Albert Haynesworth Is Not Worth $100 Million: Redskins Made a Very Poor Decision

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIFebruary 27, 2009

The Washington Redskins made a splash in free agency this year; they also might have broken the bank with what could prove to be a horrible investment.

Albert Haynesworth has been considered by some to be the hottest free agent this year. Apparently, the Washington Redskins were firm believers in this as they did everything they could to acquire his services.

Signing a great talent like Haynesworth to strengthen your defensive line is not a bad move but spending $100 million dollars to acquire him is a bad move.

Essentially, Albert Haynesworth will be making more than Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. What could he possibly do to contribute to the Redskins winning football games more than Manning and Brady do for their teams?

This might seem like prejudice against the defensive tackle position but the point is that Albert Haynesworth is simply not as valuable as other star players.

Haynesworth had the best season of his career last year with a grand total of 51 tackles and 8.5 sacks.

Sorry, but that kind of contribution is not worth what he is making.

Of course, his presence alone will play a factor in keeping opposing offenses honest but even so, $100 million dollars for this?

Haynesworth will be entering his eight season this year. How many seasons out of his seven-year contract will he remain one of the best at his position?

The guy has only been a Pro Bowler twice, and suddenly, he becomes the savior of the Washington Redskins' franchise? I do not think so.

Haynesworth also lacks durability, big time.

He has never started more than 14 games in a season, so if his history is any gauge, the Redskins can expect to play a few games without Haynesworth.

Do not get me wrong, I do not have anything against Albert Haynesworth. I simply feel that the Redskins went completely overboard and are paying him more than he is worth.

I do not think any defensive tackle has any business making $100 million dollars, let alone a player who has not shown himself to be a true force for any extended period of time. He also has a habit of missing games.

The Washington Redskins sure made a splash this offseason, they just better hope this does not come back to bite them.