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Reactions to the Haynesworth Rumor

Posted by Matt Terl on February 24, 2009 – 4:22 pm

Earlier today, Pro Football Talk linked to a report on the Houston Chronicle‘s blog that the Redskins are going to sign Titans free agent DT Albert Haynesworth, and that he’s not going to come cheap.

The Titans could come over the top of the Redskins deal as well, but my guess is that the Redskins will let Haynesworth get the best offer possible from the Titans and then “better deal” it. My source tells me to look for a contract that could break $100 million with an average of $15 million to $16 million per.

This dovetails with Peter King’s observation in yesterday’s Monday Morning Quarterback column that Washington might be the only team willing to pay the money Haynesworth is going to command.

In fact, Washington might be the logical landing spot. Hmmmm. I wonder why Redskins owner Dan Snyder was having dinner with the agent for Haynesworth, Chad Speck, at Morton’s here Saturday night.

This time of year is when PFT is in its glory, and King’s column is wildly popular, so just about everyone has weighed in with their opinions on the move as if it’s already a done deal.

Mister Irrelevant is unsurprised, unimpressed:

That’s from someone named Lance Zierlein who blogs for the Houston Chronicle. So, grain of salt and all that. Although we’re certainly prepared to believe that this is true. As if there was ever any doubt that Snyder would make a play for Haynesworth.

MJD at Shutdown Corner approves, cautiously:

I’d like to go on record as saying that if anyone out there is worth that kind of money, it’s Albert Haynesworth. Dan Snyder’s made his poor free agent investments in the past, but I’d fully endorse the signing of Haynesworth.

He’s 27 years old, and the most dominant player in the league at his position, if not the most dominant player in the league, period. When Haynesworth is on the field he’s going to occupy at least two blockers in the middle of the line, pretty much eliminating the possibility of the opposition running the ball between the tackles. He gets pressure on the quarterback, too. He is a one-man disruption.

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Tuesday, February 24: An Optimistic View of Jason Taylor

Posted by Matt Terl on February 24, 2009 – 12:23 pm

So according to Jason Cole at Yahoo Sports, Jason Taylor will be back with the Redskins next season, with no apparent change in his deal. The money quote, from Vinny Cerrato:

“We’re not doing anything with Jason,” Washington vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato said. “He’s going to be with us and that’s it. That’s the plan.”

This has sparked some irritation and disappointment on message boards, in my email, and (according to Ryan O’Halloran of the Washington Times) among the folks at the NFL Combine. From O’Halloran’s Combine Insider:

“Ugh” and “Seriously?” were the responses of those at the combine when told the Redskins might bring Jason Taylor back. It makes no sense fiscally or performancewise. He made 37 tackles (according to the NFL) in 526 snaps (according to The Washington Times). Taylor said late in the season, “This dog can still hunt.” But what he wouldn’t admit is that the hunting conditions weren’t optimum.

What jumps out at me here is the “no sense performancewise” assertion. Did Taylor’s stat line earn him next year’s contract?

Not even close. No one on earth would claim that 29 tackles and 3.5 sacks are worth eight million dollars (let alone second- and sixth-round picks) — even Taylor himself agrees with that. But here’s the thing: he’s not getting the eight million for those stats. Read more »

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