As we all know, Albert Haynesworth will likely never suit up for the Washington Redskins again. Meaning that his seven-year, $100 million contract turned into another high-priced bust for the Skins and owner Dan Snyder.
The question now becomes where will Haynesworth end up? Fat Albert was one of the NFL’s most dominating players during his final two seasons with the Tennessee Titans, as he earned All-Pro selections in 2007 and 2008. Despite two down years in Washington, you’d have to thing Haynesworth would still be useful as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme.
One issue will be conditioning. The 6’6, 335-pound (that’s generous) Haynesworth has never been known as a workout warrior. In fact, he failed two conditioning tests during training camp for the 2010 season. Throw in the fact that he’s only played in 20 games over the past two season and that will certainly give any team interested in his services reason to pause, especially with his price tag.
But there has been news this week that Haynesworth has interest in moving to another NFC East team and he’d be willing to take a pay-cut in order to do it.
Several sources are reporting that Haynesworth wants to play for Jim Washburn, his former position coach with the Tennessee Titans. Washburn was hired this week by the Philadelphia Eagles. Apparently Haynesworth would be willing to take less money to play under Washburn again.
The issue now will be whether or not the Redskins will simply release the disgruntled Haynesworth, or whether or not they can work out a mutually agreeable trade with the Eagles. We’re pretty sure the Redskins aren’t exactly fired up about sending the big man to a division rival, but they may not have much of a choice. And besides, these two teams have worked out a trade for a big name player before.