The Albert Haynesworth saga is finally over in Washington D.C. The disgruntled defensive tackle is now a member of the New England Patriots. The Redskins have agreed to deal Haynesworth to the Patriots in exchange for a 2013 fifth-round draft pick, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The move is a big gamble for the Patriots, but they must feel he would fit in their 3-4 defensive scheme. For nothing else, it shows that coach Bill Belichick is willing to gamble on pretty much anybody if the price is minimal. Haynesworth can certainly be dominant when he wants to be, which has been few and far between during his Redskins career.
Washington can finally move on from the free-agent disaster of 2009, which had become necessary after a drama-filled first year under Mike Shanahan. Haynesworth was planning on attending the first day of training camp on Monday, so this deal allows them to avoid that problem.