Patriots acquire Haynesworth for future pick

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Patriots acquire Haynesworth for future pick

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO -- Albert Haynesworth can be a uniquely disruptive force. Now the Patriots and Bill Belichick need to make sure he limits his disruptions to Sundays between the lines. In a deal first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Patriots have sent a 2013 fifth-round pick to Washington in exchange for the 30-year-old former All-Pro.UPDATE: Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic is reporting that Haynesworth will be given a 2-year, 12 million deal with no money guaranteed.
Haynesworth was arguably the best defender in football in 2007 and 2008 when he just ruined offenses for the Tennessee Titans. The Redskins gave him a free agent contract befitting that ability (and then some) when they signed him to a seven-year, 100 million deal, The deal was set to pay him 32 million in the first 13 months and had 41 million in guaranteed Dan Snyder money. By December of that year, he was ripping the schemes of the Skins defensive coordinator. Mike Shanahan became the Redskins coach before the 2010 season and made it his mission to get Haynesworth in line. It didn't really take. From preseason conditioning run foolishness to not wanting to practice, Haynesworth was a burr in Shanahan's saddle because he didn't like the way he was being used. He was suspended for the rest of the 2010 season by Shanahan in December. Haynesworth isn't stupid. But he can be an idiot. He's got a couple of road rage incidents on his resume, is facing a sexual assault trial stemming from putting a pen back in a waitress' front pocket, once stomped on the unhelmeted head of Dallas center Andre Gurode and was involved in a traffic accident while driving his Ferrari over 100 mph. Now he's the Patriots' problem and project. He follows Randy Moss and Corey Dillon as prominent rehab cases who -- when reached by Belichick -- paid massive on-field dividends.
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Belichick: Patriots have caught up after starting offseason 'five weeks behind'

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Belichick: Patriots have caught up after starting offseason 'five weeks behind'

FOXBORO -- After starting the offseason "five weeks behind," as Bill Belichick put it, the Patriots have caught up. 

"I think we’re probably caught up to where we are now," he said before Thursday's OTA practice at Gillette Stadium. "I think it’s being behind in draft, free agency and that type of thing.

"I think at this point, we’re ready for OTAs. We’ll be ready for training camp. I think that part of it we’ll be on schedule on. It’s the catching up on all the spring projects, draft and free agency. It’s the initial part of it."

Belichick made headlines on the morning after winning his fifth Lombardi Trophy with the Patriots when he said, "As of today, and as great as today feels and as great as today is, in all honesty we're five weeks behind in the 2017 season to most teams in the league. Fortunately we have a great personnel staff

"Look, in a couple weeks we're going to be looking at the combine, obviously the draft, all-star games have already occurred, and in a month we're into free agency, not to mention all the internal Patriots players (whose) contracts are up and we're going to have to work with in some form or fashion like every team in the league does."

Leaning on evaluations of players that began in the build-up to previous drafts, Belichick and his staff opted to trade away some of this year's draft capital for veterans like Brandin Cooks, Kony Ealy and Dwayne Allen. They also gave up their fifth-rounder to sign restricted free agent Mike Gillislee.

Before heading out to the team's third practice of the week -- the first week the Patriots were allowed to introduce helmets and run offense versus defense periods -- Belichick said that part of his focus will be spent on finding out how those players he picked up this offseason are progressing.

"Yeah, that’s definitely part of it," he said. "Seeing the new players, how they’re doing and also how they’re doing relevant to the rest of the other players that I’m a little more familiar with. Again, each year is a new year, so even though we’ve seen some of these guys multiple years, it’s still starting all over again, seeing where they are, how they’re progressing in their training and preparation for the season."