Per Adam Caplan of SIRIUS NFL Radio and Scout.com, the Washington Redskins offered defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth(notes) to the Eagles in exchange for Donovan McNabb(notes). The Eagles passed, ostensibly because they didn't want to take on a contract that will pay Haynesworth a $3.6 million base salary in 2010, and a $21 million option bonus that kicked in on April 1. Haynesworth originally signed a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Redskins in February of 2009, but the first three years are where the real financial ramifications kick in.
In his contract, $41 million is guaranteed, and a poison pill provision in 2013 basically ends the deal in a practical sense in 2012. So, the Redskins were trying to unload a four-year, $48.2 million deal for a player who played in just 12 games in 2009, and frequently left the field when he was activated over further small injuries. Worse still, the 'Skins are trying to switch to a 3-4 defense, and Haynesworth is a prototype 4-3 tackle who has no desire to be a 3-4 nose tackle.
"You look at all the nose tackles in the NFL, they're all the same type guys," Haynesworth recently told the Washington Post. "Like me, I'm 6-6, 330, 340 pounds, whatever. Most of those guys are short, stubbier, pretty much stump-type guys. I don't think I'm built to be a nose tackle, to be honest ... Hopefully they put me at end and that's where I play at. End in 3-4 is the same thing as a defensive tackle in the 4-3, I believe."
Well, it really isn't, but that's beside the point. The point is that while Haynesworth works out on his own, away from team activities (a decision that does not make new head coach Mike Shanahan happy), the Redskins have been shopping their franchise defensive player. And at the same time Shanahan gets the quarterback he wanted, he also learned that it's impossible to simply wave a magic wand and make the effects of years of horrible front-office decisions (the ones that preceded him) disappear.
Stay tuned for more on the McNabb trade, and what it means for all involved!