OK, NFL Nation. Here’s a test. Everyone who thought the Redskins would be so dissatisfied with DT Albert Haynesworth one year into his seven-year, $100 million contract that the team would be willing to trade him, raise your hand. Thought so.
However, the reality is that a year after the Redskins included an NFL-record $41 million guaranteed in that contract, the new regime under Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan tried to include Haynesworth in trade talks for Donovan McNabb, per NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora.
La Canfora has been all over this story. Recapping recent updates, he believes “it’s hardly out of the question” the Redskins would eat upwards of $20 million of the guaranteed money just paid to Haynesworth to deal him. La Canfora also told fans during his live chat Thursday there is “a very real possibility” something will happen between now and draft weekend, noting the Lions and Bucs have discussed it internally.
The willingness by Shanahan to shop Haynesworth before he was paid a $21 million bonus last week, and the idea he still remains available, speaks volumes about the mindset in Washington. Multiple reports say he has collected $32 million in 14 months. The Redskins, who have no second- or third-round picks and will watch 99 picks go by between their first- and fourth-round selections, would be paying a steep price to re-institute those picks via a trade of Haynesworth.
Along with the Lions and Bucs, The Washington Post lists the Titans and Jaguars as teams who could be interested in Haynesworth. But what would it take to land him? The Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt reports the Titans would not be willing to surrender a first-round pick, but would be willing to give up a third (they have no second-round pick). Tom Kowalski of MLive.com says the Lions are interested if the price is right.
The better question is what the Redskins will be willing to take? This story promises to have an interesting, and likely complicated, ending.