Washington Redskins: Can-ty Afford Albert Haynesworth?

CodyContributor IFebruary 26, 2009

As the free agency period begins at midnight tonight, there is a buzz around Redskins camp that DT Albert Haynesworth is the No. 1one target by Dan Snyder and Co.

According to an odd source in the Houston Chronicle's Lance Zierlein, a deal could give Haynesworth close to $100 million, giving the No. 1 available defensive lineman $15-$16 million per year.

Can the Redskins really afford to do that though?

Well yes, but it would leave the Redskins gasping for cap room, and with plenty of other needs, it doesn't seem like the right move to make.

Plus, Haynesworth carries a lot of negatives as well, including a pending case where he was charged with reckless driving after wrecking another car, causing another man to need a hip replacement.

Not only that, but who can forget the stomping he gave Cowboys center Andre Gurode?

Also, Haynesworth has gotten into fights with teammates on two occasions.

One such incident was with former college teammate tackle Will Ofenheusle, where Haynesworth reportedly picked up a long pole, then went looking for Ofenheusle before being stopped by coach Phillip Fulmer.

The other occasion involved Titans' guard Justin Hartwig, who was kicked in the chest by Haynesworth while he was already down on the ground during a one-on-one drill in training camp.

On another note, Haynesworth will be 28-years-old at the start of next season. Although that isn't bad, Haynesworth still has durability issues, as he has averaged just 12 games played in his last six seasons due to injuries or suspensions.

So is Haynesworth really the best option?

In my opinion he isn't worth it. I know he would improve the defensive line by taking pressure off the ends and linebackers, but Haynesworth is a head case that may or may not show up to play on Sunday.

I would just as soon re-sign both Kedric Golston and Anthony Montgomery, and also look at free agents DE Chris Canty and OLB Bart Scott.

Canty would be familiar with the Redskins organization, as he recorded his first career sack against Mark Brunell as a member of the Dallas Cowboys.

The only red flag with Canty would be his left knee, in which he tore his ACL, MCL, and PCL as a senior with the Virginia Cavaliers.

That said, he seems to have rebounded well from that and his numbers continue to improve each season. At 26, he still has a lot of growth ahead.

Scott, on the other hand, has been a quick drive down I-95 from the Redskins as a member of the Baltimore Ravens for the past seven seasons, playing both inside and outside linebacker.

His versatility could be extremely helpful to the Redskins who lost Marcus Washington and have an poor pass rush.

In the end it's in the hands of Dan Snyder, Vinny Cerrato, and Jim Zorn. Hopefully they've done their research and will ultimately do what is best for the organization.