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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, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 12:34 am
 

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

Why not cut both,  they don't make the Pats any better!  Ones fat and lazy and the the other is all hype!  Both nothing but trouble!!



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 12:28 am
 

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

Really? People are still talking about the cheating? Really? Get a life, people.



Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 11:37 pm
 

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

It is a smart move if true, because it also keeps other teams from getting them until they evaporate their salary caps. I am not a patriot fan or a coach belli... fan but it is a slick move.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2011 11:32 pm
 

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

You are sooooooooo right that the Pats cheated.YOu also forget that the Steelers of the 70's, the Raiders of the 70's and 80's cheated.Remeber steriods and cocaine were illegal for atheletes even then.Yes cocaine is a preformance enhancing drug also. Well lets count the teams that cheated with illegal drugs.The Cowboys,steelers,Redskins,Raiders,Broncos,Chargers,Jets,(remember Mark Gasteneu)..So everyone was doing it will be your arguement,well guess what,when the Pats were taping games everyone else was doing it and there were six coaches who admitted that,So to all you who want to still bl;ast the Pats,pull your head out of your mudd hole because everyone was doing it,they just won the Superbowl.



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2011 11:23 pm
 

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

Wait a minute, they brought them in to cut them to scare everyone? Everyone from Pricko to that b_ut_t_munch Skip Gayless said these guys would be the difference, making the Patsies the clear favorites in the AFC. Who they looking at next, Deion Sanders?



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2011 11:12 pm
 

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

Gotta love the people on here who look for grammatical errors in posts. I guess when you have no real friends you get familiar with stuff that no one actually cares about like how others type online. Chad Johnson does act childish but reading some of his tweets the man at least makes some sense with what he says. 90 percent on here have no clue what the hell their talking about and only post when someone makes a spelling mistake. Like people really care if they left out a period or typed "u" instead of "you". If being a spellchecker is the only skills you got, I suggest becoming a teacher and grading papers and leave everyone else alone.



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2011 10:58 pm
 

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

Ocho's 2nd grade intellect is two grades higher than the intellect of the kid (it can't really be an adult) that typed this run-on ridiculous comment. Belichick cheats? Well, he also uses periods. 



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2011 10:38 pm
 

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

Belichick CHEATS, Ocho cares only about his TV Shows that have 2nd grade intellect following and Haynesworth is too slow, too fat, and too dumb to be what he once was, they all took the money and now are in semi-retirement, Belichick is even worse since he only wins by cheating.



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2011 10:37 pm
 

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

Belichick CHEATS, Ocho cares only about his TV Shows that have 2nd grade intellect following and Haynesworth is too slow, too fat, and too dumb to be what he once was, they all took the money and now are in semi-retirement, Belichick is even worse since he only wins by cheating.



Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 10:18 pm
 

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

Belichick is like LaRussa,should've retired by now.



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