The newest big man to break the bank is Redskin DT Albert Haynesworth, who shared an interesting piece of info with Adam Schein and Jim Miller of Sirius NFL Radio Thursday. The tidbit was that the Tampa Bay Bucs actually offered more money to sign with them over the Redskins.
Haynesworth’s deal which was signed right after the free agency signing period started, was for seven years and has a maximum value of $100 million that includes $41 million in guaranteed money. “No, I could’ve made more money with Tampa Bay if I had really wanted to,” Haynesworth said when asked if money was the top determining factor in his decision. ”They offered me a whole lot more, and even with their tax situation, it could have been 20 percent more.”
If Haynesworth is telling the truth, which why wouldn’t he being, he could have grabbed a deal that could have totaled $120 million total. Haynesworth though will play in the Nation’s Capital, and claimed to NFL Radio that the team is ready to win now.
“You look at Washington, they’ve got a lot of the pieces together,” Haynesworth said. “They’re right there. They’re in a huge market. It’s one of the largest markets in the world. You’ve just got a large, huge media outlet and it can be life beyond football. Going to Tampa, I mean, great city.
“Looking at it from the offseason standpoint, I love the water. I love to be out in the sun. It’s just awesome, but it would’ve been like another Nashville. Tampa doesn’t have that big market and they don’t have a huge fan base like the Washington Redskins do, so I think it was just a choice just to look at it that way.”
Another team that made an offer to the DT was the Giants, but Haynesworth said it was much less than the Redskins and the Bucs offers. He also said that the Atlanta Falcons and the Denver Broncos had interest.
“There were a lot of teams that wanted me,” Haynesworth said.