Tag:Albert Haynesworth
Posted on: August 11, 2011 12:04 am
 

Haynesworth, Ochocinco restructure their deals

A. Haynesworth and C. Ochocinco restructured their contracts with New England (AP).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Aside from the big news that Patriots G Logan Mankins signed a six-year deal with his team, there was other important contract reports emanating out of New England on Wednesday.

Namely, that potentially high-impact (but certainly high-ego) players restructured their contracts in order to help the team save some cap money.

That’s the word from ESPN.com’s Mike Reiss, who writes that DL Albert Haynesworth and WR Chad Ochocinco signed news contract that will pay them less this year and more in 2012 and 2013.

For Haynesworth, he’ll make $1.5 million this season with no guaranteed money, and as Reiss explains, that means the Patriots could cut Haynesworth tomorrow and owe him virtually nothing (this almost assuredly leaves Redskins coach Mike Shanahan gnashing his teeth in frustration). New England will pay him a base salary of $6.7 million (with another $500,000 in bonuses) for 2012.

In Ochocinco’s case, the team will pay him $2.5 million this season (that’s a base salary, plus a roster bonus), and if he sticks around, the Patriots would pay him a combined $9 million for 2012-13. But the $2.5 million is a cheap price to pay for a man who potentially still has elite skill in his legs and hands but also might be getting old.

And as Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole points out, considering Haynesworth was originally supposed to make a base salary of $7 million and that he still can make significant money with incentives, the Patriots have the best of both worlds.

In order for him to get paid, Haynesworth has to play and play well. As we all know, that simply wasn’t the case in Washington, where he was going to get paid tons of money no matter how much -- or how well -- he played. Not surprisingly, you can say this: advantage Bill Belichick.

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Posted on: August 7, 2011 12:44 pm
Edited on: August 7, 2011 9:42 pm
 

Former Jets DE Shaun Ellis signs with Patriots

Posted by Ryan Wilson

UPDATE, 9:30 p.m. ET: Andre Carter, 32, announced on Twitter Sunday night that he too has signed with the Patriots. As Rotoworld notes, it's the latest indication that New England could be featuring  the 4-3 defense more in 2011 than they have in recent years.  Carter played the previous five seasons with the Redskins where he had just 2.5 sacks in 2010, but registered 11 sacks in 2009, and 10.5 in 2007.

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Defensive end Shaun Ellis spent his entire 11-year career with the Jets. An unrestricted free agent once the lockout ended in late July, Ellis has found a home, signing with the New England Patriots, sources tell the Boston Globe. The deal is for one year and contingent on Ellis passing a physical.

The Patriots have been busy reshuffling their defensive line in recent weeks. They cut Ty Warren, traded for Albert Haynesworth, and signed Mark Anderson on Friday.

Ellis' position flexibility could make it easier for the Patriots to move between 4-3 and 3-4 fronts. (Worth noting: as Bill Belichick pointed out last week, New England has played both a 4-3 and 3-4 during his tenure, although personnel usually dictates formations.) 

The Globe's Greg Bedard breaks down what the acquisition could mean for New England's defensive line:
Ellis has line versatility but expect him to make his biggest impact in subpackages at defensive tackle in a rotation with Vince Wilfork and Albert Haynesworth. Ellis killed the Patriots in the first and third matchups last year, and they often doubled him in the second game. He is an outstanding guy in the locker room. Ellis give the Patriots another player who can beat the guy in front of them one-on-one, and without the benefit of scheme. The Patriots did not have enough of those players last year. Good signing.
If Ellis, who registered 36 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 2010, is so valuable why did the Jets let him walk? For starters, he's 34. New York also drafted Muhammad Wilkerson and Kentrick Ellis, both defensive linemen, with their first two picks. And Wilkerson is expected to be the starter in Week 1.

The Jets offered Ellis a one-year, veteran minimum contract last week but he said he wanted to weigh his option. And apparently he has because now Ellis is a member of the Patriots.

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Posted on: August 2, 2011 9:07 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 7:06 am
 

Colts give Tommie Harris 1-year deal

Posted by Ryan Wilson

For as much as the NFL Draft and free agency are about emerging young talents, either entering the league or getting that big second contract, it's also about veteran players coming to grips with the reality of a sport notorious for short, injury-filled careers.

It wasn't long ago that Tommie Harris was one of those emerging young talents. An undersized defensive tackle from Oklahoma who relied on his quickness to get into the backfield and disrupt an offense's rhythm, Harris was selected by the Bears with the 14th overall pick in the 2004 draft.

A three-time Pro Bowler and runner-up in Defensive Rookie of the Year voting, injuries slowed Harris in recent years and the Bears released him in February 2011.

On Tuesday, Harris agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Colts, where he will play in a defense similar to the one the Bears ran during his time there. Harris also visited the Patriots, who eventually landed Albert Haynesworth for the NFL roster equivalent of a bag of doughnuts. (The going rate for a dozen Krispy Kremes? A fifth-rounder.)

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Posted on: July 31, 2011 10:35 am
 

Huzzah! Haynesworth passes conditioning test

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A day after he failed his conditioning test -- or didn’t take it, depending on who you believe -- new Patriots DL Albert Haynesworth has, in fact, accomplished something that took him many, many tries last season in Washington.

He was in good enough shape to pass the conditioning test that will allow him to practice.

That’s the word from the Boston Herald, which writes that Haynesworth actually might not have taken the test Saturday (even though coach Bill Belichick certainly gave the impression that Haynesworth didn’t pass it).

Either way, Haynesworth is scheduled to be on the practice field Sunday for the Patriots.

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Posted on: July 30, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Things stay same: Ochocinco talks, Albert fails

C. Ochocinco meets the media for the first time (AP).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You might have heard something about the Patriots making some pretty interesting moves during free agency in the past few days. For one, they traded two low draft picks to the Bengals for WR Chad Ochocinco. For two, they acquired somewhat-moody, rarely in-shape Albert Haynesworth from the Redskins.

Luckily for you, we’ve got news on each new Patriots player and how they’re handling their new surroundings.

1) Chad Ochocinco met with the New England media today for the first time, and it’s clear the Patriot-ifcation of the outspoken WR has already begun. He said he probably won’t say much to the media going forward, and then afterward, he asked for a group hug (that latter point is very un-Belichickian, by the way).

“I will always be me,” Ochocinco told reporters in quotes distributed by the team. “It has been a part of my game to always be me, but there is a certain way the Patriots do it and it’s easy for me. I’ve always been a chameleon, so I am going to blend in and do it the Patriot way, which is win. ... There is no need for some of the stuff I did before. There’s no need for it.”

I guess that means he won’t be sending opposing DBs little presents in the week before their games, and I guess that means he won’t be celebrating touchdowns in quite the same way. And as WR Wes Welker would advise him, Ochocinco also probably shouldn’t share any good Rex Ryan foot-fetish jokes he’s heard.

Either way, Ochocinco feels recharged.

“It’s hard to maintain a high level of productivity when things are always up and down,” he said, “The thing about this place [is that] it’s consistent. …  There is only so much that I can control and the position that I was in. In Cincinnati I did the best I could to my ability, and I did it in sort of a noisy way and that says a lot for me -- to be able to talk it and still walk it. To be able to come here, regardless of who is in, they get it done here. I call it riding the wave; I am going to enjoy it.”

He’ll enjoy it while wearing his old No. 85.

“This was Mr. [Aaron] Hernandez’s way of greeting me here,” Ochocinco said. “He gave me the number and I didn’t have to pay anything, I just shook his hand and I said, ‘Thank you.’ … I drive a Toyota Prius, so I was going to let him use my Prius on the weekends, and that’s about the best I can do right now. I have some left over McDonald’s coupons since I don’t eat there anymore.”

2) The reports coming out of New England also say that, perhaps not surprisingly, Haynesworth didn’t pass his conditioning test Saturday. Though Belichick didn’t confirm or deny that, he did say Haynesworth isn’t ready to play quite yet.

“There are things we still need to do with Albert for him to be able get on the practice field and when those things are done, he’ll be out there,” Belichick said.

Good to see that Haynesworth has learned from his past mistakes.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:51 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Ty Warren cut by Patriots, is 'moving on'

Posted by Will Brinson

The Patriots are making moves, folks. There's a pair of little trades you may have heard about over the past few days that saw them acquire Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth. And then Friday, there was the release of several big-name veterans.

The Pats announced that they've cut Tully Banta-Cain (as reported/expected), Alge Crumpler, Tony Carter, Ryan Coulson, Marcus Stroud, Nick Kaczur and, most surprisingly, defensive lineman Ty Warren.

The team also announced that they've signed third-round pick Ryan Mallett and fifth-round pick Marcus Cannon.

Warren is obviously the biggest surprise there, and while early speculation seemed to be that he might return to the Patriots on a lesser deal, his statement to the Boston Herald on Friday afternoon tells a very different story.

"I appreciate the Pats through the years," Warren said. "They're doing some things defensively and choose to go in a different direction. I thank the Krafts for the opportunity and drafting me in 2003. It was a pleasure.

"I will be moving on to bigger and better things. We are sorting out and will look forward to wearing a contending NFL team jersey this fall."

Warren was slated to make just south of $6 million in 2011 (thought that wasn't his cap number), missed the entire 2010 season due to injury and appeared headed to the PUP list to start the season.

So it's entirely possible he and Crumpler return at cheaper prices. However, according to Charean Williams of the Dallas Star-Telegram, Warren is interested in "returning home to play for the Cowboys or Texans."

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 5:58 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 9:48 am
 

Ochocinco traded by Bengals to Patriots

Ochocinco, BelichickPosted by Josh Katzowitz

With the fan vitriol at a high level in Cincinnati and with his apparent feud with Bengals coach Marvin Lewis escalating, it make senses if WR Chad Ochocinco wanted to leave the city. And, for that matter, if the Bengals wanted him to leave.

Well, it’s happening.

According to Local 12’s Brad Johansen -- formerly the play-by-play announcer for the Bengals until he was unceremoniously dumped before the lockout -- Ochocinco has been traded to the Patriots for a draft pick.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy, Ochocinco’s contract had been renegotiated to a three-year deal before the deal was made.

The Bengals were slated to pay Ochocinco $6 million this year, but his skills declined last year, and with Terrell Owens in the same locker room, the two receivers weren’t very conducive to a cohesive team unit.

Ochocinco has been clamoring for a trade for the past few seasons. He finally has received his wish.

Considering the Redskins traded troubled DT Albert Haynesworth to the Patriots earlier today, you have to wonder how much ego New England coach Bill Belichick now will have to massage.

UPDATED 9:47 a.m.: As CBSSports.com's Clark Judge writes, the Patriots reportedly will send the Bengals a fifth-round pick in 2012 and a sixth-round pick in 2013.

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Posted on: July 13, 2011 11:58 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 12:21 am
 

Redskins will be busy in free agency

ShanahanPosted by Josh Katzowitz

The Redskins weren’t big-time players in free agency last offseason -- though they did make a pretty big-time trade for Donovan McNabb, which didn’t exactly, um, work out for anybody -- but NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora writes that the previous attitude will change once the lockout ends.

Apparently, the primary objective for coach Mike Shanahan is to sign wide receiver Santonio Holmes, though you can be sure the Jets will put up a fight for him, while players like Ravens G Marshall Yanda, Packers DL Cullen Jenkins and Jets DL Kris Jenkins also are wanted by the Redskins.

LaCanfora writes that the team very well could land the Jenkins brothers, because neither will be as in demand as Holmes and Yanda.

If the Redskins were to sign Holmes, there’s a decent chance that WR Santana Moss -- who’s been in Washington for the past six seasons -- would not return (though he has stated that he wants to stay with the Redskins).

Not surprisingly, the team doesn’t plan to keep McNabb or DL/troublemaker Albert Haynesworth. Washington most likely will release McNabb once the lockout is over. But the Redskins still will want to find somebody who will take Haynesworth in a trade, in part because they don’t want Haynesworth to get his way and in part because they want to control where Haynesworth plays next year (ie. not anywhere in the NFC East).

But as LaCanfora writes, this will be a big offseason for Shanahan, because he “already has fallen under scrutiny following clashes with top players and acute struggles on both offense and defense during his first season in Washington.”

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