NEPD Staff Writer: Doug Kyed
In a not so surprising move, the Patriots have released DT Albert Haynesworth today.
The move was likely made due to a confrontation Haynesworth had with defensive line coach Pepper Johnson after Haynesworth showed a lack of effort in the third quarter against the Giants.
The Patriots traded a 2013 5th round pick to the Redskins for Haynesworth in July.
I assumed a move was going to be made along the defensive line after DE Brandon Deaderick and DT Ron Brace were both recently activated off the PUP list. I figured it would either be Shaun Ellis or Haynesworth. Haynesworth has been more productive in limited time, but I can understand not wanting Haynesworth to start acting Haynesworth-esque.
It’s pretty interesting, this team is starting to look more and more like the team we saw last year. With such a limited free agent/off season period, it makes sense that Belichick was basically trying out Bodden and Haynesworth over the last eight weeks. Not only trying them out, but also trying out their personalities with the rest of the team. Obviously they weren’t melding, so they had to go.
The Patriots will move forward with Vince Wilfork, Kyle Love, Ron Brace and Gerard Warren at DT. None of those players are the same kind of pass rusher that Haynesworth is, so the defensive ends will have to continue to step forward.
It will be interesting to see what the corresponding move will be. I wouldn’t be surprised to see another CB on the 53 man roster. I’m doubtful that Haynesworth will find another spot on an NFL roster. If Belichick can’t tame him, I’m sure anyone is up to the task.