According to multiple league media outlets, the Patriots have acquired former Redskins and Titans defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth for a 5th Round pick in 2013, pending Haynesworth passing a physical.
For Haynesworth, the move comes after a tumultuous journey from being an All-Pro in Tennessee to a pariah in Washington. His failed conditioning tests and lack of motivation, combined with an enormous contract, were the fuel for many a sports-writers fire.
However, it looks like the Patriots will not be on the hook for any guaranteed money, due to his holdout from camp last year.
At 6’6″ and 335, the athletic Haynesworth is easily the closest thing to Richard Seymour that the Patriots have had since Big Sey was sent packing to Oakland. Haynesworth prefers to play in a 40 (4-3) front, but if motivated, should dominate as a DE in a 30 (3-4) front.
A 3-man front of the newly-healed Ty Warren, Vince Wilfork, and Albert Haynesworth would be a formidable task for any offensive line in the league to deal with.
A 4-man front of Warren, Wilfork, Haynesworth, and perhaps Eric Moore would be equally impressive.
Ron Brace, Mike Wright, Brandon Deaderick, and Myron Pryor have all shown flashes of being able to be a starting DL for the Patriots, but injuries and inconsistency have kept them from becoming “the guy”. With Haynesworth in the fold, this should give these players another year or two to develop their skills as a backup.