There have been a ton of rumors flying around the NFL and in Philadelphia. One of the biggest rumors, literally and metaphorically, is the one going around that Jim Washburn has been pressing Andy Reid and Howie Roseman to look at Albert Haynesworth.
Not too sure how many people around Philadelphia feel about that as a possibility, but let's look at it.
We all witnessed the sideshow that was the Albert Haynesworth fitness tests down in D.C. The mammoth of a man could not even run a simple fitness drill.
He moved to D.C. from the Tennessee Titans on a huge free-agent deal worth $100 million over seven years, with a possibility of $115 million based on performance incentives. Albert received $41 million of that guaranteed.
Daniel Snyder sure does love throwing unnecessary money at people.
Haynesworth went into a new system, under a new head coach in Mike Shanahan. Boy, that combo fit like a glove, did it not?
The financial issues with this signing would probably cause Joe Banner to take an Alka-Seltzer while reading over the details.
Although, that being said, he would have a huge impact.
Andy Reid has never strayed away from his belief that NFL games are "won in the trenches." You think Juan Castillo and Jim Washburn are not at least reminding "Big Red" that "Big Al" is not happy in D.C.?
A man-eater of a DT, he would turn the Eagles' defensive line into a brute force to be reckoned with. Antonio Dixon and Albert Haynesworth would push up the middle together, creating headaches for the quarterback and forcing running backs outside.
Couple that with your Pro Bowl DE in Trent Cole, and the carousel of "fastballs," as Andy likes to refer to them, on the other side, including Brandon Graham, Darryl Tapp, and company.
The endless defensive line pressure would free up the secondary and linebacker core, allowing them to play in position and not forcing them to blitz to put pressure on the quarterback.
It is still a long way from a realistic possibility. But Howie Roseman's words leave the door open.
“If a player can fit into the culture of what we’re trying to do and stay within our structure and adopt our team-oriented goals, maybe the risk is worth the reward."