NFL Rumors: Albert Haynesworth To the Detroit Lions? Don't Be Surprised
Call him team cancer, call him selfish, call him a cry baby and an overall jerk. But one thing you can't take away from him is his production.
Haynesworth, with out a doubt in my mind, is still the best 4-3 defensive tackle in the NFL, and a force to be reckoned with at all times.
It was a possible move of adding Haynesworth before the draft that got many Lions fans twisted in thoughts that maybe Detroit wouldn't draft the next big thing, Ndamukong Suh. The rumor just won't die and it's been running through every die hard Lions fans' mind over the last few months.
So here's your shot at the 6'6", 350 pound defensive tackle, possibly worry free.
In case anyone here does not have a TV, I'll quickly break it down for you. Albert Haynesworth is a 4-3 defensive tackle, and was promised when he signed the massive $100 million deal to come to Washington, that he would always be able to play in the 4-3.
However, the Redskins had a sub par year at best and were in need of a big change. Bring in Mike Shanahan, the future Hall of Fame coach who led the Denver Broncos to two Super Bowl championships.
The only problem, Shannahan was also bringing the 3-4 defense with him, which would force Haynesworth to play nose tackle, a position he is not willing to play.
With all that said, Haynesworth has already been paid $32 million of his $41 million guaranteed money from his seven year, $100 million lucrative contract.
He was given the option to leave and find a new team, or take the check and come back and play, he took the check—and to the rage of Redskins fans, still hasn't and reportedly won't show up to mini camp.
Getting a good idea of how this guy works yet?
It seems as though he has robbed the 'Skins of their money, which they are trying to get back.
Now to where the Lions fit into this.
You can call the biggest reason right off the bat, Jim Schwartz was his former defensive coordinator. But I think the biggest reason, is because the move makes sense for Detroit.
Being a team who has lived in the gutter the last 10 years, Detroit is making a strong push to become a respectable team again. Adding Haynesworth could prove to make Detroit's defensive line possibly the best in the NFL.
Imagine Ndamukong Suh and Haynesworth next to each other, causing havoc to opposing offensive lines and quarterbacks, while newly acquired Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cory Williams blast past overworked linemen to get the sacks. Then having a mix between Hill, and Avril coming in on certain downs.
What team wouldn't want depth and talent like that?
When it comes down to it, Detroit will have to consider the plus/minus of the guy.
Two big negatives stick out with Albert.
One, he is lazy.
And two, he is a cry baby.
Remind you of a certain talented tackle that played in Detroit a few years back?
Then you have injuries. The last time Big Albert played a whole season without missing a game was his rookie year. Since then, he has missed an average of about four games a year. Something any team is going to consider now that he got knocked off his high horse a little bit.
Then you have his positives. The guy idn't have 28 sacks for no reason. If it wasn't for injury, he could have very well been the league MVP in 2008.
Not to mention what he does for his ends. Great tackles typically make great ends, not the other way around. If you need some proof, look at the game stats when Haynesworth and Vanden Bosch played together in Tennessee.
Look closely at the games Albert wasn't playing in, you will typically see zero sacks for Vanden Bosch. Then look at when he's playing, the numbers one, two, and three in the sack category will be what typically comes up.
One more positive, he's still only 28 with many good years ahead of him.
Now that we know what kind of game he can bring to the table, let's figure out what the contract will look like.
Maybe I shouldn't have said worry free in the beginning of the article, because there is always some kind of warning, but what I was talking about is what Detroit would have to give up for him. The answer, maybe just money.
With all the confusing and almost annoying frustrations in the Redskins locker room recently, Haynesworth has almost worn out his welcome in Washington. Many players have recently spoken out against him and don't care to have him back.
The front office is trying to get their money back, and Albert still isn't showing up.
From my understanding, no team is going to give anything up for him in a trade. So Washington just might cut him, and just deal with getting screwed over and move on.
If he is cut, there are only a few teams that would actually be interested in him, Detroit being rumored as one of them.
In my opinion as a Detroit Lions fan, I would love to see him in a Lions uniform next season.
Sure, you wan't the high character guys who play for the love of the game, and not so much the paycheck. Yet at some point, you have to grab the talent, and Albert Haynesworth could be the answer.
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