We begin with the obvious. The Redskins' acquisition of Albert Haynesworth absolutely has to be the worst free agency debacle of the last ten years. The numbers tell most of the story. Two seasons, 6.5 sacks, 10 total team victories.... at a cost of $32 million. Then there's the intangibles. Nationally publicized feud with the head coach. A locker room ripped apart. A suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. We get the point.
Now the question is....if you are the Redskins, what do you do at this point?
They've stated that they have no interest in releasing Haynesworth. Sounds good in theory, because he'll be at his introductory press conference at the Novacare complex before the week was over. I've actually speculated myself that if the Eagles weren't interested (and we had a CBA), Haynesworth might have already been released, but thats another argument.
Now we know of course that there is no way to keep him. Theres just too much damage done, to the point where even his own teammates can't stand him, let alone the organization. There is simply no way to be a successful football team with someone like that in your locker room. The team has also stated they are looking for no less than a second round pick in a trade. Once again, a pretty ridiculous notion (then again, Al Davis is still breathing). No team with at least one brain cell would offer a premium draft pick for a 350 pound migraine.
So in the end, the Redskins really are between a rock and a hard place as it relates to Big Al. They can't keep him and the whole world knows it. So making a trade for a guy who is virtually certain to not be on the team anyway doesn't make much sense. I guess at this point its a game of Keep Albert away from Philly while trying to act like we have any leverage at all as far as trade value goes. Supply and demand applies to the NFL too, and unfortunately for the Redskins, the demand just isn't there.