Report: Haynesworth, Ochocinco deals restructured


Report: Haynesworth, Ochocinco deals restructured Staff Follow @csnnewengland
It was expected that Albert Haynesworth would restructure his deal when the Patriots traded a 2013 fifth-round pick for him, and now we know the new terms.

The Patriots have, according Jason Cole at Yahoo!, restructured Haynesworth's deal over the next two seasons. He was due to earn 5.4 million in base salary in 2011, but his base salary has been reduced to 1.5 million this season.

From Yahoo!:
Haynesworth can earn all the money and more back in incentives. He will earn 1 million if he plays in 20 percent of the plays and an additional 590,000 when he hits 45 percent, 50 percent, 55 percent, 60 percent and then 65 percent.Haynesworth, who signed a seven-year, 100 million deal with the Redskins in 2009, can also earn 400,000 if he makes the Pro Bowl. Thats a total of 5.85 million if Haynesworth hits all of his incentives.
Haynesworth's contract extends through the 2012 season, and he is due a base salary of 6.7 million in 2012, according to multiple reports.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke with media Wednesday and discussed bringing Haynesworth on board.

"I met with him. And you know, Ive learned in life and in business that people sometimes have different agendas," Kraft said. "I met with him and I like the guy, so I take people as he didnt come here for the money; he came here to be part of a team and win and I think in some ways, improve his reputation. Like a lot of meetings I have with these guys, I found him to be genuine and sincere so now I hope he gets out on the field and does his thing."

Chad Ochocinco, although seemingly less of a risk, also had his contract restructured through 2013. According to reports, Ochocinco's base salaries are 1 million in 2011, and 3 million in both 2012 and 2013.

ESPN Boston has reported that though Ochocinco restructured his deal to make less from his base salary, he got a signing bonus of 4.5 million. Ochocinco is scheduled to earn base salaries of 3 million apiece in 2011 and 2012, and he can earn an additional 100,000 in workout bonuses, according to the report.

Kraft is a fan of Ochocinco's, and seems to be amused by his wanting to live with a fan for a couple of weeks to get acclimated with the city.

"Well, first of all, you have to love the guy," Kraft said Wednesday. "I have people e-mailing me who would like to host him. Im not sure I want the responsibility, except someone prominent here in Foxboro has offered to be his host."

Kraft wouldn't say who the "prominent" name was though.

The restructuring of those two contracts along with the six-year contract extension of Logan Mankins ended quite a busy day for the Patriots on the business side of things.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

00:43 - Rob Gronkowski says he's ready to go against the Texans. Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Kayce Smith talk about this risks of him playing while injured.

05:47 - Phil A.Perry follows up the Gronk discussion with a deeper breakdown of Gronk’s decision to play this Sunday.

10:02 - David Price appears to be easing back into baseball after pitching Friday night. Evan Drellich joins BST to talk about Price’s outing in Cincinnati. 

16:12 - The BST crew recaps the Red Sox win over Reds. Drellich returns to analyze how the pitchers performed and how that will impact the Red Sox postseason stretch.  

Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance


Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance

This actually won’t be the first time that Danny Amendola had to wait to follow up a strong season-opener with the Pats. 

As the veteran receiver aims to return Sunday from a concussion and knee injury after leaving the Pats’ Week 1 loss early and missing Week 2 altogether, he’ll try to build a Week 1 performance that saw him lead the Pats with 100 yards on six receptions. 

The stop and start is somewhat reminiscent of Amendola’s first year with New England in 2013, when he had 10 receptions for 104 yards in the season-opener. He suffered a groin injury in that game, however, and didn’t play again until Week 5. At least the wait is shorter this time around. 


“I mean, there’s going to be bumps and bruises along the way, but that’s football, right?” Amendola said Friday. “But I feel really good today, feel strong, so get ready tomorrow and just continue to prepare.”

In that first game back in 2013, Amendola again led the Pats in receiving yards, but it was in a terrible offensive showing for New England. All it took was four receptions for 55 yards to be the Patriots’ best receiver in a 13-6 loss to Cincinnati in which Tom Brady had a rare scoreless game. 

If Amendola can pick up where he left off in Week 1, the Pats will be in good shape. They’re also expected to have Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan ready to go, but Amendola was Tom Brady’s most reliable weapon in the Chiefs game, even though Brandin Cooks made a bigger impact with two pass interference penalties drawn in the red zone. 

Not known for his durability towards the end of his time in St. Louis, this will be the fourth of Amendola’s five regular seasons in New England in which he didn’t play in all 16 games. He played the full season in 2014, 14 games in 2015 and 12 games in 2013 and 2016. 

With Julian Edelman out, Brady could certainly use Amendola’s services as often as possible. That’s especially if he plays the way he did in Week 1.