With the free-agency signing period just starting midnight Thursday, the Washington Redskins have done what everyone had expected them to do for a couple days now—actually, I figured this was going to happen ever since he announced he would test the market—sign Albert Haynesworth.
I guess taking last year off in the free agent pool made good old "Danny Boy" feel left out.
The Redskins signed the husky (that was my mom's nice word for me when I was a fat kid) 27 year-old Haynesworth to a reported seven-year, $100 million contract, with an NFL record $41 million of it guaranteed.
Personally, I think this is way too much money for one guy, especially one that plays about 70 percent of the time.
I know he’s a beast, and with having to face running backs like Brandon Jacobs, Marion Barber, and Brian Westbrook two times a year, he will definitely help clog up the middle, but for $100 million!
They could have signed a whole defensive line for that much.
I still don’t understand how they were even able to give him that much money, with the fact just hours earlier, they had re-signed DeAngelo Hall to a reported six-year, $54 million contract.
That’s $154 million for two guys, both with character problems, and prior on and off the field incidents in the past couple years.
I guess these hard economic times aren’t affecting Redskins Park too much, or at least the players there.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for bringing in young talent that can help the team. Especially since the defensive line, and cornerback position, needed to be addressed.
I just have a bad feeling about both these acquisitions and hope history doesn’t repeat itself.
The 6'6", 320-pound Haynesworth had 75 tackles last season for the Tennessee Titans, with a team-high four forced fumbles, and a career-high 8.5 sacks. Not too bad for an interior lineman.
The career-high thing scares me a little, but if he can just duplicate those types of numbers, and assuming they have enough money to keep Jason Taylor (or the rest of the team for that matter), the 'Skins' defense could be pretty scary.
With teams not being able to double Taylor, or Andre Carter, they may be able to get some pressure on the quarterback from the outside.
Something Redskins fans haven’t seen since the late Ronald Reagan was President.
As with any free agent signing for the Redskins, don’t hold your breath on whether or not he will work out. It either will, or it won’t.
I know this though, if it doesn’t, no one in Washington will be there to bail Snyder out.
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