Reading about Albert Haynesworth reluctance to play in the new 3-4 scheme in Washington and the article in Sporting News on the possibility of the Redskins trading Haynesworth just made me wonder what the Redskins could get if they traded the 3 major chips on the roster, that actually might be expendable: Haynesworth, Campbell and Cooley.
I know they are all great players - but maybe they just don't fit or - the value they represent could be better used at other positions.
Please feel free to build on my arguments.
This is not an article to discuss why this won't happen or why you might disagree - I just want to explore the possibilities if Shanahan decided to go "all in" in rebuilding the Redskins franchise.
How much would Shanahan be able to get for Albert Haynesworth ? well if Campbell is worth a 1st - then Haynesworth would probably be worth a 1st and a 3rd round pick ?!?
But if Shanahan really wanted Bradford, could the deal then be Haynesworth and Campbell to the Rams for the Rams 1st round pick and 2nd round pick ?
The Rams would instantly get experience at key positions and quality players with a proven record and they wouldn't have to start a rookie QB right away.
The Redskins would get their franchise QB at pick no 1, they would get Suh, McCoy or Okung at pick no 4 and with the top 2nd round pick cover the LT/DT they didn't get in the first.
Haynesworth could go to a place where he would be the undisputed star.
And Campbell could find a Franchise that could build around his qualities as part of the teams development process.
The Redskins have tagged Campbell with a 1st rd pick. Now if they draft their new franchise QB I think that could be negotiable.
The Rams and The Bills in my mind would be the most likely suitors for a 2nd and maybe another low pick. An early 2nd round pick in this deep draft is somewhat equivalent to a first rd pick in most other drafts. And the Redskins really need picks.
I think Jason Campbell has show tremendous stability under to say the least frustrating conditions. The Rams and Bills could really need that in their rebuilding process. I think that in many ways would be better or both teams in the long haul than it would be drafting say Bradford and Clausen and have the two rookie QBs being "killed" behind shaky O-lines and deprived all confidence when asked to over perform as rookie starters.
The trade of Chris Cooley to New England for a 2nd round pick has been debated in another article - so I won't go into that debate here.
I just think that would be a great deal for all parties.
The Redskins have another super TE and thay need all the picks they can get.
The Patriots need a great TE, especially after Wes Welker injuries and Cooley would be a monster target for Brady - and take some pressure off Moss. And Belichick loves smart players.
Cooley wants to win championships and with him in New England they would at least offensively be contenders. This move could put Cooley into the Hall of fame if everything goes the right way.
I just had to put my all time favorite Redskin player in here - Darrel Green - as sign of the Redskins rebirth.
But in the best scenario where Haynesworth and Campbell goes to the Rams and Cooley to the Patriots the Redskins would end up with:
1st pick overall: Sam Bradford - the new franchise QB. He would start right away, making a Matt Ryan, Mark Sanches impact.
4th pick over all: LT Russel Okung - to protect and to serve Bradford.
2nd rd pick 33 from the Rams: DT Brian Price - he is not Haynesworth but a big man for the front 3 - possibly at NT.
2nd rd pick 37: Carlos Dunlap - mean pass rusher in the 3-4.
2nd rd pick 47 from the Patriots: RB Toby Gerhardt - after learning the ropes Toby will be ready to break through in 2011.
If the Lions get Okung the Redskins will go for either Suh or McCoy then in the second it could be Charles Brown at LT instead of Brian Price at DT.
In my mind it would be a great step in the rebuilding process of the Redskins.
What are your opinions ? is there a realistic trade value offered in the trades ?
Would the departure of Haynesworth be too big a loss ??