Published June 10, 2013
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tim Tebow would be the latest in a line of reclamation projects undertaken by New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Here's a look at some that worked and some that didn't:
Corey Dillon, RB — He had a reputation as a malcontent with the Cincinnati Bengals before being traded to the Patriots in April 2004. He led them in rushing the next three seasons and was part of the team that won the Super Bowl in the 2004 season. He was released in March 2007.
Wes Welker, WR — Undrafted out of Texas Tech in 2004, he had just 96 receptions in his first three NFL seasons. The Patriots obtained him in a trade with the Miami Dolphins in March 2007 and he led the NFL over the next six seasons with 672 receptions before signing as a free agent with the Denver Broncos after last season.
Randy Moss, WR — One of the NFL's best receivers from 1998-2004 with the Minnesota Vikings, Moss totaled just 102 receptions the next two seasons with the Oakland Raiders and was disgruntled. He was traded to the Patriots where he had 98 catches and set an NFL record with 23 touchdown receptions in 2007 before they dealt him to Minnesota after the fourth game in 2010.
Danny Woodhead, RB — After having just 15 carries and eight receptions with the New York Jets from 2008-10, he was released and then signed by the Patriots after the first game of the 2010 season. He was a reliable backup for three seasons, rushing 250 times for 1,199 yards and catching 92 passes for 982 yards. He signed with the San Diego Chargers after last season as a free agent.
Chad Johnson, WR — He caught at least 67 passes in eight of his 10 seasons with the Bengals, who traded him to the Patriots in July 2011, when he went by the name of Chad Ochocinco. But he had trouble learning the offensive system and had just 15 receptions in his only season with New England.
Albert Haynesworth, DT — He signed with the Patriots on July 28, 2011, the same day as Ochocinco, but made just two tackles in six games before they cut him. They had obtained him from the Washington Redskins, where he feuded with coach Mike Shanahan and needed 10 days to pass the conditioning test in training camp in 2010.
Aqib Talib, CB — He upgraded the Patriots secondary when they obtained him from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Nov. 1. He had two NFL suspensions and a fight with a fellow Tampa Bay draftee at a rookie symposium. In May 2011, he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but that was dropped last June 18. The Patriots re-signed him to a one-year contract in the offseason.