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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Cyrus Jones: 'I'll never take credit for something I don't feel I contributed to'

Cyrus Jones: 'I'll never take credit for something I don't feel I contributed to'

It was a tough rookie season for Cyrus Jones after being selected by the New England Patriots in the second round of the the 2016 NFL Draft.

Despite struggling in the return game all season and being inactive for the playoffs, Jones will forever the labeled as a "Super Bowl Champion" after his team's victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

But you won't hear Jones bragging about the victory.

"I'll never take credit for something I don't feel I contributed to," Jones told Childs Walker of the The Baltimore Sun. "I was part of the team, but I didn't feel a part of it."

The 23-year-old rookie played in 10 games for the Patriots, seeing 147 snaps on defense. But his struggles in the return game were a talking point for most of the season after he came in with such high expectations as a returner out of Alabama. 

"Honestly, it was hell for me," he explained. "That's the only way I can describe it. I didn't feel I deserved to be part of anything that was happening with the team. I felt embarrassed that these people probably thought they wasted a pick on me."

Jones has already turned the page on his rookie season saying, there's "no such thing as an offseason" because he "didn't earn it."

Robert Kraft profiled on this week's 'Real Sports' on HBO

Robert Kraft profiled on this week's 'Real Sports' on HBO

Robert Kraft is a bit taken aback when he walks into a room at Gillette Stadium and sees the Patriots' five Lombardi trophies lined up.

"Wow. That's the first time I've seen five trophies there," he tells Andrea Kremer on HBO's "Real Sports" in a interview that will air as part of this week's episode Tuesday at 10 p.m.

"A lot of people have their big dreams and get knocked down and don't have things go their way," Kraft says, "And you never give up hope and you really just hold on to it. Hard work and perserverance. You just keep getting up and getting up and then you get that breakthrough. I think that's what happened in overtime down in Houston. And that's lessons in life that are good for anyone." 

Here's an excerpt: