Would Albert Haynesworth Be Worth the Risk to Oakland?

Rumors abound about if and where Albert Haynesworth will traded.  Among the teams, the Oakland Raiders of course, because they have to included in every trade about a malcontent or problem child, right?  So is he worth it?

*While the specific effect on the Redskins was minimal (they already had a good D from 2008), his previous team, the Titans, saw a huge dip in their passing D.  Haynesworth takes 2 OL with him, causing 1 on 1 matchups for the remainder of the DL while pressuring the QB to make quicker throws.  Tough to say how that would affect the Raiders, their run D was so bad, that the pass D wasn’t tested.  Most likely, their run D would be better, and with LaMarr Houston and Rolando McClain, would make their middle solid.

*The cost would be minimal, the Redskins have already given $32 of the $40 million guaranteed money, so from a salary standpoint, it would be just paying yearly for the best DL in the league with little guaranteed money left.  Favorable in that respect.

*The cost of draft picks would be high.  Redskins should be looking to recoup 2 1’s and some 2’s in draft picks.  The Raiders can not afford that, they have already given the 2011 pick away for Seymour, and with the continued household cleaning they have done with their free agents and a re-focus onto draft picks, I can’t see the Raiders wanting to part with to much unless they feel this is a playoff year.

*They just got rid of JaFumble and that attitude…and a few other similar attitudes in the last few years.  With the young, developing nucleus, I’d be very careful of adding a constant distraction to this team.

So, is he worth it?  If you can wait it out to see if he gets released, then absolutely yes.  Via trade, I couldn’t see with the NFL the way it is structured today giving up many draft picks, so absolutely no unless you can get away with only giving up 2’s and 3’s.


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