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The Patriots and Redskins have recently agreed to a deal that sends disgruntled defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth to the Patriots for a 2013 fifth-round draft pick.
After what happened last year, Haynesworth's departure from the Redskins is not at all surprising. However, the trade to New England was quite the surprise, since the Patriots' base defense is the 3-4. Of course, the Redskins' switch to a 3-4 defense last offseason was part of the reason that Haynesworth was disgruntled.
For the Patriots, this is a very intriguing move. Haynesworth's physical talent is absolutely undeniable, although his work ethic has been suspect at times. With the right coaches, veterans and a competitive team around him, Haynesworth could really shine if he decides that he wants to. Look at what happened with Randy Moss in 2007.
However, unless Haynesworth accepts playing in a 3-4, he will likely only play in certain packages instead of being an every-down player.
The Patriots gave up very little to get him, which makes the deal even better for them.