NFL Trade Speculation: Eagles an Apparent Match for Albert Haynesworth

Jason KarlAnalyst IIIMay 18, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth #92 of the Washington Redskins in action during preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Redskins 20-10.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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One of the most linked players to the Eagles on the trade market is Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

Haynesworth, of course, is still upset about playing the nose tackle position in the Redskins' 3-4 defensive scheme. When he signed his $100 million contract, he envisioned playing in a 4-3 as a penetrating defensive pass-rusher.

The only coach who has had success motivating Haynesworth to play up to his highest potential is current Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn.

Haynesworth spent seven seasons under Washburn in Tennessee, and even said, “I owe Coach (Washburn) pretty much everything.”

A reunion may not be out of the question.

Steve Wyche, a senior columnist at, recently wrote an article stating that Haynesworth could be a fit for the Eagles.

Wyche has been around the league for years and his opinion is well respected.

It boils down to whether the Eagles would be interested in Haynesworth. I am sure Jim Washburn is desperately trying to convince the front office that he can motivate Haynesworth.

Would the Redskins trade Haynesworth though to a division rival? Well, with the Donovan McNabb trade last year, the Eagles showed they are not scared to trade within the division.

Haynesworth is still owed most of his bonuses, so he would not come as expensive as most think.

Another possibility is Haynesworth being released from the Redskins, allowing any team to pick up his services.

The Eagles can get a quick fix to an ailing pass rush with the addition of one of the best defensive players in the game.