Titans fans weren’t too happy when Pro Bowl DT Albert Haynesworth jumped to the Redskins on the first day of free agency. But, according to The City Paper in Nashville, Tenn., the Titans did little to persuade Haynesworth not to accept the Redskins’ seven-year, $100 million offer:
- As it turns out, the Titans drew their line in the proverbial sand, and didn’t deviate from it, which played a large role in Haynesworth signing his record deal with Washington early in free agency. Tennessee’s final offer to Haynesworth, according to a league source, amounted to a four-year package worth $34 million total, with about $20 million in guarantees, The City Paper learned. …
- According to a league source with knowledge of the situation, the Titans made that offer in late January and never seriously moved far off it, even as the deadline for free agency approached. That package is close to what has been reported as the offer that Haynesworth and the Titans nearly agreed upon before the July 15, 2008 deadline to sign the tender offer or play for the one-year $7.25 million figure.
With a gap of $66 million and three years between the offers (the Redskins’ deal also included an NFL-record $41 million guaranteed), it’s not difficult to see why Haynesworth went to Washington.