With the news that Albert Haynesworth isn't reporting to voluntary off-season training camp in hopes of a trade I see that the Titans and the Lions are teams showing the most interest. The skins wanted at least a second round draft pick for the Pro-Bowl caliber DT and it got to me thinking about how the Lions could pull this move off.
Now I'm not one for saying that the Lions should do this move but just pause and think about it...if we draft Suh/Mccoy and they play as well as Haynesworth (multiple pro-bowls, close in winning defensive player of the year) wouldn't we be happy?) Haynesworth is a proven commodity, in what u would consider a bad year last year he still put pressure on the qb despite being double and triple teamed and opened up lanes for his ends to cause havoc on opposing qbs.
I only can think of three negatives our of possibly doing this trade (of course this is if we only give up our second round pick)
1. Haynesworth has a bad attitude and won't want to play with a losing team.
-The Lions need more players who take losing personally and not just as a given. They need guys who get angry at a loss and hold people accountable. Give me a guy that yells at his team-mates to step it up over a guy who holds their hand any day of the week. Haynesworth is pissed because they want him to play 3-4 which I'm sure they didn't tell him when they were courting him in free agency. I can understand the guy not wanting to play that position in a 3-4 as it gets the least respect and is arguably the hardest. Here he has his coach and a team willing to let him do what he does best....create havoc in the backfield.
2. Haynesworth will cost too much
- This is the biggest myth out there. Rookie contracts are getting astronomical...Suh will be asking for close to as much as the Lions would pay for Haynesworth if not more. ....plus Suh hasn't proved what he can do in the league either.
3. You don't build a team through free agency but through the draft
- Very true, but if you could draft a pro-bowl caliber player with your second-round pick in a position you have a need in wouldn't you do it every day of the week? ?
The more I think about the more I want the Lions to pull the trigger if this trade is an option. The number one pick can be traded down or used for Okung/Berry/Haden and in the first two rounds the Lions would have addressed serious needs. I know it' considered a risky move but the reality is that u should take proven skills over potential skills any day of the week when your team doesn't have a lot of talent. If this trade is available pull the trigger