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Patriots avoid big bonus money by cutting Haynesworth now

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The Albert Haynesworth experiment in New England clearly wasn’t working.  Bill Belichick decided to cut his losses Tuesday before Haynesworth became any more expensive.

When Haynesworth joined the Patriots, he took a pay cut in base salary from $5.4 million to $1.5 million.  He had the chance to make that money back in playing time incentives.

He won’t make any of the money back now.

Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reported in August that Haynesworth would have received a $1 million bonus if he played in 20% of the team’s snaps for the year. Almost $3 million more was available if he reached playing time incentives beyond that.

None of that money should be paid to Haynesworth.  Using snap counts from ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss, Haynesworth has played roughly 30% of the team’s snaps during the first nine games.  Cutting Haynesworth now should allow the Patriots to avoid any further payment because that percentage should dip below 20% by year’s end.

Haynesworth will be subject to waivers, but we’d be shocked if any team claimed him.

In the end, the Patriots wasted a fifth-round pick (in 2013), $1.5 million, and way too much time and energy on Haynesworth.

Let’s not pretend, however, that this was a financial move. If Haynesworth was playing well, the Patriots would gladly pay him all the money.

He wasn’t playing well at all, which means Haynesworth will go down as yet another recent failed defensive personnel move by Bill Belichick.

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82 Responses to “Patriots avoid big bonus money by cutting Haynesworth now”
  1. donlanci says: Nov 8, 2011 2:38 PM

    no one will claim him?

    Have the Raiders closed their doors for good?

  2. tampajoey says: Nov 8, 2011 2:39 PM

    Hey Albert, I hear Jamarcus Russell is looking for a roommate.

  3. Lev says: Nov 8, 2011 2:39 PM

    It’s not like he’s ever taken bonus money and ran….oh wait!

  4. nineroutsider says: Nov 8, 2011 2:40 PM

    “Bill Belichick decided to cut his losses Tuesday before Haynesworth became any more expensive.”

    Sounds like Belichick needs to not be deciding anything besides his gameplan. Won’t be a pretty breakup when they try to take some power away…

  5. gmarcus06 says: Nov 8, 2011 2:42 PM

    Fat Albert to the Raiders?

  6. nesportsfan0428 says: Nov 8, 2011 2:42 PM

    Good lord, what the hell happened to this guy? It’s not that long ago, he was one of the best defensive players in the game.

    Being self destructive must be awesome, as it just cost Haynesworth money and his career.

  7. revrondog says: Nov 8, 2011 2:43 PM

    Overpaid and overrated. Now time to join JaMarcuss Russell in the unemployment line.

  8. kaf39 says: Nov 8, 2011 2:44 PM

    Haynesworth is lazy. Glad to hear they cut him.

  9. plastics017 says: Nov 8, 2011 2:45 PM

    ……….In other news, Bill Belichick just traded his 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round draft picks in the 2012 draft to the Green Bay Packers for their 2018 through 2027 6th & 7th round draft picks.

  10. RaiderMight says: Nov 8, 2011 2:45 PM

    The genius fails again.

  11. redbullenergydrink says: Nov 8, 2011 2:45 PM

    The Redskins will give him a new contract. Guaranteed.

  12. MCxShow says: Nov 8, 2011 2:45 PM

    Get ready Chad, you’re next.

  13. benberger says: Nov 8, 2011 2:47 PM

    Yeah, they lost that all important 5th round draft pick. What a disaster.

  14. nomoreseasontix says: Nov 8, 2011 2:47 PM

    Ha!!
    It’s funny ’cause he’s fat!!!
    Ha Ha!!!

  15. finsfan71 says: Nov 8, 2011 2:47 PM

    He’ll be in a Jets uniform by the end of the week.

  16. bobhk says: Nov 8, 2011 2:48 PM

    “He wasn’t playing well at all, which means Haynesworth will go down as yet another recent failed defensive personnel move by Bill Belichick.”
    ————–
    Absolutely totally right! Count one more bad personnel move by Belichick the genius.

  17. jackfnburton says: Nov 8, 2011 2:48 PM

    This is no big deal to the Pats. Had Haynesworth worked out, they get a top notch talent for a bargain. Since he didn’t, they lose a 5th round pick and a million and change. How many picks will the Pats have hoarded away come draft time? This is one of the reasons they do that.

    No big deal.

  18. ballou0254 says: Nov 8, 2011 2:48 PM

    Also in the language of the contract; a lifetime supply of New England Clam Chowder and fried clams.

  19. packerrube13 says: Nov 8, 2011 2:49 PM

    Wow. The Raiders or Eagles will likely scoop him up. Also the Jets might take a look at him too.

    This guy’s freefall has been fun to watch. I love seeing the selfish, me-first guys get what’s coming to them. This guy has no class.

  20. tatatoothy says: Nov 8, 2011 2:50 PM

    Hey, hey, hey … it’s Fat Albert!

  21. sjhesketh says: Nov 8, 2011 2:50 PM

    “Way too much time and energy”? What?

    They brought him in on a low-risk move at relatively low money. He was on a one strike deal: if he screwed up he was out. He screwed up. He’s out.

    It didn’t work out. But we all knew this was a possibility when he was acquired, and that’s why the acquisition cost was so low.

  22. laeaglefan says: Nov 8, 2011 2:50 PM

    I suspect Chad Ochocinco is next to go.

  23. jpak12 says: Nov 8, 2011 2:51 PM

    He wasn’t playing well at all….
    ————————————————
    Not entirely true, when he was on the field he would often draw double teams and free up other Dlinmen, Carters sack against the Cowboys is a perfect example of this, the issue was he could not stay on the field, and then had words with one of the most respected coaches on the Pats roster, making his contributions not worth the effort.

  24. billinva says: Nov 8, 2011 2:52 PM

    And now they can cut Ocho-Stinko.

  25. sonnyjz says: Nov 8, 2011 2:53 PM

    What a bum!

  26. dubaradhandi says: Nov 8, 2011 2:54 PM

    BB is smart and ruthless. Next in line ocho when Price is ready.

  27. romoscollarbone says: Nov 8, 2011 2:55 PM

    The guy just wants to play 4-3 DT, once he does again, I’m sure he’ll show flashes of what he was. You can boowho and call him a bad guy, not a team player etc, but if he’s not comfortable, he’ll be thinking about reacting, instead of reacting.

  28. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 8, 2011 2:55 PM

    Are you absolutlely positive it was the Pats who made that deal for Haynesworth? Beause it really sounds more like something the vikings would have done….

  29. drunkenagitator says: Nov 8, 2011 2:56 PM

    What a loser, along with Ochocinco. Handed a gig with a top flight organization with a real shot at a title and even that can’t motivate the guy. Enjoy your retirement, Al.

  30. waccoforflacco says: Nov 8, 2011 2:58 PM

    Adalius Thomas was another beauty.

    Instead of always accumulating more draft picks Bekichick should just draft better.

    That’s what the Steelers and Ravens always do.

  31. skinzfan21 says: Nov 8, 2011 2:59 PM

    Big Al’s signing with the Eagles would put a nail in the “Dream Team’s” coffin! Crossing my fingers

  32. oriolesvsravens says: Nov 8, 2011 3:00 PM

    I have a theory. I, along with my pops, believe that once these guys get these crazy contracts all that drive and love for the game dies inside of them or never was there in the first place. When I think back like in the 90s I don’t remeber those high paid players not performing to a high level afterwards. Its like no one wants to be considered great anymore. They just want to be paid. I felt that way when CJ2K blamed the team for his slow start. I felt that once he got that contract he was content with his career. No frustration on the field until the media asks the questions.

  33. maxvv says: Nov 8, 2011 3:01 PM

    You know that “Everybody who leaves Belichick fails to live up to expectations without his genius wind in their sails” theory?

    Scott Pioli.

  34. test2402 says: Nov 8, 2011 3:02 PM

    French Onion Soup.

  35. nflfollower says: Nov 8, 2011 3:03 PM

    This guy stomped on Gurode’s face….and he still couldn’t get mentioned in the voting for dirtiest player.

    Wow that Suh guy must be out of control!! He must regularly stomp and spit on people’s faces! And do much worse even, to be so far ahead of Haynesworth in the voting. I must have missed those incidents though, none are coming to mind.

  36. descendency says: Nov 8, 2011 3:04 PM

    #correction

    The Patriots have only played 8 games. Not 9. They are 5-3.

  37. unbreakable02215 says: Nov 8, 2011 3:04 PM

    I thought there was a strong possibility of this
    happening when Deaderick and Brace came of
    the PUP list if he didn’t start showing something
    quick.

    Deaderick actually looks good.

  38. rc33 says: Nov 8, 2011 3:06 PM

    Pile on time, bozosforall…

  39. freemantowilliams says: Nov 8, 2011 3:08 PM

    Kinda wish the bucs would claim him we need somebody to clog up the down here in Tampa. I mean it’s worth a shot.

  40. j0esixpack says: Nov 8, 2011 3:10 PM

    Addition by subtraction.

    Criticizing Belichick for taking a chance on a former Pro Bowler by giving up a 5th round draft pick and $1.5 million is justified.

    But you also then have to give him credit for cutting Haynesworth knowing that other coaches would keep him on the roster because their ego is tied up in their personnel moves

    If Belichick doesn’t feel a player deserves a spot on the roster, he cuts him. It doesn’t matter if he’s on the hook for $10 million let alone $1.5 million – and doesn’t matter if he wasted a 1st round pick, let alone a 5th.

    Other coaches would have kept Haynesworth on and weakened the team. Belichick obviously would not.

  41. geniusesq says: Nov 8, 2011 3:11 PM

    I hope Ochocinco moved in with that fan. It’s a tough time to sell.

  42. andyreidisfat says: Nov 8, 2011 3:12 PM

    I think fat al should come to the birds. Perhaps he can help with the run with his favorite coach.

    On a side note about ocho, I don’t get to see every snap but from what I have seen ocho is getting wide open and Brady is the one missing him down field. I am a big Brady guy but at the same time when he doesn’t have moss he isn’t very good down the field on the outside. He missed ocho real bad 3 times in the giants game, and ocho was way wide open. Maybe instead o blaming ocho all the time we should maybe start talking about Brady being in decline. The only passes he seems to e able to throw are seam routes to TEs and crossing patterns to the little guy who makes yac. All I am saying is watching ocho play, if I was a team who needed a wr I would take him. He looks open to me

  43. sirdrinksalot says: Nov 8, 2011 3:14 PM

    Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

  44. marcsasharc says: Nov 8, 2011 3:17 PM

    The patriots have slowly been deteriorating and their personnel decisions and draft picks over the last few seasons represent that.

  45. 12strikes says: Nov 8, 2011 3:20 PM

    E-A-G-L-E-S

    Not that I think it a good idea, but they wanted him before, and with the D-fence giving up big yards, they may bring him in for a look-c

  46. atlien698 says: Nov 8, 2011 3:20 PM

    I wonder if Belichick called and asked Thomas Dimitroff what he thought about giving up picks for Haynesworth and Ocho….

  47. atlien698 says: Nov 8, 2011 3:21 PM

    Now I see why Dimitroff didn’t listen to him.

  48. brohamma says: Nov 8, 2011 3:21 PM

    Not only does NE avoid any bonus payments, but more importantly, they can revert back to the 3-4 without having him really pollute the locker room with his crying.

    The experimental time is over.

    Chad Johnson will be told to just run go routes if Price can’t return soon.

  49. jahbird says: Nov 8, 2011 3:24 PM

    @nflfollower

    You have to relevant to qualify for that “award.” Also, some guys around the league view it as a sign of respect. No one respects Haynesworth.

  50. brums21 says: Nov 8, 2011 3:26 PM

    Haynesworthless

  51. EJ says: Nov 8, 2011 3:30 PM

    If the Bengals don’t pick him up, the Jets will.

  52. ny82jy says: Nov 8, 2011 3:30 PM

    I lauged when i heard they signed him and ocho and got a ton of thumbs downs. Everybody was saying bb would turn them both around. I knew he wouldnt because they are both bums especially this fat piece of crap. I truely hope this is this guys last chance and i never have to see his disgusting face on my tv ever again. Once a loser always a loser no matter who the coach is. The pats are crumbling!

  53. cantonbound13 says: Nov 8, 2011 3:31 PM

    Ochostinko start looking for that playbook you’re going to have to turn in.

  54. garyman1 says: Nov 8, 2011 3:45 PM

    This will be like some women and their men… Some coach out there will think to himself “I can change him”.
    They won’t…. he already got paid and doesn’t really want to play football anymore.

  55. winstonhussein says: Nov 8, 2011 3:47 PM

    He’ll land another job and be fine soon.
    I’ve already heard something about a Team of Forklifts picking him up. Must be in the CFL, because I’ve never heard of them.

  56. 1captain1 says: Nov 8, 2011 3:48 PM

    Don’t count out the Lions interest…

  57. laeaglefan says: Nov 8, 2011 3:49 PM

    If Haynesworth signs with the Eagles, he’ll help plug up that big Wide 9 gap with his body alone!

  58. jessethegreat says: Nov 8, 2011 3:53 PM

    I don’t like Haynesworth or his tactics, however, I question his decision to accept the reduction in pay in order to be traded to the Patriots. He was going to be cut if that trade didn’t happen, so he could have collected his one time termination pay. He would have been free to sign with the Pats and not cost them the 5th round pick. Agents are supposed to be out for the benefit for their clients, and his agent dropped the ball on this one.

  59. jcjets says: Nov 8, 2011 3:55 PM

    Also, how’s that $4Million dollar Shaun Ellis contract working out for the patriots? through 8 games he has 7 tackles.

  60. skinsrock says: Nov 8, 2011 3:58 PM

    GOD, as a Redskins fan, it feels good to know he was the lazy loser we all knew he was… Fisher was right…. Once you paid him the money, he wouldn’t be the same player.

  61. stavreafavre says: Nov 8, 2011 4:01 PM

    The decision was rotation-related.

  62. skins23 says: Nov 8, 2011 4:03 PM

    Thanks for the draft pick, Pats!

    Guess Shanny can’t be too terrible if he got 3 draft picks out of Haynesworth and McNabb who were absolute garbage.

  63. vikesfansteve says: Nov 8, 2011 4:07 PM

    He would be a good fit for the Vikings.

  64. dirtydrynn27 says: Nov 8, 2011 4:08 PM

    They said he was a good player but its was the Redskins holding him down in a 3 4 defense

    They also said it was the Redskins style of offense holding down McNabb

    I guess everybody knows the truth by now!!!!!

  65. rushmatic says: Nov 8, 2011 4:15 PM

    No risk, high reward signing in which they get to move on from without much repercussion and fellow Pats fans are asking for Belichick’s head.

    Makes me sick.

  66. loggan65437 says: Nov 8, 2011 4:23 PM

    good now they can take that money and offer forte a contract. We need an all down bak instead of two goofs splittn downs and just runnin till they get hit!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  67. staffordsyear says: Nov 8, 2011 4:27 PM

    I would just like to add how much Daniel Snyder is an idiot.

  68. theharshestreality says: Nov 8, 2011 4:37 PM

    I couldn’t believe that ANYONE thought this was a good move by Belicheck in the off-season. The guy just doesn’t produce until he wants to not when he needs to.

  69. dewalt2990 says: Nov 8, 2011 4:38 PM

    Remember how brilliant Belichick was when he signed Haynesworth and Ochocinco? LOLOLOLOL

  70. portnoychunk says: Nov 8, 2011 4:39 PM

    You guys are right…bringing in Welker and Moss, drafting Mayo, Hernandez, Chung, Gronkowski, Solder, Vollmer….all terrible personnel moves. I won’t argue that he can’t draft DB’s though…and for some reason chooses not to draft a pass rusher. They’re 5-3 after going 14-2 and everyone is cheering their downfall, because 14-2 and 16-0 is the standard this team is held to. A teams fans should be so lucky!

  71. footballfanman says: Nov 8, 2011 4:45 PM

    Shanny has trouble with Haynesworth, he’s an idiot. Bellichick has trouble, oh well, he’s a genius. Maybe Haynesworth really is a problem and Shanahan was right to give him a hard time.

  72. grpatriot says: Nov 8, 2011 5:02 PM

    Let’s not pretend, however, that this was a financial move. If Haynesworth was playing well, the Patriots would gladly pay him all the money.

    Glad you put that statement in there!

  73. Derty Ernie says: Nov 8, 2011 5:18 PM

    Thank God they learned a lesson. Next thing they need to do is recognize, they ain’t that good anymore.
    No passing, no running, no pass defense. They have a lot of players to get rid of, time to rebuild was last year and they put it off.
    Now a man like Haynesworth whom we all knew and respected as a hard working man who always gave 100% (insert your criticism here).
    I wonder how many fools will pick up his ticket

  74. CKL says: Nov 8, 2011 5:20 PM

    j0esixpack says:
    Nov 8, 2011 3:10 PM
    Addition by subtraction.

    Criticizing Belichick for taking a chance on a former Pro Bowler by giving up a 5th round draft pick and $1.5 million is justified.

    But you also then have to give him credit for cutting Haynesworth knowing that other coaches would keep him on the roster because their ego is tied up in their personnel moves

    If Belichick doesn’t feel a player deserves a spot on the roster, he cuts him. It doesn’t matter if he’s on the hook for $10 million let alone $1.5 million – and doesn’t matter if he wasted a 1st round pick, let alone a 5th.

    Other coaches would have kept Haynesworth on and weakened the team. Belichick obviously would not.
    _________________________________
    While this is true, I have to add the caveat that it also may have to do with what is there to replace the guy also. If ever there was a guy who should have been cut before he left the lockerroom after his little passive aggressive BS after “lategate”, it was Adalius Thomas. Hardly a Pats fan I know wanted that money thief around after that.

    _________________________________
    @ andyreidisfat-
    You are correct that Ocho’s lack of catches on Sunday were 90% because of the triggerman rather than things Ocho did wrong. That said, I don’t think TB is declining but it’s clear something is going on with him. I think it’s mental not physical. I hope he gets himself straightened out ASAP.

    People who think Ocho is next may be right but the guy is working hard and creating 0 issues with teammates. At some point that will not be enough, but it is right now.

    I was never a fan of bringing in Haynesworth to begin with so I’m not really shocked.

  75. marcsasharc says: Nov 8, 2011 5:26 PM

    portnoychunk says:
    Nov 8, 2011 4:39 PM
    You guys are right…bringing in Welker and Moss, drafting Mayo, Hernandez, Chung, Gronkowski, Solder, Vollmer….all terrible personnel moves. I won’t argue that he can’t draft DB’s though…and for some reason chooses not to draft a pass rusher. They’re 5-3 after going 14-2 and everyone is cheering their downfall, because 14-2 and 16-0 is the standard this team is held to. A teams fans should be so lucky!

    ——————————-

    the Welker and Moss moves were great, but that was how long ago? 4-5 years ago?

    theyve had some good draft picks but most have not been good picks especially with the abundance of picks they accumulated. the team has limited WRs, a pretty terrible front 7 and a terrible secondary. their OL is not as strong as in years past.

    they are a 1 and done in the playoffs, if they get there. ill bet anyone they do not. too 1 dimensional on offense with a terrible defense that cant stop anyone.

  76. elmoron says: Nov 8, 2011 5:27 PM

    j0esixpack says: Nov 8, 2011 3:10 PM

    If Belichick doesn’t feel a player deserves a spot on the roster, he cuts him. It doesn’t matter if he’s on the hook for $10 million let alone $1.5 million – and doesn’t matter if he wasted a 1st round pick, let alone a 5th.

    Other coaches would have kept Haynesworth on and weakened the team. Belichick obviously would not.
    ======================================
    Can’t believe I agree with Joesix about anything, but he’s right. And it really was worth the shot. I’ll never understand Albert and have given up trying.

  77. lbdpatch says: Nov 8, 2011 5:29 PM

    skinzfan21 says:
    Nov 8, 2011 2:59 PM
    Big Al’s signing with the Eagles would put a nail in the “Dream Team’s” coffin! Crossing my fingers
    _________________________________
    Thats funny because Shanahan and son and have put the nail In the deadskins coffin .The only way the deadskins will ever have a chance is when snyder sells the team and the new owner hopefully knows how to hire a coach.

  78. johnstofa says: Nov 8, 2011 5:48 PM

    I gotta feeling Albert is one of those guys that will reinforce your belief in karma.

  79. jessethegreat says: Nov 8, 2011 5:59 PM

    lbdpatch says:
    Nov 8, 2011 5:29 PM
    skinzfan21 says:
    Nov 8, 2011 2:59 PM
    Big Al’s signing with the Eagles would put a nail in the “Dream Team’s” coffin! Crossing my fingers
    _________________________________
    Thats funny because Shanahan and son and have put the nail In the deadskins coffin .The only way the deadskins will ever have a chance is when snyder sells the team and the new owner hopefully knows how to hire a coach.
    ————————————————
    Not a fan of either team, I just find it ironic that an Iggles fan is criticizing the Redskins. If I remember correctly, the Redskins have 3 rings? I know it’s at least 2.

  80. 8man says: Nov 8, 2011 6:32 PM

    I know BB is getting heat for this but the real loser is Haynesworth. What’s the market value for a defensive player who gets cut by a team with the worst defense in the league?

    And I’ll be ol’ Albert never saw it coming.

  81. pcoz99 says: Nov 8, 2011 6:50 PM

    Use the saved money on RANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  82. mwcarolina says: Nov 8, 2011 7:30 PM

    This is no big deal to the Pats
    ————————————————————–
    you’re right, it’s not, the BIG deal is that it shows that Shanahan was right about Haynesworth and the big deal is how much Haynesworth cares for football.

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