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The Patriots have pulled of a shocking trade, acquiring defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth from the Washington Redskins for a fifth round draft pick in 2013, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The trade is now pending a physical, of course…but that’s something that Haynesworth, who is owed $5.4 million this season, had trouble with last season with the ‘Skins. He was often ridiculed for his conditioning, and played only 20 games the last two seasons in Washington.
The trade gives the Patriots a beefed up defensive line, as Haynesworth could line up alongside Vince Wilfork and Ty Warren (and maybe others in a 4-3 scheme). The 6-foot-6, 335-pounder’s best season came in 2008 with the Titans, when he recorded 8.5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles.
The 30-year-old Haynesworth is the latest case of the Patriots trading for a troubled player hoping they will flourish in a new environment. The experiment worked two previous times: with Randy Moss and Corey Dillon.
The Redskins, meanwhile, have now traded away both Haynesworth and QB Donovan McNabb, who was benched late last season.