Jets doubtful to pursue Haynesworth

The Redskins have let it be known defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth can be had in a trade, but to this point the Tennessee Titans are the lone team known to have engaged in discussions.

Are the New York Jets next?

With the news on Tuesday that NT Kris Jenkins is out with a season-ending knee injury, some connected the dots between the Jets and interest in Haynesworth. Judging by our initial reports, that’s not the case. And that’s not a surprise.

NFL Network inside Jason La Canfora checked in on the subject on Tuesday, calling it doubtful. Actually, La Canfora said he’d be both “surprised” and “shocked.” So that’s comfortably being categorized as doubtful, for now.

Looking at compensation, it’s widely believed the Redskins have been seeking a second-round pick in return for Haynesworth. La Canfora believes the Redskins won’t get more than a fourth- or fifth-round pick for the two-time first-team All Pro.

Given Haynesworth’s reluctance to play in the Redskins’ 3-4 defense, there’s little reason to believe there’s a fit with the Jets, who run a base 3-4 but often use different packages. Beyond the reported $16 million due over the final three seasons of Haynesworth’s current contract, a prospective team must consider adding his personality to its locker room. 

The Jets played in 10 games without Jenkins last season, and appear poised to fill his spot internally with Sione Pouha.

For now, any other suitor beyond the Titans is speculative.

– Frank Tadych

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