Albert Haynesworth Interested in Detroit, Lions May be Interested Too
Albert Haynesworth is available once again.
Last time, Haynesworth was interested in heading to the Detroit Lions.
This time, Detroit may be just as interested.
After the trade between Philadelphia and Washington for Donovan McNabb, it was reported that Washington had tried to include Haynesworth in the deal and Philadelphia would not take on the disgruntled defensive tackle.
Then, Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reported that the Redskins would like to move Haynesworth before the draft , only a year after making him one of the highest paid players in professional football.
Haynesworth is a perfect fit in the 4-3 as a 1-technique or "nose tackle." It goes to reason, with his size and skill set, that he would be a fine 3-4 nose tackle as well.
He doesn't like the 3-4, he doesn't respect the 3-4, he doesn't want to test out a new position that he isn't sure he'll excel at.
Most of all, a player of Haynesworth's caliber is always unlikely to be interested in a thankless position. A nose tackle in the 3-4, is charged with occupying blockers and letting his linebackers grab much of the glory.
Kelly Gregg, in Baltimore, is a great example of a very good player than no one appreciates.
Haynesworth does not want to travel down that road.
Head coach Mike Shanahan does not want to argue.
Detroit may be the front runner no one is talking about.
Talking to a source close with an AFC team, I learned that Haynesworth is rumored to have remained upset with himself for moving to the east coast and wants to move back to the midwest/south area.
It also became clear that Haynesworth and new-Lion Kyle Vanden Bosch have remained in contact over the past year and reuniting is something that is on Albert Haynesworth's mind.
Finally, a source close to the Lions' organization reported that Vanden Bosch has stumped for Haynesworth since arriving in Allen Park, both on his arrival and as Haynesworth became available.
EDIT: Now, (4/7 @2PM CDT) a fourth source has confirmed reports that Haynesworth is desperate to play in Detroit and get out of Washington. This source also says that the Detroit Lions have talked to the Redskins about a possible deal.
But would the Lions pay him all that money?
In a word, no.
Haynesworth's massive contract was structured in a series of bonuses. Technically, Haynesworth is only owed a guaranteed $5 to $7 million a year over the next three years.
After that, there is a large bonus heading into Haynesworth's 32-year-old season, a bonus which is almost certainly not going to be paid.
However, the Redskins just paid a $21 million bonus, some of which, the Redskins would want back.
What Haynesworth would cost the Lions is another matter, but as of right now, it is unknown if the Redskins are anywhere near the other two parties in terms of interest to getting this deal done.
But Albert Haynesworth, who credits Schwartz and Vanden Bosch with the best year of his career, wants to play in Detroit.
And Detroit could certainly use him.
The interest is there, a deal just needs to get done.
Michael Schottey operates Blue And Silver Pride and is a Detroit Lions featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He also serves as a team correspondent for DraftTek.com and is a guest blogger for Mlive's Highlight Reel. Check out his Podcasts and add him on Twitter!
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