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Redskins sign nose tackle Howard Green

As they continue to make the transition to a 3-4 defense, the Washington Redskins have signed a nose tackle who has experience playing for new coordinator Jim Haslett.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Redskins have reached an agreement with nose tackle Howard Green on a one-year deal. Green was a starter on the Saints’ defensive line in 2004, when Haslett was their head coach.

The signing of Green, who played in 12 games for the Jets last year, could turn out to be a bigger story than meets the eye if it makes the Redskins feel like they have more leverage in dealing with (and possibly trading) defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

Green is obviously nowhere near the impact player that Haynesworth is, but Green will be much less expensive than Haynesworth and much more willing to buy into the role of nose tackle in Haslett’s 3-4 defense than Haynesworth.

The Redskins are continuing to say there have been no Haynesworth trade talks, but the presence of Green only makes it more likely that we’ll hear such talks in the future.

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21 Responses to “Redskins sign nose tackle Howard Green”
  1. hnirobert says: Apr 19, 2010 3:58 PM

    Does this have any affect on how much the Jets can offer Jason Taylor? Does this count towards the final eight rule, lose one, sign one, rule?

  2. Bun McSticky says: Apr 19, 2010 3:59 PM

    Nobody is going to take Haynesworth with that contract and Haynesworth sure as hell won’t give up money to be traded. Washington is basically screwed this season. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him outright cut next year before the season starts as a salary dump.

  3. Iain says: Apr 19, 2010 4:02 PM

    This allows the Jets to sign Mark Brunell, for what it’s worth.

  4. BroncoBourque says: Apr 19, 2010 4:02 PM

    You left out another benefit and maybe the most likely one. This signing could mean that Haynesworth won’t have to play NT and can instead play the 3-4 end position in the base defense and move to DT on passing downs. That scenerio would probably be enough to keep Albert happy and with his size he could dominate the 5-technique.

  5. Larry David says: Apr 19, 2010 4:04 PM

    What’s the big deal about Haynesworth playing in a 3-4? He couldn’t be a good nose tackle?

  6. SBS0311 says: Apr 19, 2010 4:05 PM

    Of note is this gives the Jets more UFA flexibility. Any word on $$$?

  7. mrzazz41387 says: Apr 19, 2010 4:14 PM

    Good, this means more money for the Jets to play with.

  8. Hap says: Apr 19, 2010 4:15 PM

    “Come writers and critics who prophesize with your pens, and keep your eyes wide the chance WILL come again.” Hap Zimmerman

  9. Nebster21 says: Apr 19, 2010 4:15 PM

    Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett
    On whether Albert Haynesworth will be strictly a nose tackle:
    “He will play every position up and down the front in this scheme.”

  10. SSBlitz says: Apr 19, 2010 4:18 PM

    Why can’t Haynesworth play DE?

  11. thegoldengod says: Apr 19, 2010 4:21 PM

    The Green signing will have ZERO impact on the Skins decision on Haynesworth…
    —If you are going to speculate, this signing has more of an impact on Mark Brunell and Kellen Clemens if it allows the Jets to add another UFA (depending on salary)

  12. Mr747 says: Apr 19, 2010 4:23 PM

    Go ahaed and work it out with fat Assbert! Have one of these other guys rotate at NT and play 92 at ends! Yeah hes a d bag but hands down top 5 d lineman in the nfl! So yes hopefully this move means they will play Al at end! Lets make it work skins! Yall got portis on board now time to kiss and make up wit fat assbert! Oh yeah why r we switching to 3-4 again? If im not mistaking hasletts defenses sucked in NO consistently! I guess the saga continues!

  13. Lucky5927 says: Apr 19, 2010 4:26 PM

    Larry David,
    To answer your question the big deal can potentially be a very big deal. One, it keeps him happy, which is important so you don’t lose a bunch of money on a whiner. Secondly, he can line up at a left 3-4 end and tie up the right tackle and guard, where most teams tend to run anyway. Haynesworth, when healthy and motivated (and yes I know that is a big if), he is nearly unstoppable. Now consider some blitzing from the outside that would funnel the running game inside and force the QB to step forward into a hard driving D-Line. Truth be told, the Redskins are a year away from fully implementing the strength of a 3-4. But if they are somehow able to trade back and recoup a second round pick where they can draft a pash-rushing OLB, then it could happen sooner than later.

  14. thegoldengod says: Apr 19, 2010 4:28 PM

    @BunMcSticky
    —Haynesworth had his option paid by the Skins…making his contract an unbelievable bargain for any trade partner.

  15. dirtyTHIRTY says: Apr 19, 2010 4:28 PM

    McSticky,
    Haynesworth’s contract is only 3 years $16 million now.

  16. Taylor21 says: Apr 19, 2010 4:33 PM

    Even if they sit his Fat A$$ down all year, I would not care. He is not worth the headaches. He was signed by someone that knew he was out the door and he tried to make a big splash.

  17. Champ Kind with Sports says: Apr 19, 2010 4:49 PM

    # Larry David says: April 19, 2010 4:04 PM
    What’s the big deal about Haynesworth playing in a 3-4? He couldn’t be a good nose tackle?
    ______________
    Try and keep up. Fat Al refuses to play NT.

  18. We need linemen says: Apr 19, 2010 4:54 PM

    He is the third journeyman defensive lineman to be signed in the past 7-days, the second with stumpy NT dimensions. They are just filling out their off-season roster so they can get through their mini-camps and training camp.
    Larry David says:
    April 19, 2010 4:04 PM
    What’s the big deal about Haynesworth playing in a 3-4? He couldn’t be a good nose tackle?
    He could be a really effective nose tackle, he doesn’t want to play there because he doesn’t want to be used to occupy blockers. He wants to build his own stats, to be the star.
    He should take a look at what the Cowboy’s NT Jay Ratliff can do from the NT position. The new defense Haslett is installing will likely give Haynesworth far more freedom than he experienced last year in Blache’s rigid 4-3.

  19. isonic1 says: Apr 19, 2010 4:54 PM

    Nobody is going to take Haynesworth with that contract and Haynesworth sure as hell won’t give up money to be traded.
    Skins have already paid him the bulk of his guaranteed salary. His remaining salary is low and very affordable.

  20. GaryClark says: Apr 19, 2010 4:56 PM

    How could Haynesworthless have said that we would not remember him as a bust?!??!?! Crazy…That is all he is. BUST

  21. AlphaQ2 says: Apr 19, 2010 5:15 PM

    Uh, that’s just wrong Bun McSticky. 16 mil for 3 years for the most dominant DT in the league is not bad at all. That’s if some team wants a good deal on a huge pain in the ass.

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