Albert Haynesworth Should Be Pursued By the Oakland Raiders

Elias TrejoSenior Analyst IIApril 5, 2010

LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 22:  Albert Haynesworth #92 of the Washington Redskins watches the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Fed Ex Field on August 22, 2009 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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There are multiple reports coming out that the Washington Redskins are not happy with Albert Haynesworth. Haynesworth also doesn't seem happy with the Redskins switch to the 3-4 defense.

The Raiders are in need of a defensive tackle, and need to figure out how to stop the run. It wouldn't be a reach to suggest that the Raiders could go after Haynesworth; not many people thought the Raiders would go after Mcnabb.

Now McNabb is with the Redskins and rumors are going around that Haynesworth was included as part of the trade, but the Eagles refused because of his giant contract.

If there is one man out there who is willing to dish out money, it's Al Davis. He currently has the highest paid punter, kicker and cornerback on his team, and he will most likely make Richard Seymour one of the highest paid defensive lineman in the league.

It appears that the Redskins are open to listen to trades for Haynesworth. They gave up their second round pick for McNabb. Would they be willing to take the Raiders' 39th pick for Haynesworth, or would more be needed?

This would give the Raiders a solid defensive line that would no doubt stop the run and cause havoc in the backfield of opposing teams.

A line that would include Haynesworth, Seymour, Tommy Kelly, and Matt Shaughnessy would instantly rival the Vikings front front four.

If Al "Big Money" Davis wants to make a splash and grab an aging veteran, he should look into this deal.

Many will argue that his contract will be an issue, but Davis doesn't care about contracts when there is a salary cap, and he most likely won't care when there isn't one.

This is a move that could instantly put the Raiders back in line for a division title. Many fans were let down when McNabb was traded to the Redskins because they felt he gave the Raiders a shot at the playoffs.

McNabb wouldn't be the only piece on offense that the Raiders would need, and had they traded they would only have a first round pick to help improve the offensive line, but there would still be a need for a defensive tackle.

Haynesworth can give the Raiders a better chance at making the playoffs than McNabb. If the Raiders draft an offensive tackle with their eighth pick, then JaMarcus Russell or Bruce Gradkowski can could do enough to lead the Raiders to the playoffs. 

The New York Jets made the AFC Championship with a great running game and a solid defense, despite the fact that quarterback Mark Sanchez was horrible during the season throwing, with 12 TDs and 20 INTs.

The Raiders definitely have two quarterbacks who have the ability to produce those numbers, and with Haynesworth on defense, the Raiders would have a championship quality defense.


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