Friday, July 29, 2011
Albert Haynesworth eyes fresh start
The New England Patriots on Friday finalized their trade for Albert Haynesworth, the team announced, acquiring the defensive lineman from the Washington Redskins for a 2013 fifth-round draft pick, according to league sources.
"Being on a team with a winning attitude and totally, it's all about football and nothing else, I like that," Haynesworth said in an interview that aired on Friday night's Patriots All-Access show.
Haynesworth agreed to rework his contract as part of the trade, a league source told ESPNBoston.com. The exact details were not immediately known, but the former Pro Bowl player's base salary for the coming season is $5 million. He is two years into a seven-year, $100 million contract that the Redskins signed him to in 2009, which included a then-NFL record $41 million in guaranteed money.
He played only 20 games with the Redskins, recording 6½ sacks.
Haynesworth clashed repeatedly with Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and frequently skipped workouts. Shanahan suspended him for the final four games of last season for conduct detrimental to the team.
Haynesworth was also charged in two separate incidents this offseason. He settled out of court in a road-rage case and also was accused of fondling a waitress at a hotel bar in Washington. He has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of sexual abuse in that case and is scheduled to go on trial Aug. 23.
"Coming here, I made a promise to myself that we don't think about the past, it's all new," Haynesworth said. "I'm just going to treat myself as a rookie, go out there and play ball and win games."
Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss and The Associated Press was used in this report.