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.

Patriots reportedly deal Derby to Broncos for fifth-round pick


Patriots reportedly deal Derby to Broncos for fifth-round pick

The Patriots pulled off a rare deal with a rival on Tuesday. 

According to ESPN, they've sent tight end A.J. Derby to the Broncos in exchange for a fifth-round pick. 

Derby played in 33 offensive snaps over four games this season for the Patriots. A sixth-round draft choice in 2015 out of Arkansas, Derby spent most of his rookie season on injured reserve. 

One of the stars of the preseason for the Patriots, Derby caught 15 passes for 189 yards in four exhibition games. A former college quarterback for Iowa and Arkansas, Derby was named a practice player of the week by the Patriots when they were hurting for healthy signal-callers early in the season during Tom Brady's suspension.

The deal leaves the Patriots somewhat thin at the tight end position. They now have now true tight ends behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett. They do, however, have fullback James Develin, who meets with tight ends on a daily basis. On the practice squad, the Patriots have another fullback in Glenn Gronkowski. 

In Denver, Derby will compete with tight ends Virgil Green, Jeff Heuerman and John Phillips for time.

Patriots acquire linebacker Kyle Van Noy from Lions


Patriots acquire linebacker Kyle Van Noy from Lions

The Patriots acquired Kyle Van Noy, who was the Lions’ 2014 second-round pick and starting linebacker this season, on Tuesday. 

Why former Pats executive Bob Quinn would send a starter East for what is reportedly just a conditional draft pick is something we’ll try to ferret out.

The Patriots were no doubt interested because they lost Jonathan Freeny to IR with an injury, rookie Elandon Roberts is an undersized thumper (Van Noy is 6-3, 252) and Shea McClellin is well, just… there so far.

Van Noy has two years remaining on his rookie deal so -- provided he shows something -- he could be around awhile. The move -- one week before the trade deadline -- is a familiar one from the Patriots who added players like Jonathan Casillas and Akeem Ayers in 2014 prior to their Super Bowl run.

This story from last season indicates that Van Noy’s lack of production in his first two seasons with the Lions was merely a matter of circumstance. 

Perhaps. We’ll find out soon enough. Meanwhile, the name Van Noy made me perk up because I remembered him as having a central role in the excellent book The System by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian.

Read the excerpt on Van Noy here. It will give you a better understanding of the road he’s traveled.