File this one in the relatively unfounded speculation department, but based on the conversation National Football Post writer Dan Pompei had with one NFL executive, he believes the Patriots could release Chad Ochocinco or Albert Haynesworth by the end of the preseason to set an example for and "control" the locker room:
Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth might not be long for New England. One day before this story came out by my guy Mike Reiss, one NFL executive familiar with the Patriots ways told me he believes one or both of the big name acquisitions will be cut before the season starts. The front office man thinks coach Bill Belichick will use the controversial players to help control and send a message to his locker room.
No, I don't believe this. Not even for a second. Especially the Chad Ochocinco part.
The Patriots are already scheduled to pay Chad a significant bonus this season. Chad has been a significant part of the offense. By all indications, he's working hard. He's been with the first team offense every practice. He's developing a rapport with Tom Brady. And he's not a locker room "cancer." Sure, he's a flashy guy who entertains, but he's a hard worker, and I think the mutual respect that he and Bill Belichick have for each other has transitioned to the field. I would be absolutely stunned if Ochocinco was let go before the season began. Releasing him wouldn't be sending any kind of message.
Albert Haynesworth has been held out of practice as of late, but it has been speculated that it is because of his annual knee treatments, where he simply gets natural fluid injections. Haynesworth began camp strong, was practicing with the first team, and saying all the right things. Of course, we don't know what's going on behind the scenes. I could envision a scenario where Haynesworth is given the boot, but personally, based upon the things I've heard, I would still be surprised if such a scenario came to fruition.
In summary, this story seems like pure speculation. I wouldn't believe or expect any of it until we hear something more substantial. Which we probably won't.