Jackpot!: Albert Haynesworth Gets $100 Million from Washington Redskins

Vincent JacksonCorrespondent IFebruary 27, 2009

Well, you can't blame Washington Redskins' owner Daniel Snyder for not being aggressive.

In a span of 12 hours, he has signed cornerback DeAngelo Hall (six years/$45M) and now has grabbed arguably the NFL's most dominant defensive lineman in Albert Haynesworth.

This year's NFL free agency period may be its most hectic ever, and Haynesworth is now the first huge name off the board.

Haynesworth, 27, agreed to a seven-year contract, and including performance-based incentives, this deal could reach the $115 million mark.

Pending what Washington does in the draft, the Redskins are looking to have one of their most successful offseasons ever, and adding Haynesworth now gives offensive coordinators in the NFC East something to gameplan around.

This was a big gamble to sign a player of Haynesworth's caliber. He now joins the likes of Peyton Manning and Carson Palmer as $100 million men in the NFL.

He has not played a full season in his entire career, which will concern some fans, and has had some questionable off-the-field issues. 

After all, this is the same team that signed former Defensive Player of the Year, Dana Stubblefield, from the San Francisco 49ers back in 1998 to a large deal, and that decision blew up in their face.

They also signed the likes of Jeff George, Adam Archuleta, and Deion Sanders to multi-year deals.

There are still many big names out there, but Haynesworth gives the Redskins instant defensive credibility in their 4-3 scheme that did not generate much pass rush at all last season.