Via PFT, sources inside the Redskins organization say that the team is likely to (finally) give up on Albert Haynesworth. It's no secret that he doesn't like playing in a 3-4 defense (where his role is primarily to hold his gaps and wait for the OLBs and DEs to apply pressure) and would rather play on a more aggressive 4-man front. If and when he does get cut, should Angelo and Co. go after him?
The main thing going for him is that when he shows up, he can be a truly disruptive DT in the mold favored by the Tampa-2. He played well enough for the Titans that he was able to get (over)paid by the Redskins, but aside from occasional bright spots he has spent most of his time in Washington either being a non-factor or riding the bench. The Bears already have their very own overpaid. underperforming, and occasionally benched DT in Tommie Harris, but the team has managed to get decent enough production out of our DT rotation despite Harris' struggles. Still, I think joining the team in the middle of a playoff run might be just the kick in the pants that would get some production out of Haynesworth, especially with the extra motivation to perform that being cut would give him. Also, adding another competitor into the DT mix might help push the rest of the rotation to work that much harder. And - assuming "good" Albert shows up - the combination of Haynesworth and Julius Peppers would be everything short of fatal to opposing quarterbacks. On the other hand, Angelo has shown little interest in players who have a reputation for locker room antics and Haynesworth might end up being just as lazy here as he has been in Washington. My honest guess is that if he does get put on waivers that a team with a higher priority would scoop him up before the Bears could, but it's an interesting question nonetheless. Thoughts?