It seems as of late that the Tennessee Titans are the trendy pick to be called "one year wonders".
Everyone's excuse being "the loss of Albert Haynesworth is just too big a blow for the Titans to repeat as division champs".
I say that's garbage.
I have followed the life and times of Albert more than most, being a huge (understatement) Tennessee Volunteer fan as well as a Titan fan.
His 11 years in uniforms that I hold dear to my heart will be missed...but not seven years, $100 million missed!
Kudos to the man for getting that kind of contract, but thank god it wasn't with Tennessee, and I truly mean that.
So let's take a trip down the avenues of why I think Tennessee made the right choice.
For the sake of the argument I am going to assume the Titans will repeat as division champs, as to primarily focus on why I do not believe Haynesworth's departure will affect them as harshly as some of you seem to believe.
I'll start by opening this article with a sentence that is sure to fire up some of you Al' lovers...
Albert Haynesworth is overrated!
The title should say it all.
Since 2002 (his rookie year), Albert Haynesworth hasn't played a full season because of various injuries.
His legs are prone to injury because let's face it, the guy is a load. He is all of 6'6" and 320 pounds of pure...not really sure to be honest with you.
I suppose it's a mixture of fat and muscle, it's the ratio that concerns me.
Either way, the guy gets hurt.
He is also well known to just give up on plays, or "take plays off" if you will. Any football player will tell you, that's when your most likely to get hurt. Ironically it's when your trying not to !
So that begs the question, "was it really smart to give him $ 41 million in guaranteed money?"
With his character issues and his track record, I say absolutely not.
He already has eight years in the league and numerous MCL and leg injuries.
His size and weight is what's so appealing to coaches and fans alike...but his legs would disagree.
So it's just inevitable that Washington at more times then a handful, will find themselves with one of the highest paid players in the NFL defending the hell out of that bench.
I am sure we all remember this incident.
I seriously recall saying to my friend..."dude, did you see that? That guy just took cleats to the face!"
Albert even tried pulling off the guys helmet in order to maximize the cleat to face damage.
If that doesn't spell out anger issues I don't know what does.
In all seriousness though, who wants a player like that on their team? For all the good they do, they turn around and revoke it by getting crazy penalties and suspensions.
A five game suspension to be exact. That is the longest suspension ever dealt out by the league for an on the field act.
Well Washington, you do have a milestone holder on your roster now. I hope it was worth $100 million.
That wasn't the only foot beat down big Al' has put on someone. He also kicked fellow teammate Justin Hartwig in the face at practice once as well.
It doesn't go into details during the practice report, but I would love to know if it was a roundhouse.
He has also attempted to beat one of his teammates to death with a pole!
An altercation erupted at practice one day between him and fellow teammate Will Ofenheusel. Haynesworth wasn't satisfied with just kicks to the face this time, he literally went and got a pole to replace his footwork.
The coaches talked him down (probably using elephant tranquilizers), and he fortunately didn't hurt the guy, or his feet's reputation for laying down the law.
Obviously the picture refers to his on the field incidents, but he also has a problem with staying out of trouble off the field.
Albert seems to envy players that run past at record speeds on the gridiron, so apparently he makes up for it by buying fast vehicles and breaking speed limits left and right.
He has even been charged with road rage. Yes the charges were dropped but he probably scared the skinny motorist to death.
All these character flaws equal suspensions, which means your multi-million dollar stud isn't doing what he is paid to do.
Once again, is this the type of guy that you want to give $41 million in guaranteed money to?
Seven Year 100 million dollar contract! Good grief. Someone isn't worried about the recession.
This contract could also pay up to $ 115 million if he meets all his incentives, but from what I have pointed out I highly doubt he meets the criteria.
Either way I am sure it doesn't bother him too bad.
$15 million is like that change in your jeans that just gets eaten up by the washing machine to this guy at the present moment.
It obviously should go without saying that this deal is one of the largest ever in the history of the NFL.
My question is why?
Tennessee never came close to offering what several teams were throwing at him.
Washington fans, does it not concern you that the team Albert has played for since 2002 didn't seem to think he was worth all that cash?
Here's a few reasons I have come up with:
They feared for the safety of the rest of their players.
They got tired of all his Chuck Norris imitations.
They got tired of chaining up all foreign objects so that he couldn't wield them at anyone.
They were losing too much money paying off scared motorists and pedestrians.
They couldn't design strong enough helmets to defend against his possessed cleats.
He was a food bandit..."You going to eat that cornbread?"
And the list could go on.
On a serious note though, Tennessee learned from their salary cap mistake from the past when they held on to Steve McNair for a few years too many. They had to let go of valuable players just to pay others that were past their prime.
Now I am not saying Haynesworth is past his prime age wise, but with all his incidents and injuries, who really knows when that is?
Tennessee has a solid defense, a very solid one at that. They proved that game in and game out when Haynesworth was defending that water cooler.
So I say, good riddance Albert Haynesworth.
Tennessee will be just fine without the overly paid Nascar wannabe ultimate fighter.
Hope you get your money's worth Washington...