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.

According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Patriots have acquired defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth from the Redskins in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft.

With training camp set to open for real on Thursday morning, the Patriots face the same amount of questions as any one of the other 31 teams in the league. We asked you for your top concerns, and in a modified mailbag, here are some of the readers’ most important questions — solicited via Twitter — facing the 2011 Patriots as the season gets underway:



The Patriots announced the signing of two draft picks and 12 rookie free agents on Wednesday night. In addition, the Patriots announced that wide receiver Tyree Barnes and running back Eric Kettani have been reinstated from the reserve military list, while the signings of fifth-round pick Lee Smith and linebacker Markell Carter were also confirmed by the club.

The Patriots reportedly reached an agreement on a contract Wednesday with tight end Lee Smith, a fifth-round pick out of Marshall. The 6-foot-6, 266-pounder with the 159th overall pick in the draft, and is the second pick to agree to a deal on Wednesday. (Sixth-round selection Markell Carter reached an agreement earlier in the day on a four-year deal.) According to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com — who quotes a league source — Smith received a $171,480 signing bonus.

Sammy Morris signed a one-year deal with the Patriots on Wednesday afternoon, according to his agent Mark Slough. Terms were not disclosed. The 34-year-old Morris has spent the last four years in New England, and rushed for 56 yards in limited action last season. For more Patriots information, check out weei.com/patriots.

The Patriots agreed on a deal with their sixth-round draft pick Markell Carter Wednesday afternoon — a four-year contract — according to a league source. Carter is the first Patriots pick to sign this year. A 6-foot-4, 248-pounder out of Central Arkansas, he totaled 62 tackles, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles as a senior, and finished his college career with 16.5 sacks. For more Patriots information, check out weei.com/patriots.

The Patriots became the first team in the NFL to vote unanimously to recertify the National Football League Players Association as a union after lengthy meeting with NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith on Wednesday, according to Ron Borges of the Boston Herald. The recertification of the players' association is expected to continue throughout training camp and without an issue, as all 32 teams are expected to vote on the issue sooner rather than later. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.