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Friday, July 29, 2011
The day the Patriots went big

By Mike Reiss


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Now in his 12th season as New England Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick has made plenty of surprising, bold personnel moves. But two in one day like what he pulled off Thursday?

Unprecedented.

It was a stunning day for the Patriots, who acquired defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth and receiver Chad Ochocinco in trades with the Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals for late-round draft picks, with both players agreeing to rework their contracts.

It was like lighting a firecracker in the middle of the locker room and deciding that one wasn't good enough. So Belichick sparked up another, and in a span of 12 hours, the makeup of the Patriots was altered considerably with two older-but-still-talented players who lately have made as many headlines off the field as on it.

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