New England Patriots: Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocino Trades Genius Moves

Mike StangerCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots shakes hands with Chad Ochocinco #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals at the completion of  the NFL season opener at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots won 38-24. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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As much as it pains me to say it (again) about Bill Belichick, I must say it: the man is a genius.

The trades this week for Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco are absolute low-risk, high-reward works of art. 

Absolutely brilliant.

The naysayers are grasping at straws by criticizing these moves. It’s either out of envy or sheer ignorance that anyone could interpret the trades as a negative. 

Just a few years ago, the Washington Redskins signed Albert Haynesworth to a seven-year, $100 million contract. In that short period of time, Haynesworth value deteriorated to the point that the Patriots were able to get him for a fifth-round pick…in 2013!

Think about that: Haynesworth is such as pariah, that the Redskins were willing to give him up for a pick that won’t occur for two more years. Anything can happen in two years.

Well, not anything—the Bengals won’t win the Super Bowl.

Indeed, Belichick will probably coax just enough out of Haynesworth that he’ll be able to parlay it into a trade to the Raiders for their first-round pick in 2013.

If Haynesworth acts like a worthless tub-o’-goo, then the Pats can cut him before the season without paying him much. No big loss. They’ll make up the lost draft pick some other way.  I’m sure they’ll have six picks in the fifth round by then, anyway.

Ochocinco is a different case, but still intriguing nonetheless. The guy was unhappy playing in Cincinnati, which is metaphysically redundant. Even the owner doesn’t want to be there.

Because of his outward displeasure in Cincinnati, people labeled him a troublemaker. However, nobody should be expected to be pleased playing in that type of dysfunctional environment.

Ochocinco’s work ethnic is arguably solid. He’s willing to go across the middle. And, he will behave.

Why? Well, after playing in football purgatory, he’ll be appreciative, at least for a little while.

In other words, it’s like being in prison for several years with a cellmate named “Thor.” Once you get out, anything of the female persuasion is welcomed, even the homely oboe player from your high school days.

And, again, the Pats gave up nothing—a fifth-rounder next year and a sixth in 2013.

Yes, Belichick did it again. He plays at another level. It’s as if the rest of the league is in slow-motion. I guess it is for a genius.