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Albert Haynesworth reportedly restructures deal with New England Patriots

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.

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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