INDIANAPOLIS -- Chad Ochocinco made no secret about his desire to come back to the Patriots next season for the second year of his three-year, $11.5 million contract, which includes a $4.5 million signing bonus agreed to in July.
"You [expletive] right. Can I curse? Don't bleep it, I'm just being me. [Expletive] right," Ochocinco told reporters Wednesday morning.
"Let me address this, the New England Patriots is an elite organization where everything is in house and always stays in house, it's like Fort Knox. There are no leaks, no sources, so claimed, going around the league. There's no such thing. So, with the media, with the fans, with everyone else, is their public opinion on what they feel might be the problem. They don't know what goes on behind closed doors. Nobody does," he said.
Ochocinco caught just 15 passes and one touchdown this season, his first with Patriots after a late summer trade from Cincinnati landed him in Foxboro.
Is the system difficult, Ochocinco was asked.
"No, there's no system [problem]," he said "I'm extremely intelligent, extremely intelligent. Football sense, life, the way I carry myself, the things I do, we can all see I have sense, I'm smart. It's just that it didn't play out the way it was supposed to play out."
Ochocinco was also asked about his relationship with quarterback Tom Brady.
"We're dating," he joked with a straight face. "First year of a marriage is always rough."
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