Patriots Land Haynesworth & Ochocinco In Wild Day
While other NFL teams were going crazy with trades and signings, the Patriots sat silent without making any moves. Well, the wait is now over. Early this morning ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Pats made a BIG acquisition (pun-intended) by trading a 2013, fifth-round draft pick to Washington for defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. Two things come to mind when hearing about this trade. One, is Bill Belichick crazy for bringing in a ‘lazy’ defensive tackle? And two, how did the Patriots manage to get him for just a fifth-round draft pick?
Either way, Haynesworth will be joining the Pats 3-4 defense alongside Vince Wilfork and Ty Warren. Combined, those three guys weigh 960 pounds.
But for Belichick and the Pats it’s pretty simple. If Haynesworth turns out to be good, Patriots Nation will continue to praise him as a genius; and rightfully so (disregard 4th down in Indianapolis). If the big man turns out to be a bad, the Pats will just part ways with him as they did with Randy Moss last season. All New England is losing is a 5th round draft pick, so it’s essentially a win-win for them.
Surely nobody expected this, but I think football fans have learned not to doubt the man in the grey hoodie. Many are looking at this move in comparison to previous ones by the Pats such as: Corey Dillon, Rodney Harrison, and Randy Moss. Out of those players, Haynesworth will be the toughest to manage, but New England has a great coaching staff that will keep him in shape. Figuratively that is.
What people are forgetting is –besides a couple of bad years in Washington–Haynesworth has been one of the better defensive linemen in the league. Sure he only played in eight games last year, but then again he played for a 6-10 struggling Redskins team.
The Patriots are a different organization, and despite him not being a fan of the 3-4 defense, I think he can do well in New England. Wilfork also seems to think so as he told media, “I think he’s a great player, hell of a player. I had a chance to play in the Pro Bowl with him. I think he’s a great athlete.” Ty Warren also spoke to the media in Foxborough saying that Haynesworth has “freakish ability.”
But, of course, Belichick took the more humble approach when speaking about the acquisition as he stated, “We’ll talk about him [Haynesworth] when it’s finished, if it’s finished. Not there yet.” The deal is not actually complete, but from the reports it seems likely to happen. If it does happen, Haynesworth will have to pass a physical, which is a scary thought within itself. But what’s even scarier is a running back trying to get through nearly 1,000 pounds of linesmen.
The AFC East will be tougher this year with the Dolphins acquiring Reggie Bush and Kyle Orton. The Jets resigned Santonio Holmes and are chasing arguably one of the best corner backs in the league, Nnamdi Asomugha. And, well, the Bills will always be the Bills.
Along with Haynesworth, the Pats also resigned RB Sammy Morris, and OG Logan Mankins. New England also signed their sixth-round draft choice Markell Carter, who will fill in for Tully Banta-Cain (released earlier this week). Apparently, there are even some rumors that Chad Ochocinco has been hinting via Twitter about coming to the Patriots as well. I won’t get too much into that just yet, but stay tuned because the craziness is only going to continue!
6:30 PM … Well, that didn’t take long. Looks like Chad Ochocinco is officially a New England Patriot. Chad had previously tweeted about eating some good clam chowder which led to some speculation about the move. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bengals will receive two draft picks, one this year and one next season. And the Pats will sign Ochocinco to a three-year deal. Last year while playing alongside Terrell Owens, Ochocinco had 67 receptions for 831 yards and four touchdowns. Not to forget, he had Carson Palmer throwing him the ball. This year he will be alongside: Deion Branch, Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, and Aaron Hernandez. Oh, yeah, and the golden boy Tom Brady will be throwing him the ball.
How in the world did the Pats manage to get Haynesworth and Ochocinco in the same day for a few draft picks? Yeah, I have no clue either but I told you not to doubt the man in the grey hoodie. Chad’s antics on-and-off the field is going to bring a whole new personality to this team, which should be interesting to see. Belichick and the Pats sure have their work cut out for them with these two new players. If they can be kept under control, — which they probably will — the Patriots are going to be the team you don’t want to face. (As if they weren’t already)
So Patriots Nation how’s that for making some noise? Now, my question is what number will Hernandez wear?
“In Bill we Trust!”