Albert Haynesworth, the marquis name of the 2009 free agency, has signed with the Washington Redskins for a mind-boggling 7 year, 100 million dollars. The deal likely makes him the highest paid defensive player in the league. The 27 year old player could potentially add exactly what the team has lacked for so long — a decent pass rush. It’s certainly refreshing to see Washington voluntarily address defensive line needs, though the past experience in free agency cannot help but make me cringe a little at the sheer price tag involved.
The team also signed one-time bargain basement corner DeAngelo Hall to a 6 year contract worth 55 million. Scuttlebutt also mentions names such as Offensive Lineman Derrick Dockery, Dallas Defensive End Chris Canty as potential points of interest. Shawn Springs seems likely to become a salary cap casualty, meaning that we’re going to rely on Hall to potentially start which is a scary proposition. I liked him when we had him for dirt cheap, but now that we’re paying real money, I’m especially wary of him returning to his Oakland Raiders form. Without knowing the particulars however (especially the signing bonus), it’s difficult to say how cap-friendly the contract is, so it’s possible that it’s still a reasonable deal.
I want very badly to get excited about these signings, I really do. Still, the Pavlovian response in me is to cringe when I see this sort of spending spree. Maybe it will work out. Maybe if we stick our hand in the fire enough times we’ll find one that doesn’t burn us. I suppose anything is possible. Prove me wrong Redskins. I’m begging you.
At least we didn’t have to give up any draft picks I suppose.