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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
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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: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2011 2:48 pm
 

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

It always amusing to me that "character" issues were never a problem until "certain" people started making milllions playing football and professional sports. All the womanizers, "cokers", bad guys were never an issue until recently. Tell me this, outside of the Spurs,(they even had Stephen Jackson and Mario Ellie for some of their runs) there aren't very many franchises that win Championships that don't have a few "characters" on their teams. I see guys on here with Logos like the Detriot Lions, Washington Redskins, Arizona, etc. How's that character thing working out for you? The Atlanta Falcons have a bunch a character guys but they aren't going anywhere. All the "character" Mike Shanahan suposedly brought to the Denver Broncos, how has that worked out since those two Hall of Fame worthy years that Terrell Davis ran the ball worked out. Name me an exclusively "character" driven organization and I'll name you an organization that isn't winning very much. The New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox aren't that concern with whatever character is supposed to be. How about the Lakers, Patriots, Jets. Mark Cuban has taken several chances on guys to play with the Dallas Mavericks to become champions. We live in a society that has four years olds playing sports to win at all cost, but as soon as guys that "society" doesn't like start making money to play sports, athleticism goes out the window for "character".



Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 2:46 pm
 

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

So WILL BRINSON....you admit that someone has already barfed up an article regarding the issue:

 ", the "real message" sent by cutting either/or of the new additions is that they can't help achieve that goal."

What did you add that was new or credible, because "sources" that are "executive" can be a secretary. And you say they are familiar with their ways? Familiar? A fortune teller secretary?

Will...your articles are continuing to be the garbage of this site. You sloppy seconds hoar you!!!




Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 2:45 pm
 

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

I Also Heard That Brady Was Going To be Traded. Well,,, Maybe Not. And That Farve Was In For A Physical And BB tried To Trade Bruschi But Forgot That He Retired. What a Lame Article!



Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 2:42 pm
 

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

It wouldn't surprise me that Albert Haynesworth couldn't make it with the Patriots because I watched him for two years in D.C. with the Redskins and the guy isn't a real team player. He doesn't buy into the concept of being part of a team. It's all about Albert and screw his teammates, that's the vibe this guy puts off. I watched him lay on the field and give halfhearted effort way to many times and I'm so glad he's gone. 



Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2011 2:40 pm
 

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

What a waste of an article.  We've all known since Day one on both deals that neither of these two guys was a lock to make the team.  So what's new here???



Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 2:35 pm
 

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

Go ahead and cut them and you'll be playing aginst them with the EAGLES in the superbowl.



Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 2:33 pm
 

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

I Agree, Who Comes Up With This Crap?



Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 2:07 pm
 

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

Both of these guys are individualists who know nothing of the team concept.  Surprised the Patriots bothered to pick them up. If you need two washed up has  beens to motivate others on your team, you're in big trouble. Though, knowing Belichick I doubt that's the case. Maybe he can turn one, or both of them araound.  Doubtful though.   Players like this are a distraction to the team, and neither one of them will be with the Pats by mid-seaeson.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2011 1:59 pm
 

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

i dont see any of them being released, BUT if they should keep one, i would keep Haynesworth for one year because he actually will likely try hard to TRY to get another 100 million dollar deal (Newsflash Albert it WONT happen again) and IF Haynesworth is cut, he should expect one year deals for the rest of his career because i cant see teams signing him to long term deals.



Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 1:51 pm
 

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

Both these clowns will be on the roster opening day. This is not a story. Why write a article on your opinion and then half way through say it might not even happen? Dumb article 


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