Alright, let's really address this whole situation with Albert Haynesworth. Really look at it from both sides, because there are two sides to this story. Hate him or respect him, we all know he can be both a cancer and a dominating defense by himself. The question is do we as fans really want him or does this have disaster written all over it? Poll and points after the jump.
First the positives of signing Albert Haynesworth. Alberto's last two season in Tennessee he had 14.5 sacks and 91 total tackles. Those are pretty impressive stats for a defensive tackle, a position where stats rarely tell the whole story. Haynesworth actually stuffs the run a lot more than he gets after the quarterback which is saying a lot in Washburn's scheme. Our run defense has always been our achilles heel, sooner or later it bites us. Haynesworth would address that, even in a pass rush happy scheme.
For those worried about Albert's age, he actually is only 29 years old. He could easily give us three or four All-Pro type seasons. His contract won't be as bloated if we sign him for two reasons. One, our owner is not Dan Synder. Two, Albert has had two disapointing seasons and his on-field performance of "The Worm" on MNF will alone scare any team of giving him a fat contract. There are plenty of reports that Albert would love to play for coach Wash again and would take less money to do it. He would probably play for satan before he would play for Shannahan again. A motivated Albert Haynesworth and Jim Washburn just go hand in hand. Add that with a very reasonable contract, at least for our side, and this move just makes sense. Mike Patterson would probably be moved to clear some space and we are still very much in play for Nnamdi Asomugha and possibly even Plaxico Burress.
Now the easy part, the negatvies. In two seasons for the Lolskinz, Al has somehow mustered up a total of 6.5 sacks and 53 total tackles. 2010 was a nightmare, Haynesworth had just 16 total tackles and 2.5 sacks. Not exactly the type of numbers that gets fans excited about a player. Especially a player who has been a major headache for the past two seasons.
Haynesworth can't seem to stay out of trouble. Whether he is groping waitresses or racking up DUI's, Haynesworth is a major character concern. We passed on a play with huge potential in Jimmy Smith because he got caught smoking dope. I'm sure there is a lot more to that, but it raises a big question. Will Andy Reid really take on a player with that much baggage and attitdue problems? The answer has been no since Terrell Owens.
Haynesworth is entering his 30's as of this Friday. He has one final big contract left in him and he will certainly want to pursue that. He's gotta feed his family. Judging by what Albert looks like, that's probably a pretty big family. Nothing in his personality would make me think he is going to take a incentive based contract or jus less money in general and be a model citizen at the same time. He hasn't been motivated since 2008, which means he is really out of shape. Will he actually be in prime shape by the start of the season, which is guaranteed to start on time now according to Mike Freeman of cbssports.com.(twitter is realfreemancbs, no e-mail provided)