NFL Trade Rumors: Seattle Seahawks Should Avoid Albert Haynesworth

Chris CluffCorrespondent IIJune 24, 2010

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 15:  Albert Haynesworth #92 of the Washington Redskins sits on the sidelines during the game against the Denver Broncos at FedExField on November 15, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins defeated the Broncos 27-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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A couple of months ago, we speculated on the idea of the Seahawks acquiring disgruntled defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth from Washington.

It was a Monopoly-money, tongue-in-cheek exercise, but now the idea has become a full-blown rumor propagated by others.

While we thought it might be worth checking into in April, it has since become abundantly clear that it is not a good idea.

Haynesworth’s own current and former teammates have had nothing but bad things to say about his bad attitude, which has led to him sitting out mandatory minicamps in Washington because the team is switching to a 3-4 defensive scheme and he doesn’t want to play nose tackle.

Haynesworth is a talented player who can be dominant when healthy, but he also is a chucklehead, and when his own teammates are calling him out for his selfish behavior, that’s the worst sign of all.

Kevin Mawae, who played with Haynesworth in Tennessee, told Sirius NFL Radio that Haynesworth’s hard-headedness in Washington is no surprise to his former teammates in Tennessee.

“I mean, if you don't want to be there, don't take the $21 million contract,” Mawae said, referencing a $21 million option bonus Washington paid him on April 1 after reportedly offering him the chance to leave without the money. “How things turned out it's no surprise to guys that have played with him in Tennessee.”

Current teammate London Fletcher was just as critical, essentially calling Haynesworth a selfish player on the field and off.

Washington is trying to recoup the $21 million bonus, but the team is likely to fail. In the end, the Redskins will probably end up trading him after having paid him $32 million for one season.

Adding this selfish behavior to his history of anger problems and injuries, what might have seemed like a slight possibility a couple of months ago now certainly is not. The Seahawks need to steer clear of Haynesworth.

The Hawks also need to stay away from Marshawn Lynch. Although he’s a hard-running back, he is a powder keg waiting to blow. He already has had several incidents in Buffalo, and the Bills seem ready to faze him out of the offense.

Of course, the Bills stupidly turned down mid-round offers from Houston and Seattle during draft weekend. Now they probably won’t get anything better than a fifth-rounder for him, and the Seahawks shouldn’t even think about it for anything more than a sixth.

Like Haynesworth, Brandon Marshall and LenDale White, there are just too many headaches associated with a guy like Lynch.

Until the Seahawks drafted safety Earl Thomas, one guy who made sense to pursue was St. Louis restricted free agent O.J. Atogwe. If he wasn’t an option after they drafted Thomas, he certainly isn’t now that he has signed a long-term contract with the Rams.

The Seahawks seem set with their major pieces, although they might still be in the running for guard Chester Pitts. With many veterans signing with teams in advance of training camps, Pitts figures to be signed somewhere by mid-July.

Pitts is still recuperating from microfracture surgery, which would seem to make him a perfect backup candidate – a veteran who wouldn’t be asked to play every down. But would the 10-year vet settle for that kind of role?

The addition of safety Kevin Ellison could be one of the best under-the-radar moves made since the draft.

Ellison, picked up on waivers this week from San Diego, seemingly has the perfect resume to challenge for the starting strong safety spot next to Thomas. Ellison played for coach Pete Carroll and crew at USC, where he was a captain and first-team All-Pac-10 in 2008. He started nine games for the Chargers as a rookie last season, and the 6-1, 221-pounder has the requisite size.

The Hawks are unsettled at that position, with 36-year-old Lawyer Milloy currently running with the first string instead of Jordan Babineaux, who has previously proven to be a bad fit as a run-stopping safety.

The one knock on Ellison is an arrest last month for illegal possession of a controlled substance after police found 100 Vicodin pills in his car. Ellison has had knee trouble and had used the painkillers last season.

It looks like the Seahawks might have missed out on a fifth-round compensatory pick in the 2011 draft.

The Seahawks have lost two qualifying UFAs, receiver Nate Burleson and defensive lineman Cory Redding. And they have signed two, guard Ben Hamilton and special-teams ace Sean Morey. They needed one of their other free agents to sign elsewhere to give them a net loss. And with Burleson hauling in $5 million per year from Detroit, that likely would have netted Seattle a fifth-rounder (possibly a fourth) in next year’s draft.

Cornerback Ken Lucas drew the most interest, but Tennessee drafted several defensive backs and Baltimore just signed former Seahawk Ken Hamlin instead.

The signing period is nearly over, and it’s possible that it’s too late for any further free agents to count in the equation (if they weren’t tendered an offer on June 1).

Now Seattle’s only hope of a comp pick seemingly will be based on net value lost, which would be a seventh-rounder (three net-value seventh-rounders were given out this year).

Speaking of draft picks, the Seahawks have been busy signing theirs. They reportedly have secured all six of their Day 3 picks, leaving only first-rounders Russell Okung and Thomas and second-rounder Golden “Donut” Tate unsigned.

As we mentioned last month, Okung and Thomas will combine to command upwards of $50 million guaranteed.

To find out why it might be a good idea to keep troubled linebacker Leroy Hill, go Outside The Press Box.