The New England Patriots made two big moves during the free agency period, trading for both wide receiver Chad Ochocinco and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. Both players had worn out their welcome in their previous spots and both were acquired cheaply. It was assumed that coach Bill Belichick would get the most out of them.
However, a recent report by Dan Pompei of National Football Post suggests that neither is a lock to remain with the team before the season opener. Pompei quotes a fellow league executive who believes Belichick is using both players to increase his hold on the Patriots' locker room.
One NFL executive familiar with the Patriots ways told me he believes one or both of the big name acquisitions will be cut before the season starts. The front office man thinks coach Bill Belichick will use the controversial players to help control and send a message to his locker room.
The Patriots don't have a heavy financial obligation to either player, as ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss notes. If they wanted, they could cut Ochocinco or Haynesworth without owing them much money. Nevertheless, SB Nation's Patriots blog Pats Pulpit is skeptical of the report.