So I decided to leave my homeland of Planet Earth for a little while. On my way out of the atmosphere I started feeling a little woozy and a very random, unexplained thought came over me.....
Here me out. Its a foregone conclusion that Haynesworth will be available this offseason, having burned every bridge imaginable with the Redskins. So why would I think its not totally impossible?
First off, our Eagles have shown that they aren't afraid to take a chance on a troubled player if they truly think he can get his shit together and make a difference on the team. Case and point, what sense did it make to sign Mike Vick two years back with a stable QB situation in place and a PR risk too enormous to calculate? Ignoring hindsight, we did it anyway. Second, the man in charge of team personnel just happens to have a soft spot for the big, ugly guys that make their livings in the trenches. And third, the economics would be pretty reasonable considering the fact that no team is going to take a huge financial risk (or any risk at all) on the guy who comes closest to Terrell Owens for the title of "Most Likely to Rip Your Locker Room to Shreds".
UPSIDE: If happy, healthy, and motivated (all major ifs), he would transform the defense. The guy can flat out destroy the interior of any offensive line and would make it impossible to double team the defensive ends. I'd love to hear Stew Bradley and Trent Cole's response to whether or not their lives might get a little easier with a motivated Haynesworth in front of/beside them.
DOWNSIDE: Possible sequel to Terrell Owens (on defense anyway). Enough said.
CONCLUSION: I've come back home now. To be fair, a move like this does have a lot of potential upside (potential being the operative word) , but I shudder at the thought of reliving the 2005 season all over again. Once again though, the Eagles have demonstrated that they'll do extraordinary things if they think they can make it work, so while I would be surprised, I wouldn't be totally shocked. The idea that a team could probably have this guy for a pretty nice price just makes the wheels turn a little bit. I mean a lot of us every week don't mind tossing a couple bucks to the lottery Gods with the delusion that we might be millionaires tomorrow, right?
REQUEST: I don't offend easily but since my kids read this site too I ask that any slander is done so in good taste, lol.