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Which Patriots Trade Do You Like More: Chad Ochocinco or Albert Haynesworth?

The New England Patriots made two huge moves on Thursday, acquiring a pair of former Pro Bowlers in separate trades. Early Thursday morning it was announced they had acquired disgruntled Albert Haynesworth from the Redskins for a 5th-round pick in 2013. Later in the day they pulled off a deal for Chad Ochocinco, trading two future picks (a 5th in ’12 and a 6th in ’13) to the Bengals for the wide receiver.

Haynesworth is set to make $5.4 million but it’s not guaranteed, meaning the Pats can release him anytime without owing him anything. Ochocinco agreed to restructure his contract and signed a three-year deal with the Pats. The terms of the deal have not yet been released.

So I ask you the question, which deal do you like more?

I’m thinking Albert Haynesworth has the potential to impact the Patriots more. Haynesworth was signed to a monster deal by the Redskins in 2009 because he’s a force on the defensive line. His last few seasons with Tennessee he was a Defensive Player of the Year candidate. His ability to bust through blockers and pressure the quarterback frees up his fellow lineman, the stats have shown us. Simply put, if Haynesworth is motivated, he’s a game-changing presence on defense.

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Sneaky Patriots Acquire Albert Haynesworth in Trade with Redskins

Just like the New England Patriots to sneak in and pull off a game-changing deal. Adam Schefter reported early Thursday morning that the Patriots acquired defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth from the Redskins for a fifth-round pick.

Haynesworth signed a seven-year $100 million deal with the Redskins in ’09 but it was a poor fit from the start. He was limited to 12 games his first season in Washington and then he missed the team’s off-season activities as they transitioned under a new coaching staff. Haynesworth was upset they were switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense and didn’t want to play for the team. When he finally showed up to camp, he was out of shape and failed his conditioning test.

Haynesworth was deactivated late last season and eventually suspended without pay. His saga in Washington has finally ended with a trade to New England.

The acquisition by the Patriots is eerily similar to the one they made in 2007 with Randy Moss. Moss was a malcontent in Oakland and many people thought he was done. The Pats gave up just a fourth-round pick and ended up getting All-Pro production.

Haynesworth has similar character issues to Moss and similar talent. If there’s any place that can whip him into shape, it’s New England. The only issue is convincing Albert to fit into the Patriots’ scheme, which is also a 3-4. As long as he’s willing to bring his A-game, this is the pass-rushing weapon the Pats have been lacking since trading Richard Seymour to Oakland.

Report: Albert Haynesworth Accused of Sexual Abuse by Waitress

Albert Haynesworth has had plenty of football problems since joining the Washington Redskins.  He was said to be a lousy fit in their 3-4 defensive scheme early on.  He was deactivated for a game for being one minute late to practice.  Head coach Mike Shanahan eventually had enough of the $100 million man and suspended him for the remainder of the season.  Lately, Albert has been in trouble with the law.

Haynesworth was charged with assault over the weekend for a road rage incident that occurred on Feb. 2.  On Monday, sources told WRC-4 in Washington that he was accused of sexual abuse by a waitress working at the W Hotel in Washington.  Naturally, Haynesworth’s agent is denying that there is any truth to the allegations.

The report filed by the waitress states that “Subject 1″ — whom WRC has reason to believe is Haynesworth — went to pay his bill with a credit card but asked if it was okay to stick the card in the waitress’s blouse near her breast area because her hands were full with glasses.  The report says she indicated it was okay, but the accused then starting pushing the card further to the left and touching her inappropriately.  Classy, huh?

Assuming this was Haynesworth, it should come as no surprise.  This is a guy that has gone out of his way to prove he’s one of the biggest morons in the NFL over the past year or so.  If indeed true, this latest piece of information would only add to his infamous legacy.

Redskins Suspend Albert Haynesworth for the Season Without Pay

As it turns out, the Washington Redskins are not going to cut Albert Haynesworth before the end of the season.  They’ll likely cut him at the conclusion of the season, but for now they have decided to suspend their $100 million man without pay.  If the decision stands once the NFLPA reviews the case, Haynesworth will not suit up for the final four games of the season and will miss out on roughly $850,000 in salary.

The decision comes after the relationship between Haynesworth and the Redskins’ coaching staff has gone from bad, to worse, to down right horrendous.  The most recent episode involved reports that Haynesworth was benched on Sunday for being a minute late to practice the previous Friday.  Other reports indicated the defensive tackle was “too sick to practice” on Friday because he was hungover.  Naturally, Haynesworth said those reports were bogus.

According to the Washington Post, Redskins general manager Bruce Allen informed Haynesworth of the decision on Tuesday morning because Albert is no longer speaking to Mike Shanahan.  The childish decision to give his coach the cold shoulder seems to have been the last straw for Haynesworth in Washington.  Here’s some of what Shanahan had to say about the suspension:

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Report: Redskins Likely to Cut Albert Haynesworth This Week

albert-haynesworth-redskinsThe Redskins are going to look very silly if they release Albert Haynesworth, but the situation in Washington seems to be irreversible.  When Mike Shanahan benched Haynesworth on Sunday for being a minute late to practice the previous Friday, you had to believe the end of a horrible relationship was drawing near.  It looks like the ‘Skins are finally going to give up on a free agent signing gone terrible.

According to Pro Football Talk, via Chris Russell of ESPN 890 in Washington, D.C., the Redskins are seriously considering cutting Haynesworth and there is a 75 percent chance the move will happen before this weekend.  The Shanahan-Haynesworth relationship has seemingly gone from bad to worse since training camp, with the most notable confrontation revolving around the defensive tackle’s inability to “pass” Shanahan’s conditioning test.  Shanahan and his coaching staff even termed Haynesworth’s play “awful” in the preseason.

You can pin the blame for the sour relationship on Haynesworth or Shanahan, but it won’t really matter if the Redskins cut him.  All that matters is Washington signed him to one of the most lucrative deals in NFL history and ended up with nothing to show for it.  Had they traded him during training camp, they could have at least received a draft pick in return.  Releasing the 330-pounder will be admitting an epic mistake for the Redskins’ franchise, which has struggled enough as it is lately.

Albert Haynesworth Deactivated for Being One Minute Late to Practice?

Albert Haynesworth was ruled inactive for Sunday’s game between the Redskins and Giants, but reports as to why have been mixed.  Orginally, the Washington Post reported that Mike Shanahan decided to deactivate Haynesworth because he missed Friday’s practice with an illness.  The Post also noted that he was healthy enough to play.

Pro Football Talk is now reporting, via Kelli Johnson of CSN Washington, that Haynesworth was one minute late for practice on Friday.  Piecing together the various reports gives us the impression that Shanahan benched Haynesworth for being late, which should come as a surprise to absolutely no one.

Shanahan and Haynesworth have had a sour relationship since day one, as evidenced by the entire conditioning test saga.  His teammates don’t seem to be very fond of him either and it’s been said that he’s a terrible fit for a 3-4 defensive scheme.  If Haynesworth is still in a Redskins uniform by training camp next year, there will be a lot of surprised people around the NFL.

Jim Haslett: Albert Haynesworth in 3-4 Defense is Square Peg in Round Hole

One of the biggest stories this off-season was Albert Haynesworth’s refusal to appear at off-season activities for the Washington Redskins. The team had paid him a $21 million bonus but Albert was reluctant to participate because he didn’t feel like the team’s switch to a 3-4 defense fit him well. After embarrassing Haynesworth with conditioning drills, the defensive tackle is finally playing with the team and guess what? They’ve admitted the 3-4 defense is not a good fit for him!

“Trying to get him to do the 3-4 stuff was trying to get a square peg into a round hole. We were trying to force the issue,” [defensive coordinator Jim] Haslett said. “Obviously, it hasn’t worked out the way we would like. I still think he can do it, ’cause he’s a good athlete and he is athletic and tough enough to do it. I think he just needs more time doing it. … The good coaches in the league are smart enough to know that you try to get a guy to fit the system, but there’s no reason why you can’t change the system to fit the guy.”

I never agreed with the way Haynesworth handled his business — if he wanted to play in a different system, he shouldn’t have cashed his bonus check. Once he cashed the check, he should have joined the team in workouts and been a model teammate. Still, the Redskins were hurting themselves by dicking Albert around and not using him during games. The big man had a monster game against the Bears this past weekend and is a difference-maker. They’re only hurting themselves by not playing him or getting the defense to fit him better. Now that he’s on the field consistently, Washington is much more of a defensive threat.