The Redskins possibly have been dragging their feet regarding a possible trade of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth due to the reality that it only requires one torn ACL to a 4-3 defensive tackle to create a much more active market for Haynesworth’s services.
In one of the last games of Week One, a defensive tackle did indeed pop an ACL, but the defensive tackle plays in a 3-4 front, not a 4-3.
And so now that the Jets have lost Kris Jenkins, would Albert Haynesworth be a candidate to replace him?
For now, it’s a proposition that a source with knowledge of the situation has characterized as doubtful. (Another source with knowledge of the situation called it “unlikely.”) Though there are indications that the Haynesworth camp could be interested, given the manner in which the Jets do things and the belief that he’d mesh with the coaching staff, the fact that the Jets employ a 3-4 defense makes the Jets a team for which Haynesworth most likely would not want to play, since Haynesworth has made clear his desire not to play in a 3-4 front.
(Coincidentally, Jenkins was a 4-3 defensive tackle who made the transition to the 3-4 nose tackle position after being traded from the Panthers to the Jets.)
Then there’s the question of the Jets working out a deal with the Redskins. If the Redskins want a second-round pick, the Jets surely wouldn’t be inclined to pursue Haynesworth.
Still, with more than $30 million already paid to Haynesworth by the Redskins, the practical duration of his contract is three years and $16 million. It’s a very reasonable number, if Haynesworth is willing to give it his all.
Again, it’s a doubtful proposition at this point that he’ll join the Jets.