While in college, Mallett threw for 3,869 yards and 32 touchdowns his junior year for Arkansas before deciding to forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft where he was taken 74th overall by New England.

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Steelers cut offensive lineman Flozell Adams

07.29.11 at 10:01 am ET
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The Steelers cut right tackle Flozell Adams Friday, a story first reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Scott Brown. Adams, 36, was due $5 million this season, and Brown wrote that the Steelers might try to bring him back at a reduced salary.

Adams was a mainstay of the Steelers offensive line for the 2010 season, starting all 16 games. In 13 NFL seasons, he has missed just 14 starts.

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Patriots close to deal with third-round pick Ryan Mallett

07.29.11 at 12:38 am ET
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The Patriots and quarterback Ryan Mallett were close on a deal Thursday night, so close that the rookie could be in camp and ready to go as soon as Friday morning, according to a source. Mallett, who was taken with the 74th overall pick in the draft, is apparently set to sign a four-year deal. The 6-foot-7, 253-pound Mallett had 3,869 yards and 32 touchdowns this past year with the Razorbacks, but character questions caused him to fall to the third round of the draft.

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Patriots officially announce two more draft picks in the fold

07.28.11 at 8:34 pm ET
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The Patriots officially announced the signings of third-round draft choice Stevan Ridley and seventh-round draft choice Malcolm Williams. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. Here’s a portion of the press release issued by the team on the agreements:

Ridley, a running back from Louisiana State, was selected by the Patriots in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the 73rd selection overall. Ridley, 5-11, 225 pounds, became the 13th player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season with 1,147 rushing yards in 2010. His 15 touchdowns runs in 2010 tied Kevin Faulk (1997) for the fourth most in team history.

Williams, a defensive back from Texas Christian University, was selected by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the 219th selection overall. Williams, 5-11, 200 pounds, originally signed with Oklahoma but ended up at Trinity Community College before going to Texas Christian University for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He contributed at safety and special teams at Texas Christian.

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List: Most memorable Chad Ochocinco moments

07.28.11 at 7:51 pm ET
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So by now, you know that Chad Ochocinco is coming to New England as the Patriots have acquired the six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver in a trade with his former team the Bengals. Whatever opinion you have about the deal and how Ochocino will or will not help the Pats in the pursuit of their fourth Super Bowl championship, one thing is for certain: The flamboyant, charismatic wideout will certainly bring a flavor all his own to the New England sidelines.

Here’€™s a look back at some of the most memorable moments we’€™ve seen from Ochocinco during his 10 years in the NFL:

10. Off the field

We’€™ll get to the on-the-field moments ‘€“ and there are plenty of them ‘€“ in a moment, but this list wouldn’€™t be complete without a place for Ochocinco’€™s off-the-field behavior. While it should be stated that usually when off-the-field stuff comes up in NFL circles, it’€™s in a negative context, usually dealing with run-ins with the law or Tom Brady‘€™s hairstyle. That certainly isn’€™t the case with Ochocinoc, but his antics off the field are a bit nutty.

There was his stint on Dancing with the Stars last year (2:45 to see him actually dance):

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Reports: Patriots acquire wide receiver Chad Ochocinco

07.28.11 at 5:49 pm ET
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Wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has been dealt to the Patriots, according to multiple media reports. In 10 seasons in the NFL ‘€” all of them with Cincinnati ‘€” the 33-year-old out of Oregon State has 751 catches for 10,783 yards and 66 touchdowns. A six-time Pro Bowler, Ochocinco best season was 2005, when he had 97 receptions for 1,432 yards and nine TDs. According to ESPN, Ochocinco has accepted a restructured three-year contract from the Patriots.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Cincinnati will receive two late draft picks from New England in return for Ochocinco — a pick in 2012 and one in 2013.

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