On Monday, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick simply said that Albert Haynesworth was out of the rotation when asked why he did not go back into the game following a blown assignment in a loss to the New York Giants.
On Tuesday, Haynesworth was out of the organization altogether, as the Patriots released him, per ESPN.com.
A verbal altercation with defensive line coach Pepper Johnson apparently played a signficant role in Haynesworth's release. The Patriots acquired Haynesworth from the Washington Redskins once the lockout ended after he had worn out his welcome with Mike Shanahan, who arrived a year after Haynesworth got a seven-year, $100 million deal with the Skins.
Haynesworth will have to pass through the waiver process to see if any team would claim him. A couple of possibilities could be the Tennessee Titans, where Haynesworth enjoyed his most productive seasons, or the Philadelphia Eagles, where his former defensive line coach Jim Washburn now serves as d-line coach.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com