Albert Haynesworth was supposed to be a dominant force in the middle of the defensive line for the Washington Redskins last season. Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way.
Instead, Haynesworth was barely noticeable in 2009.
Everyone talked about how his presence would greatly benefit his teammates because he would draw so many double teams. That didn't happen either; linemate Brian Orakpo had his best game (four sacks) with Haynesworth on the sideline.
In fact, Haynesworth standing on the sideline was a common sight last season. Whether or not it was the fault of poor conditioning or lack of desire, Big Al spent most of his time nursing injuries.
Why should Redskins fans expect anything to be different with him in 2010?
If the Redskins keep him around for another year, he will once again be rolling around on the field in agony after only a few plays.
The Redskins should cut their losses now (which would be around $32 million for one season), and trade Haynesworth for as many draft picks as possible.
After paying him the largest portion of his bonus money, Haynesworth now has a three year contract worth about $16.2 million. At that bargain price, there are many teams that would be willing to trade for him.
Mike Shanahan has already shown the willingness to make this trade happen when he offered Haynesworth to the Eagles for Donovan McNabb. The only obstacle to that particular trade was the $21 million bonus that the Redskins had to pay Al on April 1.
That obstacle no longer exists.
If the Redskins are willing to swallow the $32 million, they can easily move Haynesworth. With the already shaky relationship between him and Shanahan, Redskins management definitely has a desire to make it happen.
With Big Al's bad attitude, lack of commitment, and anti-team mentality, the Redskins would be much better off without him. Coach Shanahan wants to build a foundation of strong teamwork, and it can't happen with someone like Haynesworth who believes no one can control him.
While the $32 million might be tough to eat, the Redskins desperately need some additional draft picks. A Haynesworth trade could provide them with at least a high second round pick and a couple of others.
The added draft picks would be much more valuable to the Redskins than Haynesworth's future contribution would be.
So, to whom could the Redskins trade him?
There are many teams that could be interested, including the Rams and the Raiders. With the Rams, the Redskins could pick up the first pick of the second round which would allow them to draft another good offensive lineman.