After the way Albert Haynesworth has played and behaved for most of his career, the last thing he deserves is a chance for redemption and success in New England.
This is a man who has only had two truly great seasons, and both of them were in contract years, when he needed results to justify his presence on an NFL roster. He parlayed them into a ridiculous contract with the Washington Redskins, where he failed to show up, much to the surprise of no one.
Now, he gets to play for one of the model organizations in all of football, despite all of his failings and uninspired play. Now, he will be surrounded by some of the best players in the game and has a tangible chance to win a Super Bowl, a reward that someone so inherently lazy doesn't deserve.
Regardless of how Haynesworth felt about Mike Shanahan, he should have showed up and given it his all, at least for his own dignity as a football player, but he didn't.
Instead, he went less than half-speed each and every week, and the Redskins had no choice but to cut ties with the defensive tackle, because there is no way he was ever going to play for Shanahan. The sickening thing is that Haynesworth will show up in New England ready to play and dominate like he did for that short time in Tennessee.
He will show up to play because that's the type of two-faced player he is. Haynesworth is a man who clearly has no pride, because if that were the case, he would have shown consistent effort throughout his career, instead of notoriously taking plays off and mailing it in. Now, he'll show up hungry, because he knows what is left of his reputation is going down the drain.
Will Albert Haynesworth play up to his potential?
Haynesworth smells a Super Bowl, and knows that Bill Belichick won't tolerate anything less than maximum effort on each and every play. New England got him for next to nothing, making him more than expendable in the event he continues his downward slide.
The Patriots have shown that they are not afraid to shake up the roster in order to maintain continuity, putting Haynesworth's back against the wall from the moment he arrives in Foxboro. If he fails to succeed here, it will be the end of his NFL career, because if the Patriots can't get anything out of him, no one will.
When it's all said and done, the Patriots picked up a guy they'll manage to turn into a fearsome force, resurrecting what's left of Haynesworth's career on a lifeline that he didn't deserve in the first place.
Some of the best players in the history of football haven't gotten this type of opportunity, but Haynesworth does, simply because he did nothing but cause trouble in Washington.
It hardly seems fair.