There is no better test of a man’s self-worth in the NFL than when he is put on the trading block. It is apparent that Albert Haynesworth’s value is quite low, as all it took to dish him to the New England Patriots was a fifth round draft pick in 2013. We all know that the Redskins has been wanting to rid themselves of this dead weight for quite some time, so it is not quite so shocking that they took a deal as such. More revealing though is that all the Patriots offered was a late round pick, not even in the coming draft year. For Haynesworth it doesn’t really matter. He’s rich and can laugh about the situation all the way to the bank, or the bench as it very well might be. For Redskins fans it is different, as Haynesworth embodied everything wrong with the program. Getting rid of him is one giant step in the right direction.
Also, everyone knows by now that beleaguered quarterback Donovan McNabb has been sent to the Minnesota Vikings. He managed to garner a sixth round draft pick in 2012, and the same in 2013. It would seem that the Vikings really have no intentions of making McNabb a key offensive weapon. Can you say third string? Still, it is indeed humorous that the as-of-now heir-apparent QB John Beck was turned away from the gates at training camp as no one recognized him. This in its own represents a problem for the Skins. Who is John Beck? I mean that metaphorically, by the way.
Other cuts to the team were veteran defensive end Philip Daniels and center Casey Rabach. Throw Ma’ake Kemoetu and Rocky McIntosh into the mix, as they were told to start looking for a new home. It appears that spring cleaning is in full effect. This is a good thing and a step in the right direction. It is sad to see (some) familiar faces depart, but it was necessary. The Redskins are looking younger by the day, which is something that the team has failed to appear as in quite some time. This might be the start of something good.