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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: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:33 am
 

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

I really don't see Ocho getting cut as New England can really use a #1 wideout. Ocho may talk alittle but he produces on the field. Now Haynesworth is a different story as he is lazy and a problem in the locker room. More than likely it will be Haynesworth not Ocho who gets cut and that is not going to send a message to anyone as Hayneworth is already know as damage goods.



Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:24 am
 

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

@YnkeeH8r, You know what they say, once a cheater always a cheater! Why are you so defensive. Stand by your team and pretend they never cheated!




Since: Aug 28, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:14 am
 

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

Who cares?  They don't need them!



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:10 am
 

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

Ochocinco caught a 75 yard bomb in practice.

Wow. He just sealed his Hall of Fame enshrinement.



Since: Feb 20, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 7:22 am
 

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

This is a complete B.S story -- both Haynesworth and Ocho will make the Patriots squad. Just this week, Pepper Johnson (defensive-line coach) has gushed about the work/personality of one Mr Albert Haynesworth, while Ochocinco caught a 75 yard bomb in practice. Whomever started this story, might want a job with the Bational Enquirer....Let's Get real.




Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 6:09 am
 

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

How is this a story?  Remember the good ole days of the non-stop fluff about the lockout....seems exciting after reading this garbage.



Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 5:08 am
 

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

Thats good old Bill 4 ya!!! Idoit of the NFL!! ThePats will win 10 games at best. I love it!



Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 3:23 am
 

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

So, what's the theory being proposed? That the Patriots signed these two just so Belichick could cut them in a public display to show the rest of the team who's boss?

I should think the rest of the team already knows. And even if this was what the Patriots planned, all it tells me is that the players are right to try to take every last penny they can get from these teams.



Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 2:57 am
 

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

I know this is free, and I'm not one to complain about free things, but bring me some news when there is some news to bring.  I don't want to hear "Hey! There may be some news later!"

Making stories out of rumors and speculation is just poor journalism.  Every sentence had an "if" or a "maybe".  It's just awful.




Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 12:35 am
 

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

EIther one or both may get cut but if they do, they got cut because they r old & useless.


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