If you could get a stud defensive tackle without using a first-round pick, what would you give up to do it?
Apparently, the Washington Redskins are ready to trade Albert Haynesworth just one year after signing him to a monster deal, because Haynesworth doesn’t want to play nose tackle in the 3-4 defense Jim Haslett is installing for new coach Mike Shanahan.
So the big question is: What would it take to pry Haynesworth away?
Part of the reported reason the Eagles didn’t want Haynesworth was because he was due a $21 million option bonus on April 1 (no foolin’). But even after Washington paid that monstrous sum, word is it wouldn’t take more than a second-round pick to take Haynesworth off Shanahan’s hands. In fact, Shanahan reportedly has asked owner Dan Snyder if he can trade Haynesworth, whom Snyder has paid $32 million over the last year.
In the second round, St. Louis (first pick), Detroit (second) and Tampa (third) would seem to have the edge (Tennessee and Jacksonville don’t have second-rounders). But perhaps the Seahawks (28th) could offset that advantage with a little cash incentive and an extra pick.
Teams reportedly are not allowed to send cash directly to other teams for players, but the Hawks could offer to add the money to Haynesworth’s deal.
It has been speculated that Haynesworth might be willing to pay back some of that $21 million bonus to facilitate a trade, and he would surely be more willing to do so if his new team was offering to make up some of that cash in a new deal.
Haynesworth is signed through the next three years at a reasonable price of $15.7 million, with his 2010 and 2011 salaries guaranteed at $3.6 million and $5.4 million.
In 2013, his contract would need to be reworked because it includes a $20 million optional signing bonus and base salaries in excess of $8 million per year through 2015.
So why not redo the deal now? Give Haynesworth a $20 million roster bonus upon completion of the trade and renegotiate the salaries. So the total deal might end up being for something like six years and $48 million. Haynesworth can give back maybe half of the $21 million he got from Washington in exchange for Washington trading him to Seattle, and he ends up making $70 million over seven years and $45 million in 2009-10.
If the Hawks could get Haynesworth for their second-rounder (and maybe a fifth) and pay a total of about $8 million per year for six years, including $23 million in the uncapped 2010 year, that would be a fair deal for a stud 4-3 tackle. After 2010, he would be paid about $5 million per year.
With their ongoing flirtation with Brandon Marshall, the Seahawks have shown they aren’t averse to adding guys with checkered pasts. Haynesworth has had some anger-management issues, most notably the face-stomping of Dallas center Andre Gurode in 2006. But if the Seahawks felt he had that under control, he would be worth pursuing.
New Seattle running backs coach Sherman Smith, who was in Washington last season, surely could offer some insight into Haynesworth’s character. Coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider also would need to meet with Haynesworth, as they did with Marshall, and be comfortable with him.
Even after giving up a second-rounder for Haynesworth, the Hawks would be in good position at No. 14 to trade down and pick up another second-round pick that could be used to get Marshall.
In support of that theory, ESPN’s John Clayton predicts there will be a run on pass rushers between picks 15 and 20 and that the Hawks might be in the cat-bird seat at No. 14 for teams like Philadelphia or Dallas.
The Eagles would need to give up the 55th overall pick for that move from 24 to 14. The Cowboys would have to give up their second and another pick (third or fourth) to move up from 27.
Or, per another rumor making the rounds, the Hawks could give up No. 14 for a second and first round pick in 2011.
At this point, Haynesworth probably will favor going back to Tennessee or possibly playing for his old coordinator, Jim Schwartz, in Detroit.
But it certainly wouldn’t hurt for the Seahawks to see what it might take to get Haynesworth themselves.