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.