Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/9/11

Albert Haynesworth was released by the Patriots on Tuesday

The New England Patriots released defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth yesterday, who was one the big additions of the off season.  The 6’6 350 lb. DT was no where to be seen in the second half of the New York Giants game this past Sunday and when asked about the Bill Belichick said it was a rotation situation.  Haynesworth, once known as the most dominant defensive tackles in league is now seen as one of the most under achieving, lazy football players of all time.

Last season, Haynesworth failed multiple conditioning test for the Washington Redskins which kept him off the practice field for weeks.  The Patriots acquired the former first round draft pick in hopes to revive his career like they had done for so many others.  We all thought it would be another Randy Moss or Corey Dillon situation where nobody wanted to take a shot on the player, but the Patriots turn them into an all star.  But that didn’t happen.

Belichick failed on this attempt but it didn’t come at much cost.  The Patriots gave away a future fifth round draft pick and didn’t have to pay very much, as the Redskins took on most of the defensive tackle’s 100 million dollar contract.  But Haynesworth wasn’t the Patriots only risky and headline grabbing pickup this offseason.

New England also acquired wide receiver Chad Ochocino from the Bengals.  Many thought the connection of Tom Brady to Ochocinco would become a weekly hookup and the two would put up huge numbers.  Well that hasn’t happened either and in fact, Ochocinco hasn’t recorded a catch since October 9th against the New York Jets.

Ochocinco, once one of the top wide receivers in the league and easily one of the most outspoken players in NFL history, hasn’t been able to produce anything for the Patriots.  He hasn’t caught a touchdown all year and gives people reason to believe, he is next on the list to be cut.

But I think New England should keep Ochocinco around just for security.  I know they are virtually getting nothing out of him but this team is built to go deep into the playoffs.  If for some unfortunate reason a wide out or one of the tight ends goes down, Ochocinco can step in.  He still has the ability to make plays but just isn’t fitting in the Pats offense.  I think Belichick will find ways for him to become a presence and help this team.

With Brady at the helm, look for Ochocinco to finally come alive sooner than later.  I say sooner because the Patriots are on a two game losing streak.  The team knows they have to make some slight adjustments on offense and many on defense so don’t be surprised if you see 85 making plays for this team.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jameis Winston awarded Pepsi NFL rookie of the Year

Trade Rumors: Clippers ‘reluctant’ to deal injured Blake Griffin

Bright future for Minnesota Timberwolves

Eli and Archie Manning say Peyton won’t likely leave Denver if he plays in 2016

NCAA mulls changes to graduate transfer and targeting rules

Cavs active in NBA trade market, covet Jared Dudley

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Roger Goodell expectedly dodges Patriots-related questions at Super Bowl

Baltimore Orioles acquire starting pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne

USC athletic director Pat Haden to retire in June

Report: Browns owner ‘frustrated, emotional’ about Johnny Manziel

Raiders and Texans to play MNF game in Mexico City in 2016

Goodell wants to keep Raiders, Chargers in home markets

Super Bowl 50 ticket prices are insane

Take a moment to appreciate the greatness of Cam Newton

4-Star 2018 quarterback Matt Corral commits to USC

QUIZ: Name every NFL regular season MVP

WATCH: Avery Bradley nails buzzer beater to beat Cavs

WATCH: Jimmy Butler taken to locker room in wheel chair

Klay Thompson's first five years in historical context

WATCH: Cubs' Kris Bryant went swimming with sharks

Sports Authority taking steps to file for bankruptcy

Major League Baseball threatens to disassociate from DraftKings

NFL considering moving Pro Bowl to Australia

Joe Montana warns NFL players about potential long-term damage after retirement

Report: Two people fired for leaking Jason Pierre-Paul information

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

The top six matchups that could decide Super Bowl 50

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

10 underrated performances in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

X-factors in Super Bowl 50

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in playoff hunt

QUIZ: Name the Super Bowl halftime performers since 1991

Manziel's father fears for QB's life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker