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Jim McCormick
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Jim McCormick

The editor and publisher of Blitz Magazine

The Price is Right?

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Defining a player's worth in the NFL these days is a tricky science. Appetites vary throughout the league as to what position is a true priority. The 49ers, for example, have invested heavily in their secondary the past few years while the Jets seem more inclined to endow their front seven. The Raiders like to give as much money as possible to players that they will subsequently release within a year. Every team has a different approach when delving into the free agent market.

But a talent like Albert Haynesworth is the exception. His relative youth and dominant play over the past two seasons has created the perfect storm for this year's free agent market. Most teams, it seems, would neglect their palate and back-up the truck to land "Big Al."

The argument for paying Haynesworth lies in the fact that he's a 28-year-old beast that consumes opposing lines and single-handedly changes the dynamics on the field. Consider what fellow defensive tackle Kris Jenkins did for the Jets' rush defense this past year or how crucial the Williams tandem is to Minnesota's defense - allowing Jared Allen to freely pursue the QB. The dominant tackle has become the in vogue position for teams looking to reinvent their defense.

Is Haynesworth, the man that was once most famous for plunging his spikes into Andre Gurode's face, worthy of franchise QB money? The answer lies in the market. Haynesworth's career has been rife with injuries and character questions, but on the field he delivers an undeniably appreciable return. Value in the NFL it seems is defined by what the market will bear. With division rivals the Giants and Redskins purportedly in hot pursuit, he ultimately merits the big money because the market deems him worthy.

By Jim McCormick  |  February 26, 2009; 3:49 PM ET  | Category:  Free Agency , Tennessee Titans , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I put a lot of stock in what the commentators say on Sirius/XM as they're made up of ex-players and ex-GM's.

Their feeling was that while Haynesworth was an exceptional player, that this contract would effectively hamstring whoever gave him the money. That was the morning before the Redskins signed him.

The truth is if he was that dominant, Tennessee wouldn't have let him go. And the Redskins problems last year were all over the field, but O-Line was a bigger need in my opinion.

When you see this signing with the overpayment of Deangelo Hall, you realize the Redskins really have no clue what they're doing.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | March 2, 2009 7:09 AM

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