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NFL Lines – Patriots Win Big in Free Agency

Posted by Brett Nielson on 8/15/2011 11:26:51 AM

NFL lines wide receiver Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth of the Washington Redskins have packed their bags for New England.

2010-2011 NFL Season
New England Patriots vs. NFL: 14-2
New England Patriots vs. AFC East: 5-1

NFL Lines – To Win AFC Championship
New England Patriots 300
Pittsburgh Steelers 450
San Diego Chargers 600

NorthBet Numbers: The New England Patriots were 10-5-1 ATS this season.

In summer blockbuster moves that can only help to make the Patriots even stronger, Cincinnati Bengals’ Chad Ochocinco and Washington Redskins’ Albert Haynesworth were recently dealt to the New England Patriots.

The Bengals’ Number 85 was able to do what Carson Palmer was unable to accomplish, which was to escape Cincinnati. He was traded to New England in exchange for a 2012 fifth-round Draft pick and a 2013 sixth-round pick. Once traded to Boston, the 33-year-old wideout signed a 3-year contract, showing his long-term commitment to the city. Chad Ochocinco will attempt to fill the gap left by the mercurial Randy Moss in New England.

In his 10-year NFL lines career, Chad has recorded seven 1000-yard seasons – including leading the league with 1,369 in 2006 – and six Pro Bowl appearances. He is the Bengals’ all-time leader in receptions (with 751), receiving yards (with 10,783), and TD catches (with 66). However, last season, the aging veteran’s production decreased dramatically. Chad caught 67 passes for only 831 yards and 4 touchdowns last year, recording his third-worst career season.

Meanwhile, Washington also traded Albert Haynesworth to the Patriots in exchange for a 2013 5th-round Draft pick. At 6”6’ and 335 pounds, Albert Haynesworth is one of the most dominant defensive tackles in the NFL. In recognition of the athlete’s natural ability, the Redskins had signed Haynesworth to a seven-year $100 million contract in 2009.

However, Haynesworth didn’t exactly fit in with the Redskins. The 30-year-old defensive tackle rapidly became unsatisfied with head coach Mike Shanahan’s 3-4 defensive style, and refused to cooperate with him. Rumors had even circulated that Haynesworth had deliberately failed his physical exam in order to get out of practices. Eventually, the two were stuck in a stalemate, which is what led to this lopsided trade.

Both players come with tremendous amounts of skill and ability, although they also come with some baggage as well. Both Haynesworth and Ochocinco have been notorious throughout their careers as rebels, refusing to conform, and prone to bouts of ill discipline.

Nielson Notice: Despite their drawbacks, smart money should be put on both Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocino to shape up in New England and become more responsible players. New England coach Bill Belichick is a tough, no-nonsense kind of guy who will undoubtedly keep these two stars in check, and ensure that they are working to exhaustion for the team. Belichick has already had positive experiences with players who were seen as troublesome. He helped turn around the careers of star misfits wide receiver Randy Moss and running back Corey Dillon.

With the additions of Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco, the New England Patriots are looking even better than last year’s team, a squad that finished the NFL lines season first overall with a 14-2 record.

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