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Haynesworth happy to be with Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Albert Haynesworth would have been happy just to get away from Washington.

Leaving the Redskins for a Super Bowl contender has him downright thrilled.

"It's a great chance to be on a great team," Haynesworth said. "It's a chance to restore my name or whatever you want to say. It's a great chance to get back on the field and play football."

Haynesworth spoke to a throng of reporters crowded around him on the practice field Tuesday, his first public comments since the Patriots picked up the sometimes-troubled defensive tackle in a trade with the Redskins last week.

Disgruntled in Washington, Haynesworth seemed delighted to be in New England and said he hopes to keep his history of troubles on and off the field from resurfacing with his new team.

The Patriots have turned around discipline cases before and were willing to take on the risks for the gargantuan tackle they hope to be wreaking havoc on quarterbacks other than their own.

"Forget about that stuff. It's all in the past," Haynesworth said.

Haynesworth clashed hard last season with Washington coach Mike Shanahan. His new boss in New England is Bill Belichick, who is hardly the warm and fuzzy type.

"Albert has worked hard. I think that it's coming," Belichick said Tuesday. "We've got a long way to go, so just take it day-by-day, but I think he's doing fine."

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Eagles add Brown

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The Eagles agreed to contract terms Tuesday with veteran running back Ronnie Brown, who spent his first six seasons with the Miami Dolphins.

The 29-year-old Brown rushed for 4,815 yards and 36 touchdowns and caught 184 passes for 1,491 yards with Miami. He ran for 1,000 yards in 2006 and made his only Pro Bowl team in 2008.

Brown is the seventh major acquisition the Eagles have made in the past week, along with defensive linemen Jason Babin and Cullen Jenkins, cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha, offensive lineman Evan Mathis and quarterback Vince Young.

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Around the league

*Linebacker David Harris signed a new four-year deal with the New York Jets. A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press that the contract is worth $36 million, with $29.6 guaranteed.

*The Indianapolis Colts signed their first-round pick, left tackle Anthony Castonzo, and free agent linebacker Ernie Sims, Detroit's first-round pick in 2006. Castonzo was taken 22nd overall, is expected to protect Peyton Manning's blind side and was the last unsigned pick in the Colts' draft class.

*The Minnesota Vikings have released left tackle Bryant McKinnie. McKinnie spent the first nine seasons of his career in Minnesota, but never did materialize into the dominant force the team hoped for when they drafted him in 2002.

*Washington Redskins cornerback Phillip Buchanon will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season, coach Mike Shanahan said. He did not say why Buchanon was suspended or give other details.

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