Former University of Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to discuss Albert Haynesworth, who played for Fulmer from 1999 to 2001.

ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the Patriots' acquisition of Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth.

Asked which player is more likely to buy into the Patriot Way, Florio responded: "No question, 100 percent, Chad Ochocinco. He is a guy who has never gotten into any kind of trouble off the field. He is very emotional, and that emotion comes from his passion to win. He's a colorful and entertaining guy.

The Patriots and quarterback Ryan Mallett were close on a deal Thursday night, so close that the rookie could be in camp and ready to go as soon as Friday morning, according to a source. Mallett, who was taken with the 74th overall pick in the draft, is apparently set to sign a four-year deal.

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The Patriots officially announced the signings of third-round draft choice Stevan Ridley and seventh-round draft choice Malcolm Williams. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. Here's a portion of the press release issued by the team on the agreements:

FOXBORO — The addition of Chad Ochocinco to the Patriots brings a new dimension to the New England passing game, one the Patriots have lacked since Randy Moss was dealt last October: A big receiver



Wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has been dealt to the Patriots, according to multiple media reports. In 10 seasons in the NFL — all of them with Cincinnati — the 33-year-old out of Oregon State has 751 catches for 10,783 yards and 66 touchdowns. According to ESPN, Ochocinco has accepted a restructured three-year contract from the Patriots.

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FOXBORO — It only took a few moments to realize that training camp had changed.



Bill Belichick spoke to the media on Thursday morning -- his first press conference of training camp -- and addressed the reported deal that has the Patriots dealing a 2013 fifth-round pick to the Redskins in exchange for Albert Haynesworth.

"I talked to [Redskins coach] Mike Shanahan last night and we are in the process with Haynesworth, but that's not complete yet, so I really can't comment on that until it's completed, if it is completed. We'll see how that goes," Belichick said.

On the same morning that the team reportedly acquired defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth from the Redskins, WEEI.com's Christopher Price has confirmed the Patriots have released Marcus Stroud. The Boston Herald was the first to report the story.

Stroud, a three-time All-Pro with the Jaguars, played the last two seasons for the Bills before being released in February. He then took a two-year with the Pats, but never took the field with the team.

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Adam Schefter of ESPN joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday to discuss the trade of Albert Haynesworth to the Patriots. It was Schefter who first reported that the Patriots dealt a fifth-round pick in 2013 to the Redskins to land the talented but troubled Haynesworth.