The story that has been overshadowed this week in DC Sports news has been the swirling possibility of Albert Haynesworth being dealt to the Philadelphia Eagles. While this front office has made great moves in the draft and generally through free agency, it will be most known for its misses and botches (i.e. Donovan McNabb trade, the acquisition of Larry Johnson and Willie Parker). However a greater mistake would be SENDING Haynesworth to the Eagles in a trade, a trade will likely get little value in return at best. It’s not the trade switch I am concerned about, that ship sailed long ago, it’s the karma.
Last year the Eagles willing dealt quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Redskins for a draft pick. Most bystanders felt this was a fair deal and the Redskins finally got a franchise quarterback. Instead, McNabb’s play fell way short of what most had expected and the Philadelphia Eagle’s Front Office showed why their franchise has been atop of the division for a better part of the last 10 years.
Now, if the Skins send Haynesworth to Philadelphia they are giving the Eagles a talented malcontent who would have an axe to grind. Where Hayensworth felt limited in Washington’s 3-4, he would be right at home in the Eagles 4-3 and would fit right into their aggressive style of play. Next season when the Eagles play the Redskins John Beck would be so far up Trent Williams butt by the second half at the hands of Haynesworth, the Fed-Ex Field crowd will be chant for Patrick Ramsey.
How do I know this? Because this always happens! This always happens to DC area teams, and this would certainly happen to the Redskins should Haynesworth be sent to Philadelphia.
What should Bruce and Mike do? Trade him to the AFC South or West for a bag of chips. Why because we won’t see him for 3-4 years. This is of course he is still playing. No team will offer the Skins value for this guy, so why send him to a team that can hurt us?