He's agreed to a deal. He's got his number. What New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco doesn't have, at least not yet, is a permanent place to live.
It may remain that way for some time.
As excited as Ochocinco sounded in his comments after joining the team on Friday, he plans to rent, not buy, a home in the area for the time being, TMZ reports.
Ochocinco, 33, played 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, where he is the franchise's career leading in receiving. He officially became a member of the Patriots on Friday and apparently worked out a quick deal with tight end Aaron Hernandez to take Hernandez's No. 85 jersey.
But coach Bill Belichick noted Friday that Ochocinco is not officially on the team yet, and Ochocino plans to rent a townhouse for now, according to TMZ.
The colorful wideout has attracted criticism for his touchdown celebrations, his comments in the media and his love of social media, but he's always been a careful businessman. Few have been more savvy in parlaying their sports persona into entertainment success, and this appears to be another good financial decision pending long-term job stability in New England.
Are they examining routes or planning Ochocinco's next touchdown dance?
"At the end of the day, there comes a business side of it. You have to get in line. Everybody's time comes. I'm fine with that. I have a lot of football to play and I'm excited about what's to come."
– Defensive lineman Ty Warren reacting to his release Friday from the Patriots.
"Dang"? Sounds like somebody had a No. 85 Hernandez jersey that just became obsolete.
Hey, keeper! You forgot something.