The great Kevin Ewoldt of Hogs Haven reacted to a piece by Tim McManus from Philly Sports Daily regarding the Eagles’ potential interest in Albert Haynesworth. McManus wrote:
“(The Redskins) are not going to cut (Haynesworth),” said one source with knowledge of the situation. “If the Eagles or anyone else wants him it is going to have to be by trade. Because if they cut him, that’s giving him his way.”
It makes sense. It would be a huge disaster to cut Haynesworth and let him play for Philly.
- Releasing Haynesworth means he would likely get an incentive-based contract, which means he’d basically be playing in contract-year mode.
- Haynesworth of course played with Washburn in Tennessee and had a solid relationship.
- Haynesworth vs Rabach two times a year will be a disaster.
- Haynesworth has a cheap contract the next 2 seasons. That alone has trade value.
Is everyone on the same page with me that management is doing the right thing shelving Haynesworth? The only way I see this playing out is Haynesworth continuing to disrupt the team with minimal efforts in training camp.
I get Kevin’s 4 points. They all make sense, and I’ll admit that if I were a Skins fan I might feel the same way. But at some point you have to kind of stop worrying about “other teams” and do what’s best for your own. If the Redskins and Eagles were… say… the Patriots and Jets (two teams clearly in a two-team race for the division, and both SB contenders), then yes, I would agree 100%. But that’s not the reality. The Redskins are not going to seriously contend for the Super Bowl this year, so who cares where AH goes? You can’t let emotion (or in Shanny’s case… ego) cloud reason.
For me, that eliminates reasons 1, 2, and 3.
However, I can certainly get behind reason 4, but I wouldn’t drag it out very long. As soon as FA gets underway, I’d shop him (that’s sort of a given), and I’d take whatever I can get. If absolutely no offers come in, I swallow my pride and cut bait. That would suck, no question, but no way do I let this cancer occupy my hallways for another second, particularly when I just drafted 12 rookies. The mistake has been made already. There’s pretty much no way to salvage it at this point. Why continue to hurt your own team just to spite another?