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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Faulk: Brady thanked me for wearing his jersey at NFL Draft

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Faulk: Brady thanked me for wearing his jersey at NFL Draft

Many -- most? -- of Tom Brady's teammates, and ex-teammates, feel the same as the denizens of Patriots Nation: That the future Hall of Fame quarterback has been unfairly railroaded in the kangaroo court of Roger Goodell and Ted Wells and the NFL.

Unlike the rest, however, Kevin Faulk had the chance to do something about it.

He made an unmistakable statement when, while making one of the Patriots' picks at the recent NFL Draft, he whipped off his jacket and displayed a Patriots jersey adorned with Brady's No. 12. And he punctuated it with a look of total defiance on his face.

Pats fans loved it. And so did a certain quarterback.

Brady called Faulk and, according to the ex-running back, told him: "Thank you for just showing the respect that we had for each other."

"That was all it [was]," Faulk said Tuesday morning on Toucher & Rich. "It wasn't [a] big, drawn-out deal, nothing like that. It was, 'Thank you.' . . .

"We may not talk every day, but whenever we do pick up the phone to call to each other, we can help each other out."

Still, Faulk admitted to nerves prior to the moment, Until . . . 

"[I] went to the green room right before they take you to the stage," he related. "And the girl who took me to the green room, she was a New England Patriots fan. And she was like, 'I love it!' So that just gave me that much more . . . confidence.

"It was like, 'Let's go do this!' "