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Chad Ochocinco

I'LL PAY ANYTHING TO WEAR

#85 ON THE PATRIOTS

7/29/2011 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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He's been traded to a new team ... but Chad Ochocinco DOES NOT want a new jersey number -- and sources close to the NFL star tell TMZ .. he's willing to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to sport #85 for the New England Patriots this season.

Problem is .... the number currently belongs to Patriots STUD tight end Aaron Hernandez -- who rocked #85 in 2010 ... when he DOMINATED all season long.

We're told Ochocinco -- who CHANGED HIS LAST NAME to match his jersey number a few years ago -- wants to PAY Hernandez to give up the digits ... and sources say Chad feels "no number is too high."

FYI -- jersey numbers don't come cheap -- it cost Clinton Portis a cool $18k to buy the #26 from a teammate when he was traded to the Washington Redskins a few years ago.

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Kobe_No_Means_No    

Herenandez did not dominate 2010.

1094 days ago
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Nate    

Herenandez did not dominate in 2010 and is not a stud...

1094 days ago
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Kobe_No_Means_No    

Herenandez is not a stud.

1094 days ago
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Cujeaux    

Wouldn't it be easier for him to take a number that's available and change his name to Quatrocinco?

1094 days ago
5.

Chris    

Hey Chad? I'll give you 5 bucks to STFU....sick of hearing about you already.

This fool will do anything to get on the headlines....go marry Kim Kardashian you both are attention whores.

1094 days ago
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SJ    

Aaron will change his number to 81 which is his college number and Chad will pay him to do so. The only reason Aaron isn't wearing 81 now is because Randy Moss was wearing it, but now that Moss is gone he can obviously wear 81.

1094 days ago
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Superman    

Actually, Clinton Portis agreed to pay $40K for the jersey number. $20K upfront, then an additional $20K in 2 installments. The thing was that the guy, Ifeanyi Ohalete, got cut by the Redskins before Portis paid the other $20K. Ohalete sued Portis. Portis agreed to pay another $18K. So, Portis ended-up paying $38K for the #26 jersey number. BTW, Portis became one of the richest RBs ever with an 8-year, $50.5 million Redskins contract (including a $17 million signing bonus) and Ohalete was making about $375,000.

As much as some of these guys get paid, they ought to fork over more than $38K. If that jersey number is so important to you, then a cool $1 million should do it. Usually, it's the prima donnas that want to get the jersey number from a lesser known player. And guess what? Those greedy sc*mbags are unwilling to pay for it!

1094 days ago
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some guy    

Instead of wearing 85, he should just change his name to Chad Ochopendejo.

1093 days ago
9.

Mike    

Immediately saying you will "pay anything" is not a good bargaining position.

1093 days ago
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some guy    

Hmmm... never seen TMZ put up so many NFL stories before. How much is TMZ getting paid for all this PR work?

1093 days ago
11.

pancake    

how about sesentinueve (69) for your favorite position with T.O.

1093 days ago
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JimmyCrapCorn    

Looks like Jennifer was right.

1093 days ago
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who-Dey    

Hey, Chad JOHNSON, you're not in Cincinnati anymore and NE isn't going to put up with your stupid showboating BS, so don't expect Herenandez to be the only person in the decision on whether or not he accepts your offer for 85. Unfortunately, you now have to start thinking about FOOTBALL. Before you leave Cincinnati, ask your boy, TO, how the big "it's all about me" attitude in an actual, working franchises worked out for him...

1093 days ago
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Sandra    

He'd better be careful. Didn't he ever see the movie starring Wesley Snipes and Robert DeNiro "The Fan"?

1093 days ago
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TheDjinn83    

Chad sure has a hard on for that number, the man changed his last name to ochocinco for crying out loud. Hell if he's willing to pay for it then let the man have it.

1093 days ago
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