Despite denials by master smoke-screener Mike Shanahan that Haynesworth is for sale, the Redskins have already made the moves the replace him.
The 'skins have stockpiled defensive linemen in the past few weeks, including Carriker, Howard Green, Anthony Bryant, Maake Kemoeatu and Greg Peterson.
Think those moves are a coincidence?
Albert Haynesworth is very likely to be traded within the next 48 hours. Regardless of how much the Redskins have paid him already, Mike Shanahan will not tolerate players like Big Al who challenge his authority.
Yes, the Redskins (and Dan Snyder) will lose $32 million by dealing him now. But, Shanahan obviously believes the Redskins will be better off without Haynesworth. So, the logic is that while they are technically losing money, they are gaining a stronger team.
The Redskins are desperate for additional draft picks right now. With various holes to fill, their current four picks are not nearly enough to fix the problems.
The Skins will attempt to deal Haynesworth for a second round pick, and they will probably get it. Haynesworth's contract for the next three years is a very manageable $16 million, a bargain for a player of his caliber.
Which team is the most likely to deal for him? It appears that the Detroit Lions could be the leading candidate.
Since Jim Schwartz was Haynesworth's defensive coach in Tennessee, he might be the most willing to pull the trigger on the deal. Such a deal might entail something like Detroit's second round pick for Haynesworth and the Redskins' fourth round pick.
Detroit might look hard at this trade if they are seriously considering a left tackle like Okung with their second overall pick. The additions of Okung and Haynesworth would seriously upgrade the lines on both sides of the ball.
That particular trade would also allow the Redskins to pick up two quality offensive linemen in the first two rounds (Trent Williams at #4, and then someone like Bruce Campbell with the second round pick).
Regardless of who trades for Albert Haynesworth, the question about this trade is no longer IF. The question is WHEN.