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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Jets lose, Patriots guaranteed 1st place in AFC East when Brady returns

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Jets lose, Patriots guaranteed 1st place in AFC East when Brady returns

When Tom Brady returns to the Patriots following his four-game suspension, his team will be in sole possession of first place in the AFC East.

That became the reality as soon as the Jets fell to the Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday, 24-3. The Jets committed eight turnovers in the loss to fall to 1-2. 

The Bills and Dolphins each won their first games of the season on Sunday, taking down the Cardinals and Browns, respectively. 

With the Patriots record at 3-0 following their win over the Texans on Thursday night, and with all three of their AFC East rivals sitting on just one win thus far, even if Bill Belichick's club was to fall to Rex Ryan and the Bills in Week 4, it would still be alone atop the division.

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Surely the Patriots would like to have a zero in the loss column when Brady returns. Regardless, to be in first place when Brady's Deflategate punishment is finished -- and having achieved that mark with two different starting quarterbacks -- has to be a point of pride for the organization . . . and a source of agita for those who doled out the punishment.

Rex Ryan: 'If Belichick's playing quarterback, we're coming after him'

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Rex Ryan: 'If Belichick's playing quarterback, we're coming after him'

Must be Bills week. 

After Rex Ryan's club put together an impressive win at home over the Cardinals, 33-18, it wasn't long before the Bills coach was yapping about the Patriots and their coach Bill Belichick.

Ryan was asked about the quarterback situation in New England since both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett are dealing with injuries at the moment. Who might the Bills see when they visit Gillette Stadium?

"Look, I can sit back and say I don’t care who plays quarterback, cuz I know (Tom) Brady ain’t," he said. "I don’t care who plays quarterback; Steve Grogan can play quarterback. If Belichick’s playing quarterback, we’re coming after him. I promise you that."

There's no indication yet as to whether or not Garoppolo or Brissett will be unavailable for Week 4. When asked about his level of concern when it came to his quarterbacks, Belichick didn't say much during a conference call on Sunday

Ryan, like the rest of us, will probably have to wait for the Patriots to release an injury report before he learns about the status of either young passer. And until then, he'll have to prepare for both.