On July 28, 2011, the Washington Redskins traded Albert Haynesworth to the New England Patriots, and parted ways with a player who cost them a lot of money. His performance with the Tennessee Titans had caused the The New York Times to describe him as “the most dominant defensive tackle in the league,” and owner Daniel Snyder acquired him on his first day of free agency with a $100 million, seven-year contract.
Haynesworth was repeatedly penalized for disciplinary reasons, and he openly criticized his team’s defensive coordinator in the press, a big no-no for any athlete. In 2010, he failed a team physical and was mocked by the satirical publication The Onion with the headline, "Report: Albert Haynesworth Just A Mound Of Ice Cream And Hot Dogs." He earned an unpaid suspension from the team in December 2010 for "conduct detrimental to the club," and this cost him approximately $847,000. However, that’s a drop in the bucket compared to his $100 million contract, 41 percent of which is guaranteed.