The New York Jets Should Pursue Albert Haynesworth

Bleacher ReportContributor IApril 6, 2010

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 15:  Albert Haynesworth #92 of the Washington Redskins sacks Chris Simms #2 of the Denver Broncos at FedExField on November 15, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins defeated the Broncos 27-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reported the that Redskins dangled Albert Haynesworth in front of the beaks of the Eagles. Apparentely, Philadelphia was not interested, but eventually traded Donovan McNabb to Washington anyway. 

Canfora also added "other coaches said that they expect the Redskins to continue attempts to move Haynesworth" because Haynesworth isn't thrilled Washington will play more 3-4, and most likely have him man the nose tackle position. 

Jason Reid, a Redskins' writer for the Washington Post , just followed that up when he reported the Redskins are trying to deal Haynesworth prior to the NFL Draft on April 22.

Haynesworth was inked to a seven-year, $100 million deal last year. Doug Farror, who writes for the Shutdown Corner blog, breaks down the contract. 

$41 million is guaranteed, and a poison pill provision in 2013 basically ends the deal in a practical sense in 2012. So, the Redskins were trying to unload a four-year, $48.2 million deal for a player who played in just 12 games in 2009, and frequently left the field when he was activated over further small injuries. Worse still, the 'Skins are trying to switch to a 3-4 defense, and Haynesworth is a prototype 4-3 tackle who has no desire to be a 3-4 nose tackle.

The Jets need an infusion of youth on the defensive line and unrestricted free agent Marques Douglas likely won't return, creating a vacancy at starting defensive end the Jets are probably going to address in the draft. 

Haynesworth prefers that spot in a 3-4 defense the Jets play. The Redskins have no leverage because the enormous contract scares away any suitors, and Haynesworth's "small injuries" make him even more unattractive. 

Haynesworth, 28, is a perennial Pro-Bowler and a disruptive, unstoppable force inside. Entering his prime, he would thrive in Rex Ryan's schemes.

Kris Jenkins, a prototype 3-4 nose tackle, commands attention and occupies blockers in the middle. Haynesworth, Kris Jenkins, and Shaun Ellis, plus the elite unit of linebackers would give the Jets the best front seven in the league.

The Jets finished first in overall defense even without Kris Jenkins. The impact he and Haynesworth would have on the defense would be frightening. Haynesworth lining up at defensive end would instantly boost the pass rush, and clog up any running lanes. 

When Haynesworth was a free agent, fans might have fantasized him joining Jenkins in a Rex Ryan defense that was the best in the league.

Haynesworth is guaranteed another $9 million, less than the Jets have to cough up to keep Vernon Gholston. His injuries are "small." 

Most importantly, he fills the No. 1 need heading into the draft. Haynesworth can kill two birds with one stone by improving the pass rush and giving the Jets future stability at defensive end.

Mike Tannenbaum should swoop in and make a splash at the right price. This is a move that makes sense for the Jets. 


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