Albert Haynesworth and 5 Regrettable Trades
This offseason has seen a multitude of big moves. Many big free agents have been signed, but many trades have also gone down. Trades are more significant because teams sacrifice not just cap space, but also draft picks or players.
It remains to be seen how each of these trades turns out, but here are five highly hyped trades that teams will have regretted pulling off…
5) New England Patriots Trade for Albert Haynesworth
While it may appear that the Mike Shanahan had dealt with the Haynesworth situation very poorly in Washington, and that Haynesworth was simply misunderstood, that should not alleviate any concerns about Haynesworth’s character. Even if we discount his situation in Washington, Haynesworth has always had problems of misconduct and being a distraction for the team.
Perhaps, a fresh start with no-nonsense coach Bill Belichick is all he needs, but maybe not. Jeff Fisher already was a no-nonsense coach and could not control Haynesworth’s behavior.
When at his best, Haynesworth is the best defensive lineman in the NFL. Unfortunately, he frequently does not give it his all and this can be made more apparent by his failure to pass the Redskins’ physical.
This trade has huge upside, but can also be disastrous and turn into a major team distraction.
4) New England Patriots Trade for Chad Ochocinco
Everyone seems to think that Chad Ochocinco is going to be the savior the Patriots need and is surely the next Randy Moss.
Don’t believe the hype.
The wide receiver formerly known as Chad Johnson has never resembled his All-Pro self since his infamous name change.
The difference between Moss and Ochocinco is that Moss stopped giving it 100 percent in Oakland, and was then motivated to play with a future hall of fame quarterback in Tom Brady.
Ochocinco has not given up, but his skills have diminished greatly. He has lost speed, strength, and drops way more passes than he once did. The fact that he was outperformed by an older Terrell Owens is indicative of this.
Ochocinco is no longer a No. 1 receiver, but a solid No. 2. He is no longer superior to Wes Welker. It is also worrying that he appears to be struggling to learn the Patriots offense.
This move was not the move the Patriots needed and will not supply a serious upgrade at wide receiver.
3) Arizona Cardinals Trade for Kevin Kolb
Kevin Kolb is expected to lead the Arizona Cardinals to a bright future and a sure NFC West title at the least, but the Cardinals may be in for a nasty surprise. Similar to how Andy Reid had shipped out A.J. Feeley for a second round pick, who then showed his true colors as a career backup, Kevin Kolb will likely be a similar story.
Kevin Kolb has many strengths, such as accurate passing and agility. He also has many weaknesses, which overshadow his strengths. He does not have a quick release and does not handle pressure well, often appearing to panic when the pocket begins to breakdown.
On a team like the Cardinals, that is a bad combination. The Cardinals offensive line is not a good one, and was made to look better under the quick release of Kurt Warner. It will throw off Kolb’s rhythm and take away much of his effectiveness.
Kolb may be good enough to win the Cardinals a few more games, but not good enough to beat out Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams for the NFC West.
2) Miami Dolphins Trade for Reggie Bush
Reggie Bush is a fine football player, showcasing his incredible playmaking potential during New Orleans’ 2009 Super Bowl run. But as a running back he is mediocre, if not subpar. He does not have great strength and is poor at running between the tackles.
He is an excellent receiver, but with the departures of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, the Miami Dolphins will find that Bush is a disappointing player.
He will make a few big plays, mostly as a receiver, but is not and never will be the franchise back that a team needs.
1) Philadelphia Eagles Trade for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
While Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a Pro Bowl cornerback, it is very likely the Eagles will regret this trade.
It was quite a bargain to get their hands on Rodgers-Cromartie via the Kevin Kolb trade, but as Nnamdi Asomugha and Asante Samuel are expected to start on the outside, Rodgers-Cromartie is being asked to play the inside as the nickel corner.
At 6'2" and 182 lbs, Rodgers-Cromartie is certainly physically gifted enough to play on the inside; but, he is just not accustomed to that position. His playing style is very similar to that of Asante Samuel, playing on the outside with solid cover abilities, along with big play capabilities.
And as Rodgers-Cromartie is regarded as a poor tackler, he may not be the Pro Bowl cornerback at the nickel spot that the Eagles expect him to be.
Rodgers-Cromartie has also regressed since the 2009 season, nabbing only three interceptions last season. It is possible that, similar to 2010, he is in truth a good corner, but not a star corner.
Now that the Eagles have released a very good nickel corner in Joselio Hanson, their hopes rest solely on Rodgers-Cromartie to protect the inside. And with the average linebackers on the team, Rodgers-Cromartie needs to fill a very important role on this team.
It would not surprise me to see him fall short of the expectations.