AP Source: Former Vol Albert Haynesworth traded to Patriots

In this Oct. 18, 2009, file photo, Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth sits on the bench during the NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Landover, Md.

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In this Oct. 18, 2009, file photo, Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth sits on the bench during the NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Landover, Md.

ASHBURN, Va. — One of the biggest free agency flops in NFL history came to an end Thursday when the Washington Redskins shipped Albert Haynesworth to the New England Patriots for a 2013 fifth-round draft pick, relatively meager compensation for a two-time All-Pro with one of the most lucrative contracts ever signed.

The trade was confirmed by a person familiar with the deal who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither team had formally announced the trade.

The move rids the Redskins of a two-year distraction who did little to justify his standing on the field and was in constant legal trouble away from it. Haynesworth played in only 20 games in Washington, recording 6½ sacks. Last year, he constantly feuded with new coach Mike Shanahan and was suspended for the final four games for conduct detrimental to the club.

The deal also completes the second half of a much-needed task for Shanahan in the compressed few days between the end of the NFL lockout and the start of training camp. The two big-name malcontents from last season — Donovan McNabb and Haynesworth — are gone, just in time for the players' official report date Thursday. The Redskins worked out a deal to trade McNabb on Wednesday, sending him to the Minnesota Vikings for a sixth-round draft pick in 2012 and a conditional sixth-round selection in 2013.

Haynesworth was guaranteed a then-record $41 million in the seven-year, $100 million contract he signed in the early hours of free agency in 2009. On the same day, he infamously declared: "You're not going to remember Albert Haynesworth as a bust."

But he'll be chronicled as just that — the biggest free agency mistake in Dan Snyder's 12 years as Redskins owner, quite an achievement considering the money Snyder overspent on underachievers such as Deion Sanders and Adam Archuleta.

Now Haynesworth is headed to the Patriots to play for another controlling, Super Bowl-winning coach, Bill Belichick, who has a new reclamation project to undertake. Randy Moss and Corey Dillon are among the players who found new life in New England after their careers appeared on the wane.

"He'll see how we do things around here, point blank," New England defensive lineman Vince Wilfork said. "We had guys come through here with a rap sheet and (people) say he can't be handled, this guy can't do this and, you know what, it worked out fine for us. So I don't think it will be a big problem."

Haynesworth's problems accelerated when Shanahan was hired in early 2010, launching a battle of egos that never ceased. Haynesworth skipped offseason workouts because he didn't want to play nose tackle in the 3-4 defense the new coaches were installing, voicing instead his preference for a scheme that would showcase his talent and help achieve his goal of becoming "the best defense tackle to ever play this game." Shanahan told Haynesworth to go find another team, contingent upon giving up a $21 million contract bonus due on April 1.

Haynesworth kept the money and stayed on the roster. He boycotted a mandatory minicamp, drawing a $10,000 fine and the public ire of several teammates. He became a league-wide punch line when he needed 10 days to pass a conditioning test at the start of training camp, then lost his starting job and became a marginal role-player. He played in only eight games last year before Shanahan suspended him with four games to play, citing a litany of issues that amounted to insubordination.

Meanwhile, Haynesworth's legal problems kept piling up. At one point last summer he was juggling as many four court-related matters at the same time, including lawsuits from a bank, an exotic dancer, a man injured in an automobile accident, and complaints from his ex-wife that he wasn't paying her health insurance or their children's bills.

In May, Haynesworth reached an out-of-court settlement after being accused of a road-rage attack in Virginia. He still has pending a misdemeanor sexual abuse charge, stemming from an accusation that he fondled a waitress at a hotel bar in Washington. He has pleaded not guilty, and the case is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 23.

But at least his football future now lies in another city. The Patriots aren't expected to announce the trade before Friday, subject to a physical and conditioning test.

Of course, last year Haynesworth's conditioning test turned into its own soap opera.

"Obviously, from the outside looking in you can see that Albert wasn't really happy in his situation," New England defensive end Ty Warren said. "And, really, at the same time all you see is what goes on on the outside and sometimes that's only half of the truth. So I don't think (his arrival) is going to be a problem, with the structure of this locker room, the guys that's in this locker room."

More details as they develop online and in Friday's News Sentinel.

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VOLliven2it writes:

Ought to be an interesting ride in New England if...they don't deal him to someone else.

Volunteer-Varmint writes:

How long before traffic in Bosten causes him to kill someone because of road rage?

Virgil_Tutwiler writes:

Hate to say this because I'm not a Haynesworth fan, but the drama in DC had as much to do with the Redskins and Mike Shanahan playing "games" and grandstanding in an attempt to embarrass Albert.

So Albert goes to one of the least "professional" organizations to likely the most professional of programs.

Albert Haynesworth is a man-child slacker who needs almost constant motivation but he was right in that his skills and talents were poorly suited to the proposed 3-4 defense that DC was installed. A system that would lead to eventual perceived underachievement.

Albert handled the situation poorly but the Shanahan pre-season conditioning grandstanding poisoned the relationship irrevocably.

Can't stand you Albert and especially since you're going to Pats. But good luck

Go Steelers!

VOODOOley-2011 (Inactive) writes:

I'd trade him for a pair of socks and a player to be named later. JERK and a Bully, He's no longer a former VOL to me.

dpvolfan writes:

in response to Virgil_Tutwiler:

Hate to say this because I'm not a Haynesworth fan, but the drama in DC had as much to do with the Redskins and Mike Shanahan playing "games" and grandstanding in an attempt to embarrass Albert.

So Albert goes to one of the least "professional" organizations to likely the most professional of programs.

Albert Haynesworth is a man-child slacker who needs almost constant motivation but he was right in that his skills and talents were poorly suited to the proposed 3-4 defense that DC was installed. A system that would lead to eventual perceived underachievement.

Albert handled the situation poorly but the Shanahan pre-season conditioning grandstanding poisoned the relationship irrevocably.

Can't stand you Albert and especially since you're going to Pats. But good luck

Go Steelers!

When your paid 100 million dollars you should do whatever the team asks. I have no problem with Shanahan's pre-season conditioning regimen considering the fact, Haynesworth had the option of getting his unconditional release had he not picked up a $ option before training camp. He picked it up, failed to show up, and cemented his legacy as a head case and underachiever. Sad to see a vol act like him.

DERELICK_MY_VOLS writes:

He is a bum....worthy of a 2013 5th round pick....how insulting lol. Just another reason to hate New England even more.

hamneggs writes:

INGENIOUS! At the least they lose a 5th round pick. Or they shore up their defensive line and he returns to his pro bowl form of Titans days. There's a reason the Patriots have been the most successful franchise over the last ten years in the NFL.

dpvolfan writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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You should be Athletic Director. You have found the problem that everybody has been seeking. "Bashing Haynesworth's character" is the reason the Vols will never be on top. Nobody is doubting the man's ability to play or his contributions to the University of Tennessee football program. Fact of the matter is though he's not the kind of person you want representing your team or University.

givehim6 writes:

Do not like the 'skins glad he is out of there. Now he is at NE hope he calms down some maybe coach Bill can get him back on track.

FiftyOne writes:

Is this the last chance for him? If one of the best organizations can't get through to him can anyone?

Smokey91 writes:

Leaving behind an organization that is a dysfunctional mess to play for one of the better organizations and a coach that may be able to bring the best out of Albert. I hate the Pats but hope things go better for Albert up north.

Malloryjoy8 writes:

He should be our new AD since most of our players like to follow in his footsteps anyways...he could take our athetics program all the way to the Big House...

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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I loved it when he played here, but he became a greedy, lazy, NFL turd who's publicly acted like a baby who stomps his feet (on heads from time-to-time) when he doesn't get his way. He's a PR nightmare and a cancer to whichever team he plays for. He's becoming the 'T.O.' of defensive tackles and I have my doubts Bill B. will put up with his antics for long.

AKSN1061VOL writes:

He might give Peyton some trouble in the AFC

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

Damien Jacobs, 6'5" 290lb JUCO DT commited to the Vols today. He was a FSU commit, now he's headed to The Hill! His teammate Denico Autry is has UT high on his list as well, but will be a bit more of a challenge to get. He's a 6'6" 250lb DE. Dude has offers from everyone. Heck, he even has one from Texas. If you are not from the state of Texas and they actually offer you, you are doing it big. Jacobs will be recruiting Autry to follow him here. Being that they are from the same JUCO school as Isiah Lenier, I think it's safe to say that we have a pipeline. Dooley is doing it big folks!

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

I loved watching fat out of shape 49 year old Mike Golic who hadn't played in the NFL for 17 years easily pass the NFL conditioning test - while fat lazy Haynesworthless couldn't pass it.

Haynesworthless is one of the biggest losers in NFL history - hated by fans and teammates alike - he's received the longest suspension in NFL history for stomping on a players head - he's received arrest warrants in 2 cities - he kicked a teammate in the chest during practice - and he can't pass a conditioning test the a 14 year old girl gymnast could easily pass.

Y10 writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Damien Jacobs, 6'5" 290lb JUCO DT commited to the Vols today. He was a FSU commit, now he's headed to The Hill! His teammate Denico Autry is has UT high on his list as well, but will be a bit more of a challenge to get. He's a 6'6" 250lb DE. Dude has offers from everyone. Heck, he even has one from Texas. If you are not from the state of Texas and they actually offer you, you are doing it big. Jacobs will be recruiting Autry to follow him here. Being that they are from the same JUCO school as Isiah Lenier, I think it's safe to say that we have a pipeline. Dooley is doing it big folks!

That's good to hear about Damien! Hopefully we do have that pipeline to EMJC. I played there many moons ago and it's amazing the talent they compete against all throughout Mississippi. These guys are ready to come in and compete immediately and that's what we need right now!

Good job CDD!

thetrollhunter writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Damien Jacobs, 6'5" 290lb JUCO DT commited to the Vols today. He was a FSU commit, now he's headed to The Hill! His teammate Denico Autry is has UT high on his list as well, but will be a bit more of a challenge to get. He's a 6'6" 250lb DE. Dude has offers from everyone. Heck, he even has one from Texas. If you are not from the state of Texas and they actually offer you, you are doing it big. Jacobs will be recruiting Autry to follow him here. Being that they are from the same JUCO school as Isiah Lenier, I think it's safe to say that we have a pipeline. Dooley is doing it big folks!

fantastic!!

Vawls, b

bfowler1161#262198 writes:

in response to UTVOL22:

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So if I understand your post correctly, we cannot dislike a former UT player when they act like a jerk, aka, Prince Albert Haynesworth. I am glad he choose to play for the Vols. He is a very talented DT. However, he was a problem then and has been ever since he became a pro. Jeff Fisher only put up with him because of his talent. Since Albert decided he didnt need to be in shape last year his talent was wasted.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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Talk about loons. You should have stayed in bed today.For sure you didn't get enough rest last night.You just cemented your place into the most stupid poster hall of fame .You are a disgrace to yourself and anyone around you.

nepperso#220348 writes:

I just get the feeling that fat Albert is a human piece of chit.

bretticus25#294810 writes:

So he took out 2.38 million dollars from a local bank and got sued because he didn't pay it back. Does anyone NEED any more proof of his character?

Haynesworth should be paying others. Others don't need to be paying him.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

I know I've told this story before on here, but I'm gonna tell it again. One day I was at the McDonalds drive through, and the lady saw my Titans jacket. So she asked me if I was a Titans fan, of course I said yes. She said she would never cheer for a team who payed millions to Albert Haynesworth. She told a story of when she worked at the Waffle House here in Knoxville. She said Albert came through with some friends and had a bill of $19.37. So he gives her a $20.00 and told her to keep the change. He tipped this lady 63 freaking cents. That's about all I needed to hear.

Tenn_Dawg writes:

Is Hanesworth the cat that stomped a player in the head a couple of years ago? I had heard while at UT he tried to take a 2x4 to a teammate after getting in a disagreement at practice as well.

Anyway...if any team can get this guy to be a team player it is NE. If he does get back to his dominate play then he and Wilfork will be a nightmare for opposing QBs.

The DT verbal sounds promising.

kletusfleabiscuit writes:

Not a fan of AH considering his temperament,,but,,and a bit but,,perhaps he has been humbled a bit. Possibly even matured a bit since his debacle in Washington. If Bellichek can't get him to play - No one can. But if Coach B can bring out the best in AH,,,look out.

TennVol01 writes:

Why would the Patriots want this expensive cry baby? He will probably sit out for more money.

allvol32 writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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Step right up folks and see a serious case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder looks like. The term "has no life" gets bandied about a lot on these boards but here is the King of Has No Life.

I knew that I was seeing a lot of drivel from this dude so I ran a quick audit of what he's posted since Tuesday morning (56 total posts in 56 hours and spanning all hours of the day and night):

Today as of 3:45 PM:

3:43 PM
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Wednesday:

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Tuesday - doesn't count posts after midnight on Monday:

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Come on KNS either get rid of the psycho or give us an ignore button so we don't have to keep stepping over the dog mess.

Volunteer-Varmint writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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I'd say I agree with you on the fact the he WAS a great Vol.

He faught everyday and left it all on the field on Saturdays, but...

When he turned pro he signed away all of his common sense for dollar signs. He forgot his helmet the first few games and it showed when he decided to try and crush Andre Gurode's face. I don't think he will ever regain his respect.

He has become a bad reflection of what TN football and all of college sports represent.

As for a Nick Reveiz, you better believe it! I'd take half of a Reveiz over a bully on my team ANYDAY!!!

It doesn't take idiots like Fat Albert to get back to the top. It takes intellgent players with heart to out manuver a moron like him.

Thank God Spikes has finally gone. We'd hate to have to worry about the cat's claw trying to rip our eyes out because he can't figure any other way to stop the RB from feeding him pigskin.

VolinDelaware writes:

Im in agreement for the Ignore button!!

bretticus25#294810 writes:

in response to allvol32:

Step right up folks and see a serious case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder looks like. The term "has no life" gets bandied about a lot on these boards but here is the King of Has No Life.

I knew that I was seeing a lot of drivel from this dude so I ran a quick audit of what he's posted since Tuesday morning (56 total posts in 56 hours and spanning all hours of the day and night):

Today as of 3:45 PM:

3:43 PM
3:06 PM
2:51 PM
11:30 AM
11:09 AM
10:15 AM
2:42 AM
1:46 AM
1:16 AM
12:57 AM
12:19 AM

Wednesday:

11:48 PM
11:25 PM
10:17 PM
9:43 PM
9:19 PM
3:39 PM
1:41 PM
1:21 PM
1:04 PM
12:46 PM
12:22 PM
12:00 PM
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10:32 AM
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Tuesday - doesn't count posts after midnight on Monday:

11:12 PM
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10:39 PM
10:31 PM
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10:29 PM
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Come on KNS either get rid of the psycho or give us an ignore button so we don't have to keep stepping over the dog mess.

That took some time to assemble. Looks like the pot calling the kettle black.

TNORANGEDOGDAD writes:

in response to allvol32:

Step right up folks and see a serious case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder looks like. The term "has no life" gets bandied about a lot on these boards but here is the King of Has No Life.

I knew that I was seeing a lot of drivel from this dude so I ran a quick audit of what he's posted since Tuesday morning (56 total posts in 56 hours and spanning all hours of the day and night):

Today as of 3:45 PM:

3:43 PM
3:06 PM
2:51 PM
11:30 AM
11:09 AM
10:15 AM
2:42 AM
1:46 AM
1:16 AM
12:57 AM
12:19 AM

Wednesday:

11:48 PM
11:25 PM
10:17 PM
9:43 PM
9:19 PM
3:39 PM
1:41 PM
1:21 PM
1:04 PM
12:46 PM
12:22 PM
12:00 PM
11:21 AM
10:32 AM
9:52 AM
1:44 AM
12:16 AM

Tuesday - doesn't count posts after midnight on Monday:

11:12 PM
11:01 PM
10:39 PM
10:31 PM
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10:29 PM
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Come on KNS either get rid of the psycho or give us an ignore button so we don't have to keep stepping over the dog mess.

Wish he would change name to Cicadia Vol and go into hibernation for about 14 years.

bretticus25#294810 writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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Right on. This poster is colorblind when I call out a fat, lazy, self-righteous, bigger-than-their-britches loser who doesn't pay the debts they acquire. Granted, Clayton Bank was foolish for offering such a man with such a character a loan, but I digress....

TNORANGEDOGDAD writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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If your a friend of CSS . We know what you really stand for.

Voluvr writes:

I hear that if he runs his mouth up there, they are going to bring in Scott Wells to body slam him like he did at practice at Tennessee. Wells (champion wrestler) broke his rib with a body throw and Haynesworth didn't want any more.

hueypilot writes:

NO Acadia on GVX 247 guys. And you do have an ignore button. It's called the scroll down button.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to bfowler1161#262198:

So if I understand your post correctly, we cannot dislike a former UT player when they act like a jerk, aka, Prince Albert Haynesworth. I am glad he choose to play for the Vols. He is a very talented DT. However, he was a problem then and has been ever since he became a pro. Jeff Fisher only put up with him because of his talent. Since Albert decided he didnt need to be in shape last year his talent was wasted.

Haynesworth parlayed one really good year with the Vols and a couple of good ones with the Titans into a position as one of the highest-paid players in the NFL. I'll bet there has never been a higher per-tackle pay rate in NFL history. And all of his off-the-field problems have already been mentioned. I suppose it is possible that Belichick and the Patriots might get a good year or two out of him, but I would consider that a near-miracle at this point.

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