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In recent years the Bengals have overtaken the Oakland Raiders as the prime destination for bad boy players to go and resurrect their careers.
This is particularly true on the defensive side of the ball. The Bengals have given second chances to the likes of Tank Johnson, Roy Williams and even Pacman Jones.
Haynesworth could find Cincinnati to be the perfect venue to recapture his best form and get his career back on track.
Working for outstanding, no-nonsense coordinator Mike Zimmer, Haynesworth would be placed in the ideal system for him.
The Bengals runs a simple, but highly-aggressive, attacking 4-3 defense, with a premium placed on penetration and toughness.
In this type of scheme Haynesworth would be in his element. He would also benefit from a deep and genuinely talented line rotation. There wouldn't be as much pressure on Haynesworth to be the sole playmaker for the unit.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has plenty of experience dealing with oppositional players. Lewis has had to deal with Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens amongst others, during his long tenure.
Haynesworth would join an up-and-coming contender with a chip on their shoulders to prove they deserve a place amongst the league's elite. That particular sentiment should strike a chord with Haynesworth.
No excuses are made here for Haynesworth's dismal behaviour during the last few seasons. It is indeed a travesty, but also a great shame, that he chooses to waste his tremendous talent.
But when on form, there is no doubt that Haynesworth can still be as dominant as any defensive player in the game.
Purely from this point of view, it would be nice to see him get back to his best and be remembered as something other than the poster boy for everybody's worst opinions of the modern pro.