BY SEAN DONOVAN
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Friday that Chad Ochocinco will 'absolutely' remain with the Patriots for the 2012 season.
Ochocinco is fourth among active players in both career receptions and career receiving yards
The Patriots have been busy this free agency period, especially in regard to their recieving corps. Matthew Slater and Deion Branch were re-signed, and Wes Welker was given the franchise tag. They will be joined by free agent aquisitions Brandon Lloyd, Anthony Gonzalez and Donte' Stallworth.
New England's current receivers have 12 Pro Bowl appearances between them. All Pro quarterback Tom Brady will have some quality options in addition to star tight end Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, even if not all of these players make the final roster.
Another addition is Spencer Larsen, a former Broncos fullback. Patriots' offensive coodinator Josh McDaniels knows Larsen from his time as the head coach in Denver.
A 2008 sixth round draft pick out of Arizona, Larsen has never been a huge threat to run the ball but could be a factor on special teams or as blocking back. He played his first year in the league at middle linebacker and switched to offense the following season.
The Patriots also re-signed restricted free agent quarterback Brian Hoyer to a one-year, $1.92 million contract. Hoyer has only taken 43 snaps in three seasons as Tom Brady's back up.
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