All Blackstreet references aside, in D.C. the money paid out by Dan Snyder has almost never equaled the play on the field or the love and respect received from fans. If you think about the Redskins right now, and the players that most fans love and adore, who are they? A general consensus can probably be reached on Chris Cooley, Brian Orakpo, DeAngelo Hall, Mike Sellers, Brandon Banks, Phillip Daniels (especially after this week), London Fletcher and the list could go on. Most of the guys I just mentioned were brought in either through the draft or free agency in “regular” deals. They aren’t here as a result of a blockbuster trade or a 100 million dollar contract (or a new $80 million contract). The Redskins problem has been, as many of us know, trying to buy championships. In the NFL big dollars don’t necessarily equate with wins.
Do the best players in the NFL generally get paid more than the average? Yes, of course. But my issue is with Danny just bringing in guys who were great within their own team and expecting them to just magically adapt to the Redskins. Shall we make a list?
- QB Jeff George – 4 years/ $18 million
- LB Jeremiah Trotter – 7 years/ $35 million
- DE Dana Stubblefield – 6 years/ $56 million
- SS Adam Archuleta – 7 years/ $35 million
- CB Deion Sanders – 7 years/ $56 million
- DE Jason Taylor – 2 years/ $17.5 million (assumed from Miami in trade)
- DE Bruce Smith – 5 years/ $23 million
- WR Brandon Lloyd – 3rd & 7th Round Picks (traded from San Francisco) & $10 million signing bonus w/ Redskins.
- DT Albert Haynesworth – 7 years/ $115 Million
…and the list goes on. I know a few of these (or at least Stubblefield) wasn’t Danny’s doing. My point is, will Washington ever learn? So now we have Albert Haynesworth- the hundred-million-dollar man who lays down (literally) any chance he can get. I’m just disgusted as a fan. We have built parts of our roster on honest talent, the draft and key free agent signings. The other 60% of the cap is taken up by guys like Mr. Haynesworthless. I’m tired of being at this point in the season and looking forward to next. I know the Redskins had a run in 2005 and 2007 when all seemed lost, I know. Anyway, all of this brought me to my poll question for the week.
With 71% of the popular vote, Riggo’s Rag’s readers think Albert will be the first to go of this bunch of four. I was surprised with Jim Haslett coming in second with 20%. This was probably one of the easier poll questions to answer given the situation here but the fans have spoken. Mr. Haynesworth, you are the weakest link.
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