Albert Haynesworth proved his worth last season with the Titans.
The Pro-Bowl defensive tackle recorded eight and a half sacks, 75 tackles and forced four fumbles for Tennessee last year on their way to a 13-3 mark.
The result was the AFC South crown and a first-round bye in the playoffs (though they didn’t get far in losing to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Playoff round).
However Haynesworth was in the running for the defensive player of the year award and catapulted into elite status among NFL defenders.
With such a high stock it was no surprise Haynesworth ended up elsewhere. Late last week the 320 pound star inked a seven year valued at approximately $100 million dollar deal with the Washington Redskins.
The Redskins have done well thus far in trying to shore up their defense. Just before the Haynesworth deal they signed standout cornerback DeAngelo Hall to a six year, $54 million contract.
But it begs the question is he worth $100mil? At this point that’s debatable.
First up he has physical question-marks. He missed games this season due to a knee injury and he didn’t make much of an impact in the Baltimore game.
Secondly his character has question marks. His run-ins with coaching staff at his alma-mater Tennessee and a 2006 on-field altercation with a Cowboys player are well-documented.
From there it’s worth noting Haynesworth excelled in large part due to the Tennessee defensive scheme. With two other playmaking defenders beside him, offensive lines had to make tough reads and Haynesworth could wreck havoc on every play.
The prospects of a repeat of that in Washington are doubtful. Offensive lines will key in on him and force older, oft-injured players like a Jason Taylor to beat them.
It seems to be a win-win situation for all sides. Washington gets respect in the middle and Tennessee gets to show their defense is greater than one man.
In the end Haynesworth is a good player right now but only time will tell if he is worth all that money.