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Previous tank jobs make Haynesworth too risky

Think the Raiders could swoop in and add Albert Haynesworth at some point before the start of the 2010 season?

It’s not an absurd notion.

Haynesworth has already drawn public criticism from owner Daniel Snyder and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett by not showing up for any voluntary workouts, and the Raiders have already established they can work with coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen by virtue of their trade for quarterback Jason Campbell.

The Redskins are committing to the 3-4 defense, and Haynesworth isn’t interested in being a nose tackle.

What about Shanahan’s “Haynesworth will not be traded” declaration? That’s what you say right up to the moment Haynesworth is sent packing, because no one is going to offer as much for a player on the verge of being dumped.

Oakland is thin at nose tackle, unless you’re of the opinion that the Ryan Boschetti signing has alleviated all issues on the interior line.

Washington has already done much of the heavy lifting on Haynesworth’s contract, paying $32 million of the $41 million in guaranteed money.

The problem is that Al Davis has got to be extremely sensitive about bringing in star quality players earning big money who go in the tank, underachieve, and instead manage to keep his wounded franchise deep in a seven-year abyss.

Three cases to consider: wide receiver Randy Moss, cornerback DeAngelo Hall and most recently, quarterback JaMarcus Russell.

All were greeted with considerable fanfare. Moss came with a police escort, Hall was to join Nnamdi Asomugha in a cornerback tandem to rival Lester Hayes-Mike Haynes, and Russell, Davis promised, would be great.

Moss came out of the gate quickly, his performance falling off under Norv Turner after being injured, and then became thoroughly disillusioned and disinterested with the Art Shell-Tom Walsh offense. Moss dropped passes, gave a half-hearted effort and basically withheld his services until he was traded.

Hall played as if he were in a trance for eight games until the Raiders cut their losses _ cutting him after eight games rather than be on the hook for more than the $8 million he’d already been paid.

We all know how Russell turned out.

In each case, it was a character flaw _ something which prevented the player from living up to his obligations as a professional and giving his best effort.

It’s something the Raiders have avoided with big money outlays since Russell was drafted No. 1 overall in 2007.

Whatever their struggles, top draft picks Darren McFadden in 2008 and Darrius Heyward-Bey in 2009 haven’t had reputations as being slackers. Rolando McClain was the top pick this year in part because of his qualities as a leader and a worker. Defensive lineman Richard Seymour, acquired on the eve of the 2009 season, was a decorated pro in New England.

Which brings us to Haynesworth, who put forth his best season during a salary drive year and promptly showed up to Washington out of shape and not nearly as productive. He responded to receiving a $21 million option bonus in April by missing all voluntary sessions, making his displeasure known with the new defensive system and being named in a paternity suit by a pregnant exotic dancer.

Haynesworth has missed games due to injury in each of the last seven years, playing 16 games in his rookie year of 2002 when he started only three times.

If Davis has learned anything from the Moss, Hall and Russell experiences, he won’t make a move on Haynesworth.

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  • RaiderRockstar

    why are you guys so hurt that a few Raiders fans dislike the Lakers?

    I’m not the only one in here, ya know?

    If you’re confident in your team and fanhood, why should it matter what others think ???

  • jhill

    And …

    It’ll be the beginning of the end for beantown Bball as Ray Allen leaves in FA this summer, lol!

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    hmmm

    I diddnt know that the suns, jazz, the celtics and the pizz-yellow and purple was “basbetball” teams..

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    LMN….

    Amen my friend!

  • jhill

    And …

    Raiders are going to win the division this year with at least 10 wins!

  • RaiderRockstar

    if you choose to rile up a bunch of Laker fans you should be “wearing” a jersey of YOUR team right?

    ***

    see post # 746 liberal

  • jhill

    And …

    The Dodgers will take the West!

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    June 2nd, 2010 at 7:44 am

    why are you guys so hurt that a few Raiders fans dislike the Lakers?

    I’m not the only one in here, ya know?

    If you’re confident in your team and fanhood, why should it matter what others think ???
    ________________________________________________________

    its very weird to me too… it seems like they see Raiders and Lakers as a whole… funny thing is, its like saying Metal is like plastic..

  • RaiderRockstar

    Raiders are going to win the division this year with at least 10 wins!

    ***

    woohoo!

    get Fat Albert = 12 wins

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Morning Nation,
    Former Raider great Greg Townsend’s son is the #35 ranked H.S. football player in the USA and top defensive high school defensive end in California.
    http://rivals.yahoo.com/footballrecruiting/football/recruiting/player-Greg-TownsendJr.-99633;_ylt=Aj3DzYapNWHqruP5al_voalGPZB4

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Time for me to go.

    Take it easy my friends.

    Have a great Wednesday.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    June 2nd, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Raiders are going to win the division this year with at least 10 wins!

    ***

    woohoo!

    get Fat Albert = 12 wins
    ______________________________________________________

    NOOoooo RRS…

    you were jsut making such good sense, and then you say something stupid as get Haynesworth…

    HE IS A CANCER!!! I rather get Randy Moss back!

  • RaiderRockstar

    its very weird to me too… it seems like they see Raiders and Lakers as a whole… funny thing is, its like saying Metal is like plastic..

    ***

    Agreed LMN. the yellow and purple don’t belong in the same sentence as the silver & black

    Raider:

    1. one that raids
    2. a fast lightly armed ship operating against merchant shipping
    3. a soldier specially trained for close-range fighting

    Laker:

    1. A fish, such as the lake trout, that lives in a lake.
    2. A ship used on lakes.
    3. Salt water sailor’s definition: an ocean going vessel that is small enough to navigate the locks and canals of the St. Lawrence Seaway to enable it to reach ports on the Great Lakes of the United States of America (On the Great Lakes these are called “salties”.)

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    Neil B…

    Yeah Im out too, at least for a while, going to enjoy the lovely weather..

    see ya Gents.. take care.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Lakers go with the Dolphins, not the Raiders.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    June 2nd, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Lakers go with the Dolphins, not the Raiders.
    ________________________________________________________

    Bwhahahahha or the seagulls…

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dakota, BSJ & Jhill: I already have your new favorite player picked out

    Bashin’ Brandon Marshall :)

  • hwnrdr

    Dolphins on a Lake? LOL
    Anyways, Ia m a Lakers fan and Raiders and A’s fan. Been so since way back when (70′s). I don’t care if fellow Raider fans hates on the Lakers. I’m used to it just from being a Raider fan and having everyone trying to gang up on me and razz me about the Raiders! I don’t care…they can do you know what,and just like the Raiders…win or lose, I’ll still be a fan of all 3 teams!

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Trade Tommy Kelly for Fat Albert. Who in their sane mind would not do such a correct trade?…

    I like the Lakers, though they’ll have trouble with the Celtics wide bodies and, of course, Rondo. Lakers in 7.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dolphins on a Lake?

    ***

    both fish

  • RaiderRockstar

    Trade Tommy Kelly for Fat Albert. Who in their sane mind would not do such a correct trade?…

    ***

    I agree with Macho Man.

    now Snap into a Slim Jim!

    oooooh yeah!

  • RaiderRockstar
  • RaiderRockstar

    Trade Tommy Kelly for Fat Albert.

    ***

    Throw in Thomas Howard, Nick Miller & Marcel Reece for a conditional 6th rounder in 2012

  • MistaBrown

    I wonder who will get to keep the Internet.
    :D
    ____

    BigTed707 Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Al and Tipper are separating?!

  • MistaBrown

    Can anybody make sense of this?
    _____

    priesttj Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    DHB is in his 5th season as a WR most guy’s in their 2nd year as a pro are in their 8th 9th year at the position.

  • RaiderRockstar

    whats up Mr. Brown ?

  • MistaBrown

    G’morn RR, cant wait for some football!

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  • RDRZ408

    the raiders should trade Routt for Willam

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