Albert Haynesworth and the 5 Biggest Malcontents on the Trading Block
Every offseason NFL fans anticipate certain players getting traded before the start of the next year.
What makes this offseason different is the lockout. Normally, most trades are usually done by the end of the draft, but the lockout has prevented any transactions from taking place to this point.
Whenever things return to normal, if possible, teams will move quickly to make up for lost time.
Many players can't wait to get traded—some express it a lot more than others.
Most of these players have several good years of football ahead of them. As a result, teams can still get decent value in return.
Let's see which players would love to find a new home.
6. Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals
According to Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown, Carson Palmer is not on the trading block.
However, if Brown could check his ego at the door, the smart move would be to trade him.
The Bengals would get nothing in return if Palmer decides to retire, except some self-satisfaction for Brown. If they trade him now, Cincinnati can at least get a second-round pick in return.
Palmer gives the Bengals the best chance to win right now, but it's obvious he doesn't want to be there anymore.
As an owner, Brown shouldn't risk having his coaches deal with an unmotivated Palmer— if he really doesn't want to be there, the veteran might start trying to play his way out of Cincy.
5. Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals
Chad Ochocinco or Chad Johnson, or whatever else you want to call him, is one of the premier divas in the NFL.
The issue with divas is that teams are willing to put up with their antics if they are talented enough.
Statistically, Ochocinco did not have a bad season in 2010. He caught 67 passes for 831 yards and four touchdowns. However, the veteran receiver has clearly lost a step.
At age 33, he is definitely on the decline.
The Bengals don't want to put up with Ochocinco's antics anymore. They will try to get value for him while they still can.
If only they would do the same with Carson Palmer.
4. Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia Eagles
Kevin Kolb wants to start—he made that clear to the Philadelphia Eagles.
But, he did it in a way that didn't create friction between himself and the organization. It was done in a matter-of-fact fashion, not as if he felt entitled to the starting job.
Regardless, Kolb doesn't want to spend another season as a backup.
Everyone can understand that as competitors, players want to be on the field. Kolb is no exception.
While I personally believe he has not provided a large enough sample to prove that he can be a franchise quarterback (whereas Kyle Orton, for example, has), Kolb is one of the hottest names on the trading block.
As a result, the Eagles can get good value if they decide to trade him.
3. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
Steve Smith came off the worst season of his career. He caught 46 passes for 554 yards and two touchdowns.
The worst part is that Smith was healthy last season.
After being a part of a 2-14 Carolina Panthers team, it's hard to blame him for wanting out.
The 32-year-old Smith isn't as fast as he used to be, but he's still fast enough to get the job done. His decline in production was simply reflective of terrible quarterback play more than anything.
The Panthers made it clear that if Smith wants out, they are willing to work with him.
They will be looking to continue their youth movement by trying to acquire draft picks in any potential trade.
2. Vince Young, Tennessee Titans
Vince Young still has his best years ahead of him.
His appearance on the trading block is a reflection of the Titans' dissatisfaction with the quarterback off the field.
However, despite his character issues, Young played hard on Sundays—the Titans were a playoff contender with him under center.
However, the team all but guaranteed his departure by drafting Jake Locker eighth overall.
Young's talent should get Tennessee good value in return.
The 28-year-old is 30-17 as a starter and can still be the face of another franchise.
1. Albert Haynesworth, Washington Redskins
Apparently, getting paid a guaranteed $41 million and $100 million in total wasn't satisfactory enough—neither enough to get him to work out, nor enough for him to care at all about the team.
Haynesworth is the biggest malcontent on this list for all the wrong reasons.
Give Mike Shanahan all the credit for trying to set him straight, but Fat Albert is a lost cause.
Not only does Haynesworth have on-the-field issues, but at one point during the season, he was dealing with four lawsuits simultaneously.
The Washington Redskins would love to trade him. The only problem is that Haynesworth's massive contract is unattractive to the rest of the league.
If the big princess gets everything he wants, he might actually consider playing hard. Then he might live up to being one of the top defensive tackles in the NFL.
But that certainly won't happen with the Redskins.