Five Reasons an Albert Haynesworth-Richard Seymour Swap Makes Sense for Oakland Raiders
Richard Seymour is still a no-show in Oakland, and Albert Haynesworth is still not happy with Washington. Would it make sense for both teams to consider a swap for both players?
The answer is yes. Al Davis should be on the phone with Daniel Snyder or Mike Shanahan to get this deal done yesterday.
This move could benefit both teams and both players as well. Let's take a look at five reasons why this move would benefit Oakland.
Show Me the Money
Most Raider fans would say no to Haynesworth because of the size of his contract. While the contract is a big one, it would also fill a very big need on the defensive side of the ball.
Raider fans should be more worried about the contract Seymour may get from Al Davis. Seymour joked that he wanted a contract like Nnamdi Asomugha's.
If Davis made Tommy Kelly the highest paid defensive lineman a few years ago, what kind of contract will Seymour get out of the Raiders?
If the Raiders are going to pay big money for a defensive lineman, he better solve a problem. The Raiders' main problem is stopping the run, and even with Seymour on the line, the Raiders still ranked among the worst teams against the run in 2009.
It's hard to argue that the Raiders need another high-paid player that doesn't exactly solve an issue on defense. Seymour is a better fit for a 3-4 defense, while Haynesworth is a better fit for a 4-3 defense.
Young Defensive Ends
The Raiders have a lot of young talent on defense that would benefit from getting more playing time. Matt Shaughnessy, Lamar Houston, Jay Richardson, and even Trevor Scott all have potential to be solid defensive ends.
You put a guy like Albert Haynesworth in the middle of that defensive line alongside Tommy Kelly, and these young guys will have an easier time getting to the quarterback.
Make no mistake about it, Albert Haynesworth had a lot to do with Kyle Vanden Bosch's and Brian Orakpo's Pro Bowls and success.
While having the young guys learn a lot from Seymour on the sidelines is a great thing, it will be much better to have these young guys benefit from having Haynesworth on the field with them.
Haynesworth not only will help stop the run and plug up the middle, but he will also make the guys around him better.
Rolando McClain will benefit greatly from playing with a dominant man in the middle. He excelled playing behind Terrence Cody in Alabama and will need help from a big man in the middle in Oakland.
It's safe to say that currently the Raiders don't have a solid rotation in the middle of the defensive line.
Ray Lewis, who is one of the best linebackers to ever play the game, has always enjoyed playing behind a dominant defensive tackle.
McClain would be much better off playing behind Haynesworth at defensive tackle than playing behind Seymour at defensive end.
With Haynesworth in the middle, the Raiders would be able to get to the quarterback a lot easier without having to blitz much. This would be great for their secondary.
The lack of a pass rush has hurt the Raiders secondary. If they didn't have to stack the box to stop the run, the Raiders wouldn't be vulnerable to the passing game.
With all the pressure coming from the defensive line, the Raiders secondary would be able make more plays and create more turnovers.
Stop the Run
The Raiders were once again one of the worst teams at stopping the run in 2009, and that was with Seymour on the team.
Seymour will get a huge contract from Oakland, but it still won't solve one of the Raiders' biggest issues.
The Raiders will face the following running backs in 2010: Thomas Jones, Ryan Mathews, Knowshon Moreno, Steve Slaton, Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson, Jamaal Charles, Ricky Williams, Ronnie Brown, Chris "Beanie" Wells, Frank Gore, Maurice Jones-Drew,and Rashard Mendenhall.
Someone is going to have to help stop all of these guys. Haynesworth would be able to do a lot more than Seymour would when it comes to stopping the run.
If the Raiders are going to pay someone big money to be on the defensive line, they better stop the run.