NFL Trade Speculation: Why Swapping Kyle Orton for Albert Haynesworth Works

Eli NachmanyCorrespondent IIIJune 3, 2011

NFL Trade Speculation: Why Swapping Kyle Orton for Albert Haynesworth Works

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    GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 12:  Quarterbacks Derek Anderson #3 of the Arizona Cardinals talks with Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos before the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated
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    As the lockout has raged on, trade rumors have quickly made their way to the forefront of news and subsided just as quickly.

    Carson Palmer, Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb are three quarterbacks who've been discussed over and over again in trade rumors.

    Kyle Orton, however, hasn't been talked about as much.

    Trading him for Albert Haynesworth, however, would make perfect sense.

Denver Needs a 4-3 Defensive Tackle to Be an Anchor

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    GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth #92 of the Washington Redskins stands on the sidelines during preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona
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    With the hiring of John Fox, the Broncos will move to a 4-3 front and scrap their old defensive alignment.

    Gone are the days of Jamal Williams holding down the middle of the line for the defense, and Denver is now in need of a dominant 4-3 defensive tackle.

    Say what you want about his attitude and off-the-field actions, but Albert Haynesworth fits the bill.

    In a 3-4, Haynesworth is an albatross and a waste of money, but in a 4-3, he is a productive player with a fantastic skill set that many defensive line coaches dream about coaching.

Denver Needs to Take Pressure off Tim Tebow

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    DENVER - DECEMBER 26:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos rolls out and looks to deliver a pass against the Houston Texas at INVESCO Field at Mile High on December 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Texans 24-23.  (Photo b
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    Whether it's Kyle Orton or Tim Tebow starting at quarterback for the Broncos in 2011, Denver is not a playoff team.

    With that in mind, the team may as well make way for Tebow to take over the job, and get rid of Orton to take pressure off of their young quarterback.

    Without Orton in Denver, Tebow wouldn't always be looking over his shoulder whenever he made a mistake, which could help the former Gator to ease into a starting role.

    You may not like Tim Tebow, but as of now, he is the future of a Broncos organization in the throes of a major rebuild.

The Redskins Must Rid Themselves of Haynesworth

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    ASHBURN, VA - JULY 29:  Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth #92 (R) works out with Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett (L) after the Redskins first day of training camp on July 29, 2010 in Ashburn, Virginia.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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    Dan Snyder's legitimacy as a good owner has been called into question, and two words best describe why he is not fit to be an NFL owner: Albert Haynesworth.

    The team (and Snyder) needs to rid themselves of Haynesworth, the symbol of lost seasons on this Washington ballclub.

    The Redskins aren't terribly talented, but having Haynesworth add an unnecessary distraction only hurts the team.

    Be it to Denver or wherever else they can dump him, Washington can't go on with Haynesworth as a member of this team.

Washington Needs a Quarterback

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    LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Rex Grossman #8 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass in the fourth quarter of a game against the New York Giants at FedEx Field on January 2, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. The Giants won the game 17-14.  (Photo by
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    Last year, Washington shuffled through quarterbacks like card dealers shuffle through decks, and without a talented starter at the position, the Redskins have no chance to compete.

    Donovan McNabb is out, Rex Grossman is ineffective, and John Beck is unproven; Kyle Orton would become a mainstay and a fan favorite for the Redskins.

    Orton can have success, and as he proved last year, he doesn't need much of a running game to post good numbers.

    Mike and Kyle Shanahan could run their base offense through Orton, who has already proven that he can digest Josh McDaniels' much more complicated attack.

It Would Be a Win-Win

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    GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 12:  Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Gett
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    If the Broncos merely rid themselves of Orton and get an ineffective Haynesworth, they will still win in the deal.

    Denver just needs to give the reins to Tim Tebow, and not have a Derek Anderson-Matt Leinart situation develop.

    Washington, in comparison, can't lose either.

    The Redskins would be free of Albert Haynesworth, and in the best-case scenario, would get a long-term solution at the quarterback position.