Well, no sooner do I tell people to get visions of Albert Haynesworth in Burgundy and Gold out of their heads than comes this report from a blog in the Houston Chronicle:
The Z Report: Albert Haynesworth will be a Washington Redskin: This time around he tells me that the Washington Redskins will break the bank to sign Albert Haynesworth. The Titans could come over the top of the Redskins deal as well, but my guess is that the Redskins will let Haynesworth get the best offer possible from the Titans and then 'better deal' it.The "he" the writer (a Houston radio host named Lance Zierlein) is referring to is a league source he claims is highly reliable.
This come on the heels of Peter King's guess that Haynesworth will wind up in D. C., based primarily on the fact that Dan Snyder had dinner with Haynesworth's agent during the combine in Indianapolis last week.
I'm not going to spend a whole lot of time on this right now because it may or may not happen. It unquestionably would be a good football move. The Redskins desperately need a force in the middle of the line to collapse the pocket and give Andre Carter, Jason Taylor, and other pass rushers a more direct route to the quarterback. Haynesworth could turn the Washington defense from good to great.
There are some flaws to his game. According to King, he has played about 65% of the snaps on Tennessee's defense. Defensive tackles do rotate, but that's on the low side for a big-money starter. He misses games here and there due to injury. And he has missed some due to suspension, like when he tried to rearrange the face of Andre Gurode of the Cowboys in 2006.
How the money side of it will work is a mystery. The talk is of a contract with $30 million guaranteed and $11 million to $15 million a year. Given that signing bonuses can be amortized over just five seasons now and that salaries can go up just 30% a year, it will be very intersting to see how it will work.
If it works at all. This has the aroma of the age-old trick of an agent spreading a rumor about interest on the part of the Skins to try to drive up his client's price. For some reason there seems to be some fire to go with this smoke, but I'm still quite skeptical.