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While that $100 million figure is fishy - guaranteed money in the NFL is what really matters - giving Haynesworth $30-$40 million upfront is a huge gamble and I've long said buyer beware. His on and off field actions have been troublesome (from getting suspended for stomping an opponent's face to run ins with the law), and he has been out of shape with a questionable work ethic for big chunks of his career as well. Haynesworth can be a game changer, but he can also turn into a lethargic guy who is good only on first down. If the Skins wanted to go this route, I would have taken a less severe gamble a year ago and tried to acquire Shaun Rodgers or Kris Jenkins, and they showed no interest in either player.

With virtually no cap space, I find it hard to imagine the Skins could sign Haynesworth, much less have anything left over to address all of their many other needs (starting LB, three offensive linemen, no top-line youth at DE), and with just four picks in April's draft, locking up so much money in one player seems crazy to me, even by Redskins standards.

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 25, 2009; 12:32 PM ET  | Category:  Free Agency , Tennessee Titans , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I don't always agree w/ JLC, but in this case, I'm on his side.

Posted by: bostskin | February 25, 2009 1:57 PM

I'm on his side on this too...We need a lot of improvement on both sides and plugging all the money into one guy just isn't smart.

Posted by: ttn703 | February 25, 2009 2:31 PM

They should sign Dana Stublefield or Dan Wilkerson instead.

Posted by: Rockman2 | February 25, 2009 3:16 PM

I may not understand this non-cap year that is coming next year, but if I do then I don't see this as big gamble for the future of the team. We cannot address all our issues in the draft because 1) we only have 4 picks, and 2) we suck at drafting. What were we about 1 for 10 last year? If I understand the non-cap year thing, we can sign whomever we want this year as long as we can figure out how to get under the cap this year, and then next year dump the player and eat his entire bonus at once in the non-cap year and start over. If Haynseworth has turned a corner in his life and is serious about football, you restructure his deal next year and pay the whole bonus so after that you only are on the hook for his contract. If you cut him at any time after that you take no cap hit at all. If he has not turned the corner, you cut him next year. Along with Randel El, Jansen, Hall, and whoever else is dragging you down. At the same time you go out and get the players other teams are letting go in the no-cap year for the same reason, and sign them to cap friendly contracts. Personally if I was going to rent a player for a year or two it would be Ray Lewis. At least you know what you are getting with him. I here there are at least 3 other FA that may be on the midnight Danny ride too.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | February 25, 2009 4:45 PM

I don't understand how the skins can afford to sign Haynesworth when they are trying to sign D-Hall? Also, they are restructuring contracts for Griffin and Samuels so that in a year or two when these guys are past their prime, we can't cut them due to cap issues. What are they (Danny-Vinny) doing? How do you NOT sign a guy like Demetric Evans who has done everything that they asked him to do and sign a guy like Haynesworth? This is why I cannot stand skin's current management...

Posted by: skinfannomore | February 25, 2009 4:59 PM

Well folks if you don't want to sign him fine, but then don't turn around and wonder why we are 6-10 next year. You have to take some risks to get rewards, and this is a big, mean, nasty guy that mandates a double team. The last mean, nasty intimidator we had was Sean Taylor. He had risks. Very few NFL players mandate a double team. If Randy Moss was available your guys would talk about his risks as well. He mandates a double team. Working out pretty good in New England. Danny go ahead and do your thing!

Posted by: tjohnson2 | February 25, 2009 5:54 PM

The Skins are hopeless until they get rid of Vinnie "I ruined the 49rs" Cerrato and Danny Snyder as the judges of talent for this team. ANY SKINS fan needs to refuse to buy anything with the Redskins logo on it till Snyder fires Cerrato and hires a GM. IT IS OUR ONLY HOPE.

Posted by: riggo56 | February 25, 2009 7:56 PM

This is the type of thinking that has messed our country up. One man is not worth 30 mil unless he can win the game by himself! Since the Titans didn't win the Super Bowl this year, one can only assume that Haynesworth, who is oft injured and if I'm not mistaken was suspended two years ago for assaulting another player, can't do the job. Much like overpaid CEOs, free agents rarely live up to the hype and are just as likely to be released two years into the deal.

Posted by: DredScottFitzgerald | February 25, 2009 8:36 PM

They need to ask themselves, "What would the Steelers do"

And what would the Titans do for that matter. They had a great season and suffered a fluky loss to the Ravens in the playoffs.

The Skins need to become one of those franchises that draft guys like Haynesworth.

Posted by: saqster | February 25, 2009 11:33 PM

It's the standard Dan Snyder move: forget about building a team, just acquire talent. And adjust whatever scheme they had last year. Haynesworth is a very good player but he's not going to make Jason Campbell into an NFL QB or fix Vinnie's lack of drafting skills.

No, this move reeks of "time to get people to renew season tickets by making another splash move" season.

Posted by: Leofwine | February 26, 2009 7:16 AM

It depends. Are the Redskins receiving any bailout money?

Posted by: peterandmeredith | February 26, 2009 9:16 AM

Absolutely not!!!!!!

Posted by: kendra2 | February 26, 2009 9:28 AM

Signing an aging veteran who has all kinds of head problems and only performs at peak when he is playing for the next contract would be the dumbest things the Redskins could do. So when is the press conference announcing his signing ?

Or perhaps this is a diversion to "look like" the skins are playing in the big leagues when they are really looking for the "value" players at much lower prices.Nah, that would require some brain power and savvy sorely absent from Redskins Park.

Posted by: jmsbh | February 26, 2009 10:17 AM

$100 million is probably a little too steep for my liking but I just want to say that it is wrong to stomp on another player. At the same time, I've always let him slide on that one because of that ugly blue star on the other guy's helmet. That star can send some people into random fits of rage. But it is still wrong.

Posted by: CBDC1 | February 26, 2009 10:18 AM

Also, we are in dire need of upgrading the defensive line. Now hopefully we can get a good tackle in the draft.

Posted by: CBDC1 | February 26, 2009 10:19 AM

offensive tackle

Posted by: CBDC1 | February 26, 2009 10:20 AM

This would be one of the dumbest moves this dumb front office has ever made, and that is saying alot. Their D was actually pretty good last year, and they can adress the lack of rush with a much cheaper FA or in the draft. They need O-Linemen. When the line was still heathly at the beginning of the year they were 6-2 and spreading the ball around. When age caught up to the O-line and their health deteriorated the team collapsed. Get younger on that side of the line and Jason stays on his feet longer, Portis gets more yards, and the team will make the playoffs.

Posted by: beargibson | February 26, 2009 10:25 AM

Are you kidding!!! The skins should avoid this like the plague. They are not one player from the SB. They need to get there cap house in order and build from the draft.

Next season:8:8 at best but then we should return to winning if the skins keep thier eye on the ball and not blow a big wad on one guy.

Posted by: drpolarbear | February 26, 2009 11:03 AM

How many quality players & needs could we fill by NOT signing him. How about getting Dockery back now that he's been released and drafting some young vibrant talent for the future

Posted by: black42 | February 26, 2009 11:40 AM

Hey, look at the game film. Albert Haynesworth is the best DT in the game today -- bar none. He is double teamed almost every down and still makes more plays than any other DT. The Redskins have Cornelius Griffin (a fine DT when healthy). The other Redskin DT's are -- at best -- WELL BELOW AVERAGE. Signing Haynesworth will put Carter and Taylor in 1v1 to the tune of 10 sacks each.

Sign Haynesworth; Sign D-Hall; Draft an outside LB at #13 in the draft (Laurentitis or Curry, if available). If they do, we'll have the best defense in the league and make a run in the playoffs.

Posted by: BubbaGump13 | February 26, 2009 1:36 PM

I'll say it one last time...
Everything starts with the LINES...We need to focus on fixing the OFFENSIVE And DEFENSIVE Lines.. 2 reasons..Poor Pass Protection and Poor Pass Penetration. Fix that and you're investing in a Team the fans will Support will dollars gallor. Forget Haynesworth...plenty of Stable talent in the league

Posted by: veeshul | February 26, 2009 2:03 PM

As a Skins' Fan for over 40 years now, I have to express my total disapproval of any ultra expensive deal to sign Mr. Haynesworth (aka, reincarnation of Bruce Smith at twilight of his career)--I fondly remember the "Over-the-Hill Gang" and can honestly say "those days are over!" For the Team and Fans' sake, I must emplore Misters Snyder & Cerrato not to mortage our potential to shortly become a strong SB-caliber contender by signing this expensive player...make no doubt about it, just like Jason Taylor in a Skins' uniform, Albert will begin dancing w/the stars while recording little to no sacks!!! Please spend the money (mortage Skins' future) on young, hungry & teachable high-potential draftees/free-agents...only if/when we (Danny/Vinnie) truly commit to that team-advancement approach will we all (once again) find ourselves proudly singing, "Hail to the Redskins!" I've supported the Skins for more than 80% of my existence and know what I'm suggesting--let's get it right this time people...don't sign Hayneworth or any other high-profile players who are committed more to their personal salaries than to doing 'whatever it takes' to get into and win another SBC for this traditionally proud team and loyal fan base! For $100M, Mr. Haynesworth should personally have to guarantee a SBC during his contact and no injuries--something I seriously doubt he'd ever agree to and/or be able to live up to...if he's like some of Vinnies' other high-dollar transplants, he'll treat the Skins like the NFL's safe, pre-retirement staging team! Please don't make me abandon a team I've loved most of my memorable life by wasting this kind of team capital--for $100M we can afford to sign 3-5 top-caliber, competitive draft picks that can jell together and cover a few seasons before free-agency could raise its ugly head! I asking my fellow Skins' fans to cry out loudly, "No" to this would-be super foolish deal!!! Leon Jackson, Long-time Skins Fan and DC Native of the Proud Anacostia Indians

Posted by: lojackso | February 26, 2009 4:18 PM

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