It's absurd to think Patriots coach Bill Belichick would sign a player for the sole reason of cutting him to send a message to his team.
That's what one team executive told National Football Post's Dan Pompei. I've known Dan a long time and respect him as a football writer, but even he has to realize that Belichick makes moves for one reason and one reason only: How well do you play?
If Haynesworth or Ochocinco can help the team, they stay. If they can't, they go.
When Randy Moss was helping the Patriots, he stayed. When he wasn't, he went. His attitude problems weren't a big deal when he was stretching the field. When he stopped doing so, he was sent packing.
Belichick is beyond using gimmicks to send messages to his players. He's earned far more respect than that.
So if either of the veteran players is let go, it's not for anything other than football reasons.
Belichick, like all the other coaches in the league, would play an ax-murderer as long that man showed up, worked and contributed -- and stayed out of jail.
Last time I checked, Ochocinco and Haynesworth weren't one of those.