Albert Haynesworth Is Worth a 2nd Rounder, Raiders!
Albert Haynesworth was at the bottom of the world after commiting assualt on a player in 2007. He then came back and was the best DT in the NFL in 2008, only to hit a funk with the Washington Redskins in 2009. Then comes the McNabb deal to not Oakland, but Washington. According to that, Washington offered Haynesworth for McNabb in the deal, and guess what? He was unhappy (see Cutler, Jay). Haynesworth is now just a pissed off big DT in the wrong system. Washington is willing to get rid of him at all costs. A 3rd Round Pick is being fielded for Albert, but they may want more in return for Big Al. That leads me to my next point. The NFL Draft. Most experts, except of course Kiper, say Oakland needs OT and DT in Rounds 1 and 2, and then hard workers after that. They badly need a franchise LT, which should be Oklahoma's OT Trent Williams. The thing is, if KC takes Williams at #5, then Oakland now has no need for a crappy tackle at 8, and with both Suh and McCoy off the board, they can trade down. Where to trade down to? They could trade back to #25 and land that pick for #8 plus Baltimore LT Jared Gathier.I'll talk later about what to do with #25. So, if Washington is looking for a 3rd, why not give them a 2nd and Russell for Haynesworth. Russell could clear cap room and sit behind McNabb. So we've landed Haynesworth before the draft, and now we could land Gathier and Pick 25 for Pick 8, but only if Williams, Bulaga, and Okung aren't there. Then we have a solid, young LT, plus our only pick in the First Two rounds. Assuming Haynesworth restructures to a Tommy Kelly type deal at least, I think we take Clausen if he takes the "predicted slide" down. If he slides past SF at 13, he could be going all the way to #26 at Arizona. But now, a team with a newly acquired need at QB has Pick 25. The Raiders would then take Clausen. Baltimore and Washington wouldn't be too upset, as Washington could still take a DT like Thomas in Round 2 and then, of course, the Ravens would take Eric Berry or Earl Thomas at #8 to replace Ed Reed. These would be great ways to improve the Raiders, with a new LT, a new "run stuffin" DT, and a young Qb to sit behind Bruce who eats at Subway. We would then go for maybe a MLB in Round 3 and be set in a rather weak division. Austin Swaim writes his weekly column in the Lakewood High School paper every week in Lakewood, CO. He is an expert on the Nuggets, Avalanche, and other sports teams in Colorado, except the Denver Broncos.
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