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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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Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2011 4:56 pm

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

Looks like the Pats fans on this message board are sweating a Maybe you losers should have held off on ordering those hasbeens jerseys. LOL

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2011 4:44 pm

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

I wouldn't be stunned if one or both were cut.  That's an extremely competitive camp, with a lot of guys who can play, and play well.  I think both of them are there on the probationary basis that if they play as they both played about five years ago, they can make the team, and make some pretty nice money next year--but if they're washed up, or their attitudes are bad, good-bye.  This is a team that just sliced and diced another team 47-12 without putting any of their stars on the field.  The second echelon on the Patriots could start on some teams at most positions.  But there was a time when Albert Haynesworth was the most dominating defensive tackle in the league for the Titans. Chad Ochocinco was once a top-of-the-line receiver.  If they can show BB that they can still do it, they'll stay; if they can't, they won't.

Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 4:38 pm

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

This whole story is BS.

Since: Aug 1, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 4:36 pm

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

Let me see if I have this straight.  Some national beat writer is writing that some other national beat writer was "told" by somebody else that Ocho or Haynesworth MIGHT be cut.  Oh yeah, this is one HIGHLY credible story.  How much "stuff" has to be flung at a wall by these writers before something sticks (or stinks) and then they will jump up and down and take credit for it.  The Patriots have 18...yes 18 defensive linemen on the team right now.  Only 8-9 will be kept.  WOW! This is some indepth scoop reporting if Albert is cut!!!

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2011 4:24 pm

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

This is one stupid article and i can't believe some one had enough ignorance to write it.

Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 4:11 pm

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

I had the "pleasure" of watching Ocho Stinko during his stay in the Queen City. He is a cancer that should have been removed from the Bengals lockerroom some time ago. Had the Bengals had an owner that knew his ass from his elbow he would have been cut. Good riddance. Bill B. is so much smarter than Mike Brown that you wonder what he saw in 85. It won't end pretty Boston. Hope that it ends soon.

Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 3:52 pm

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

Please Washington and Cincinatti pay these guys and it's horrible, New England signs same two troubled guys and it's Superbowl.Hope New England tank!!

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 3:35 pm

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

But I thought you gave them an 'A' this offseason?

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2011 3:21 pm
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Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2011 3:16 pm

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

It sounds like another desperate attempt by CBS and the media to generate news and controversy on another slow news day. This is getting so old. I'm not buying any of this motivational team junk.

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