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Today's story: Albert Haynesworth looks to restore his name in New England.
If you're a Patriots fan, you awakened Thursday morning to news your team had traded for Albert Haynesworth and went to bed contemplating the idea that Chad Ochocinco would be joining him in New England. For a lot of fan bases, that might be cause for a sleepless night. All deals still need to be finalized, but are Patriots fans worried? Judge for yourself.
Who is more likely to hurt?
Will controversy erupt about Haynesworth taking plays off or Ochocinco complaining about his touches? Or will it be smooth sailing ahead?
Who is more likely to help?
For a team that went 14-2 last season, the Patriots did seem to have glaring needs. Will Ochocinco help open up the deep game more than Haynesworth solidifies the front seven?
Will Ochocinco be silenced?
Twitter may not be for everyone, but Ochocinco's account is for nearly 2.4 million followers on the service. It makes for an interesting fit for the notoriously tight-lipped Patriots.
Replacing Randy Moss?
As big-play receivers who create headlines, Ochocinco and Randy Moss are easy to compare. But at 33 years old, is Ochocinco capable of matching even Moss' least productive full season?
Forget Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort -- the power of the hoodie may be about to get its ultimate test. Adam Schefter reports that the Patriots are set to acquire Albert Haynesworth from the Redskins in exchange for a fifth-round pick. Bill Belichick has worked his magic before with supposed malcontents like Corey Dillon and Randy Moss, but can he do the same here with a player who even Mike Shanahan couldn't keep in line?
Is Bill Belichick pushing his luck?
Not many would question Belichick's ability to get the most out of players, but even for a team that some feel needs help on the line, is Haynesworth a worthwhile risk?
What's the deal with Haynesworth?
Just three years ago, Haynesworth was coming off back-to-back All-Pro selections. But at 30 years old, are body and mind both concerns?
Who is the master at this?
As mentioned, Belichick has some history with reclamation projects, but is that more impressive than dealing with Ron Artest and Dennis Rodman?
Better player coming or going?
Even as the Patriots add Haynesworth, they wave goodbye to Tully Banta-Cain, who totaled 14.5 sacks in the past two seasons.
It's something of an understatement to say that Albert Haynesworth and the Washington Redskins don't get along.
Now, however, their contentious relationship may have ended. Haynesworth was suspended for the final four games of the regular season because of "conduct detrimental to the club," which includes skipping workouts, speaking out against his role in the defense and possibly taking plays off. The lineman's $100 million contract now looms over the team even more so than usual -- it's tough enough to justify that much money when a player is contributing, but when things have gotten so bad that he's been practically kicked off the team, it's basically impossible. Haynesworth is a big-time talent when well-deployed and motivated, but is he worth the headache?
One look at Mike Golic passing the same conditioning test that has so flummoxed Albert Haynesworth in recent days was all the confirmation SportsNation blogger unklerob needed that the Redskins bought themselves a lemon when they signed Haynesworth.
But after watching Golic run back-to-back 300-yard shuttle runs, the first in 70 seconds and the second in 73 seconds, with only a break of only 210 seconds to rest between runs, do you think you could pass the test?