The Patriots hope newly-lovable teammate Albert Haynesworth (left) can do more than play patty-cake on the sidelines for them this season. (Charles Krupa/AP)

We saw it with Corey Dillon and Randy Moss. Now Albert Haynesworth is the latest former troublemaker to reform his ways after donning a Patriots jersey for the first time.

Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reported a source close to Haynesworth’s contract negotiations said Haynesworth agreed to restructure his contract after the trade that brought him to New England from Washington.

According to the source, the former $100 million man — who was due $5.4 million in 2011 base salary — dropped his base salary to $1.5 million. He can still earn the initial base salary back as well as additional money through incentives.

Haynesworth will reportedly earn $1 million if he plays 20 percent of the Patriots’ defensive snaps plus an additional $590,000 if he reaches 45 percent and another $590,000 for every five percent up to 65 percent. His maximum earnings could total $5.85 million this season.

With the saved salary cap space, the Patriots were able to resign Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins to a 6-year deal.

Now introducing: Albert Haynesworth — ultimate team player.

Old habits die hard, though. Haynesworth missed four consecutive practices earlier in the week.

On Tuesday, Belichick said Haynesworth was “day-to-day” but the Wicked Good Sports Blog has a few ideas as to where Big Al might have been. Check those out here.