After making relatively little noise in the free-agent frenzy this week, Belichick and the Patriots made a major splash early Thursday morning by acquiring Albert Haynesworth from the Washington Redskins.
The Patriots are sending a 2013 fifth-round draft pick to Washington. Haynesworth is expected to make $5.4 million this season and $6.7 million in 2012, according to RotoWorld. A $20 million bonus in 2013 essentially means Haynesworth will be released before it kicks in.
Despite the low price for a two-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro, Belichick and the Patriots are still taking a risk. Haynesworth was suspended by the Redskins last season for "conduct detrimental to the club." His two-year stint with the Redskins, as a whole, will be remembered as one of the worst free-agent signings in history, as his seven-year, $100 million contract brought just 6.5 sacks and 53 tackles in 20 games. He also had some very public disagreements with head coach Mike Shanahan.