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'One or both' of Ocho, Haynesworth to get cut?

Posted on: August 14, 2011 10:15 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 1:02 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco are now Patriots. This is because, we're all told and we all believe, Bill Belichick is a genius, capable of controlling anyone that enters his locker room and turning a malcontent into a productive player.

But Dan Pompei, writing at the National Football Post, says the Patriots may have other ideas, and that he was told last week that "one or both" of the dynamic duo could be cut before the season begins.

"One NFL executive familiar with the Patriots ways told me he believes one or both of the big name acquisitions will be cut before the season starts," Pompei writes. "The front office man thinks coach Bill Belichick will use the controversial players to help control and send a message to his locker room."

That either could be cut isn't that shocking -- as we've previously noted, both Haynesworth and Ochocinco restructured their deals. Haynesworth is owed almost zero (!) dollars for 2011 if he's cut, and Ocho will make just $2.5 million.

Both players have their deals set up so that the money would spike in 2012 and 2013 ... if they stay around.

So will they? Well, maybe not. After all, the reason both Ocho and Big Al were such "smart additions" is that they're cheap, talented options who can still produce if they manage to fall in line.

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For my money, Haynesworth seems the more likely fella to get cut. Belichick has always been enamored of Ochocinco, who actually fits what the Patriots need offensively.

That being said, this could all be another grand scheme orchestrated by Belichick to motivate his newly acquired, low-paid, big-name veterans. (Though that's not likely; but it would be amusing.) Or it could, as Pompei was told, be designed to motivate the rest of the team.

But what it really boils down to is whether or not Belichick believes that Haynesworth and Ocho can contribute to helping this team win a Super Bowl in 2011 -- as our own Pete Prisco writes, the "real message" sent by cutting either/or of the new additions is that they can't help achieve that goal.

The money they could and should get in 2012 and 2013 is irrelevant right now, as it's certainly not guaranteed to be there at the end of the year.

And, for all we know, it might be off the table by the end of the preseason.

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Comments

Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:35 am
 

'One or both' of Ocho, Haynesworth to get cut?




Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:28 am
 

'One or both' of Ocho, Haynesworth to get cut?

destiny_driven you realize that contracts aren't guaranteed right? The Skins have paid Fat Albert the guaranteed part, the Patriots have no liability if they cut him no matter how much his contract says he is owed. Plus the Pats would never sign vets like these guys if the thought they would have to pay them big bucks.



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:23 am
 

'One or both' of Ocho, Haynesworth to get cut?

If he had plans to cut them then why even bother to pick them up.

Did you even read the article?



 Anyone who reads a newpapers or follows football can say they are "familiar with the Patriots ways"?

They can? Just reading a newspaper hardly makes one an insider.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:21 am
 

'One or both' of Ocho, Haynesworth to get cut?

This was a fracking stupid article.  A waste of time, really.  First off, I can't believe that neither Ochocinco's or Haynesworth's agents would have allowed them to restructure contracts that would potentially cut them out of their salary due them down the road.  This article makes it sound like the Patriots can cut them any time without facing that bulky back end of Haynesworth's contract.  No agent is stupid enough to allow that to happen.  If the Patriots arre responsible for paying their future years, then there is no chance in Hell that the Patriots will cut them and get nothing for taking on these big contracts.



Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:58 am
 

'One or both' of Ocho, Haynesworth to get cut?

BRINSON SAW THE CONTRACT TERMS FOR THESE TWO AND SAID TO HIMSELF, "HMMM, I CAN GET AWAY WITH A STORY LIKE THAT". CHECK IT OUT BRINSON I HAVE MORE "QUOTES" THAN YOU DO. GARBAGE




Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:57 am
 

'One or both' of Ocho, Haynesworth to get cut?

Really, this is a story?  Dan Pompei writes that "an NFL executive familiar with the Patriots ways" told hime he thinks they might be cut? Anyone who reads a newpapers or follows football can say they are "familiar with the Patriots ways"? What the heck is that. How ridiculous, reporting second-hand what what someone said about something that person has no direct contact with. This is a report telling us that someone speculated about what might happen on the Pats. This is practically "Onion" worthy.



Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:23 am
 

'One or both' of Ocho, Haynesworth to get cut?

"Let the door knob hit ya where the good Lord split ya".  Haha, classic.



Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:21 am
 

'One or both' of Ocho, Haynesworth to get cut?

why



Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:55 am
 

'One or both' of Ocho, Haynesworth to get cut?

Come on.  Are you kidding me.  Why would hoody waste his time with them if he didn't think they could help the team.  If he had plans to cut them then why even bother to pick them up.  He doesn't need them to make examples out of.   All you have to do is go back to week 4 last year and see what he did to Randy Moss.  If that doesn't register with the team then nothing will.  Everyone knows who is in charge and it's the Patriots way or you will be on your way.  Let the door knob hit you where the good lord split you, good day.Cool



Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:47 am
 

'One or both' of Ocho, Haynesworth to get cut?

I can't beleive that the Pats would just dump a player like Ocho.  Now I think that if Haynesworth is not going to make the team and Belichick wants to send a message this would be a great opportunity to do it.  It lets the other players know that if you lack motivation you'll be next (like anyone needed to know that).  The Pats have made a living off of sifting through the free agent players that are left and finding gold so if Belichick sees another player that works he could pull the trigger. 


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