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Posted at 4:52 PM ET, 12/ 6/2010

Haynesworth is Dan Snyder's biggest free agent bust

By Dan Steinberg

(Post photos by Ricky Carioti, Rich Lipski and Preston Keres)


After his fourth missed game of the season on Sunday, it feels like the end of the Albert Haynesworth Experiment is within sight. My beat-writing buddies don't expect Haynesworth to be cut, but maybe I could also speculate that he doesn't appear to be a strong and central part of the team's future. Like, I wouldn't rush out and buy your kid a Haynesworth 92 for Christmas, or even for the last night or two of Hanukkah.

And so, we'll eventually get to the question of where Haynesworth fits into the franchise's recent history of high-profile free-agent busts. He fits in pretty well, is the short answer. My friends at Mister Irrelevant ranked Haynesworth as just the ninth-Offseason Champsiest move of the Snyder Era, but that was in March, four million words ago. When you combine the contract, the performance, and the near- constant off-field distractions, I'm going to go ahead and call Haynesworth the biggest free-agent bust of the Daniel Snyder era.

They say that lists like this are unfair, that the media overlook the team's free-agent successes and only focus on the mangled rusty stripped leaking wrecks belching smoke and fumes and radioactive substances onto Loudoun County Parkway. Guilty as charged. On to the list!

1. Albert Haynesworth

Contract: The Post called it a seven-year deal worth a maximum of $115 million, with a record $41 million guaranteed and $32 million to be paid out over just 13 months. It was the first NFL contract for a defensive player that could have been worth up to nine figures.

Rhetoric: "We've learned our lesson," Snyder told the AP, when asked whether these were the same old Redskins. "This is not the old ways at all. This is what I should have done a long time ago. He's a very young man. I've learned that you don't do a seven-year contract with a player that's 33. You do it when he's 27. That's the big difference."

Highlights: Hayneworth has collapsed the pocket and attracted two and three blockers, though the latter doesn't much show up on highlight reels. He had probably his best game in D.C. against the Bears, making the game's crucial tackle.

Lowlights: Indicted on two traffic charges. Missed an early practice in his first training camp while "curled up" with stomach issues. Was carted off a game in Detroit only to return later. Left the field early during a loss to the Chiefs. Sent home from a Christmas Day practice for disciplinary reasons, after which he said he couldn't "survive another season in this system." Declined to report to voluntary offseason workouts. Prompted 17 million offseason blog posts. Repeatedly failed the team's conditioning exam, once for taking an excessive bathroom break. Disagreed with the terminology team officials used when they said he missed practice for headaches. Complained about being forced to play in the second half of a preseason game. Left the team for nearly a week when his brother passed away. Earned national attention for lying down on the field during a play. Declared inactive yet again for missing practice due to illness. Has missed eight of 28 possible games, while making 53 tackles and 6.5 sacks, about the same stats as he managed during his final season in Tennessee.

Resolution: Ain't gonna be good, anyhow.

2. Adam Archuleta

Contract: Announced as six years and $30 million, with $10 million guaranteed, making him the highest-paid safety in NFL history.

Rhetoric: "It's an exciting day for us," Joe Gibbs said, when Archuleta and his fellow free agents were introduced to the media. "For the coaches, all Redskins fans, and for everybody from [owner Daniel Snyder] on down in the front office, it's an exciting day."

Highlights: Taken to Morton's for filet mignon and seafood in a multi-limo convoy after he signed. Given a standing ovation at a Wizards game. That's all I've got.

Lowlights: Lost his job to Troy Vincent midway through his only season in Washington. When Vincent got hurt, Vernon Fox came in, and not Archuleta. He told The Post that no one on the coaching staff explained his benching, and that he felt "humiliated...like I've had my reputation dragged through the mud, with no explanation why." He finished with 60 tackles, his worst showing since his rookie year.

Resolution: Traded to Chicago after his first season in Washington for a sixth-round draft pick. Started a total of seven games here.





3. Deion Sanders

Contract: Announced as seven years and $56 million, with a signing bonus of $8 million.

Rhetoric: Daniel Snyder called Sanders"the ultimate weapon in football," and said that "when we first heard Deion was available, we decided this was something special."The lede of an early Post news story reported that Sanders was "the final piece to a puzzle the Redskins' ownership team agrees will get them to the Super Bowl."

Highlights: Wore a burgundy suit with a gold tie, gold shoes, gold pocket square and gold buttons during his introductory news conference. Sanders soon praised defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes for knowing "how to milk a cow...how to go up there, put the stool down, grab those little things, and he knows how to work 'em." On the field, he had a 57-yard punt return to set up an overtime win over Tampa Bay, and was second on the team with four interceptions.

Lowlights: Deion's signing allowed the team to release Brian Mitchell. Sanders said his second game with the Redskins -- a loss to Detroit -- was the worst football game he played in his life. He stopped returning punts midway through his only season here, and averaged 7.4 yards a return. Was occasionally booed at home. Didn't notify the team about his baseball comeback with the Reds.

Resolution: Retired from football after his first season in Washington, was later waived by the Redskins, and came out of retirement to join the Ravens. Started a total of 15 games in Washington.

4. Jeff George

Contract: Signed a four-year, $18.25 million deal to backup Brad Johnson.

Rhetoric: "We're very pleased with Brad as our starter, and very excited to have Jeff George join the Redskins family," Snyder said. "Our goal is to have the deepest and most experienced team at every vital position." George was also heralded by Michael Wilbon as a top 10 NFL quarterback when he arrived.

Highlights: Late in his first season, he threw three touchdowns in a win over the defending Super Bowl champion Rams.

Lowlights: Threw two interceptions in his first start, a loss to the Cardinals. Ignored a Terry Robiskie playcall in a loss to Pittsburgh, instead throwing a deep ball that was intercepted. Developed tendinitis in his throwing arm the next offseason. Went 8-for-18 with two interceptions in his 2001 debut, getting benched before the game ended. Through two games, he was the lowest-rated passer in the NFL, and the Redskins had zero touchdowns.

Resolution: Waived after the second game of his second season in Washington. Started a total of seven games here.





5. Jeremiah Trotter

Contract: Announced as seven years and $36 million, though The Post reported that it was "essentially" a five-year, $20 million deal.

Rhetoric: "We're excited," Snyder said. "We think this strengthens our defense more so. Jeremiah is a great player and a great guy."

Highlights: Trotter finished with 204 tackles in two seasons, leading the team in 2003.

Lowlights: After saying it would "make his year" to help beat the Eagles in his first trip back, the Skins lost by 30. Tore a knee ligament on Thanksgiving of his first season in Washington, missing the final four games. After making the Pro Bowl his last two seasons in Philly, he missed it both years in Washington. Was "disinvited" from his third training camp, and given permission to seek a trade.

Resolution: Released after his second season in Washington. Started a total of 28 games here. Made the next two Pro Bowls in Philadelphia.

6. Laveranues Coles

Contract: A seven-year, $35 million offer with a team-record $13 million signing bonus.

Rhetoric: "Thirteen? Call him back before he changes his mind! You shouldn't even call me to ask me. What are you thinking about?" Coles told his agent when he heard of Snyder's offer.

Highlights: He was mostly great here. He went for 11 catches and 180 yards in his second game, made his first Pro Bowl, had 82 and then 90 catches, the third-highest in franchise history at the time.

Lowlights: An unhappiness with the offensive approach, a request to be released, walking out from a scheduled meeting with Joe Gibbs, a refusal to restructure his contract, an offseason of drama and headlines, and Coles giving The Post this quote about Snyder:

"He said: 'If you come back here, you'll never play again,' " Coles recalled, adding that Snyder promised to send him a flat-screen TV on which to watch games. " 'We'll bench you for two years then we'll cut you.' He said: 'If you come back, we'll torture you.' "

Resolution: Traded to the Jets for Santana Moss.

By Dan Steinberg  | December 6, 2010; 4:52 PM ET
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Comments

It is so good to have you back!

Is anyone really surprised by anything that has happened this season?

Did anyone else enjoy seeing shannahan throw the red challenge flag only to have his son (I think) quickly snatch it up?

Posted by: Leeguru | December 6, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

This is so depressing.

Posted by: CalleJoFan | December 6, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

While Coles was very productive, I never understood his hostility towards Gibbs. Apparently Coles thought Spurrier was an offensive genius 'cause he wanted to toss the ball to Coles 90 times a year. And apparently he never heard of Monk, Sanders, Clark, the Smurfs and all the other WRs who thrived under Gibbs in his hey day.

The ironic thing is, a reliable possession receiver like Coles would've been a great complement to speedster like Santana Moss. And 6 years later, the 'Skins are still searching for one.

Posted by: blackjack65 | December 6, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

What about:

- Mark Brunell
- Jason Taylor
- Bruce Smith

Posted by: jgoers | December 6, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Yep, definitely Jason Taylor.

Posted by: johnvandermyde | December 6, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

"He said: 'If you come back here, you'll never play again,' " Coles recalled, adding that Snyder promised to send him a flat-screen TV on which to watch games. " 'We'll bench you for two years then we'll cut you.' He said: 'If you come back, we'll torture you.'
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Forgot about that! Still hilarious even to this day. Good list Steinz, but I really don't understand how Trotter is even on it compared to Mark Carrier, Brandon Lloyd, John Hall. Hall and Carrier were busts whose careers ended here while Lloyd was a total bust here but is now great in Denver. That usually happens to the Orioles, not the Redskins. We kill free agents' careers here, we don't turn them into stars elsewhere like the O's have done for 20 years.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 6, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

At least these other players were released or traded.

It seems as if Shanahan and Snyder want to hold on to Haynesworth for the life of his contract.

This is turning out to be a mistake of the worst kind.

The team is one of the least talented in the NFC and even clubs like Detroit and Tampa that were much worse recently are passing them by.

Meanwhile, Washington refuses to cut bait on guys who are nothing but negatives on the roster.

Snyder is entering Donald Sterling territory as an owner.

His name is becoming symbolic of losing.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | December 6, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Snyder has made some bad signings? Really? Thanks for breaking the news. Maybe you can blog the same thing next week.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | December 6, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm... I'd have to say the "low light" of Deon Sanders time in Washington were those ugly yellow clown shoes he wore with that butt ugly suit.

Posted by: oda155 | December 6, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Lloyd, Taylor, TJ Duckett; while they were all terrible were trades, not Free Agents, check his list title guys.

Posted by: matt_the_hat | December 6, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I would put Bruce Smith at #1. Like everyone else was real time, and he was a slo-mo replay. Like Mr. Burns running the sack race at the company picnic. Come to think of it, the boss himself would have played better.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | December 6, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

the whole program is bum street from the start. take away two cheesy strike bowl wins and we have 1 ligit title in 91. that was earned. outside of that we have stunk since 1940! time to change the racist name, get bob marley off the helmet, and rebuild from the ground up. and fire that glass eyed weasel shanihan.

Posted by: doyouktt | December 6, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Bruce Smith should be on here.

I was going to say Dana Stubblefield belonged high on the list too - but I'm shocked to see he was signed before Snyder bought the team. He was preparation for all the Snyderesque signings to come.

Posted by: gocaps2 | December 6, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree about Coles. I remember him playing one season down the stretch basically with a broken toe. He was a warrior. I like picking up Santana Moss for him from the Jets. But he should not be on this list.

I would have to agree with most of the other list. I maybe would have put Archuleta down further basically because he did not do anything and really nobody expected much. For the hype, Deion had to be the biggest flop.

Haynesworth is such a conundrum. When he was signed, I said I like the player but hate the contract. I said the same thing about the McNabb contract. I'm not liking the player as much these days. But he seems to produce when given a chance. If he is untradeable, he could work out.

But good list.

Posted by: tim_carpenter | December 6, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious list, Dan. I'm not sure, though, that Coles really should be classified as a bust. He produced when he was with the Skins, and even when the relationship between him and the team disintegrated, the Skins were able to get fairly equal value for him in the trade for Moss.

Favorite quote: Snyder on George: "Our goal is to have the deepest and most experienced team at every vital position."

Ironically, ten years later, the Redskins are basically the least deep team at every vital position.

Posted by: TheFingerman | December 6, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

The worst free agent of the $nyder era is clear. While all the players listed would qualify as busts, only one was hailed as the best ever at his position--DEION SANDERS. What a joke.

Posted by: largetony86 | December 7, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Archuleta stings the most, because we let Ryan Clark walk.

Posted by: Scoonie97 | December 7, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

It's really hard to be a Skins fan these days.

Posted by: stwasm | December 7, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Ok, there are a few others worth mentioning in this conversation I think. The big one is Dana Stubblefield - MVP his last season in SF - comes to the Redskins on a big contract and I think only had about 10 sacks in three years here. He had 16 his last season in SF. Huge bust and probably the most comparable to Haynesworth - except at least Dana had the excuse of being older.

Dan Wilkinson could probably be in the conversation. While I do have fond memories of him returning that one INT he had for a TD, there is no question he was a disappointment based on $$$ and expectations. (I loved that Darrell Green caught up with him and was patting him on the back all the way to the end-zone.)

Jason Taylor is in the mix for sure. And I'm not sure that McNabb will not be in this conversation before too long - especially if we let him go at the end of this season. While the money was not as much of an issue with these guys, the draft picks we gave up are just another example of the Redskins shooting themselves in the foot.

Using the pick we gave up for McNabb to work a deal with STL for their #1 pick this year is looking better every day. I'd love to have Sam Bradford behind center.

It's ok, I'm sure we'll sign Brett Favre this off-season. Casey Rabach will probably push him out on a wheel chair, and then maybe our running back will push him up behind center right before the snap. Based on what we've paid in the past, I'd say Favre could be looking at a possible 6 year - $87 million contract. He should just have his agent call Dan!

Posted by: rdsknfn47 | December 7, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, and what about Brandon Lloyd???

Speaking of lowlights - didn't he bust wide open on the first play of the season that year and Jason Campbell hit him right in the hands and Lloyd dropped it. We probably should have taken that as a sign and just dropped them both immediately.

Of course, I say that in one breath and then in another I'm going to say it sure would be nice to have Lloyd on the team this year. He's having a career year and our receivers look like they gather around a pool of bacon grease before every game to get their hands nice and slippery so that they can't hold on to a thing during the game. Even Mike Sellers got in on the action last Sunday...sad.

Posted by: rdsknfn47 | December 7, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

As for Deion lowlights, I would like to add the punt return attempt where the ball came down and hit Deion in the facemask while his arms were stretched out in front of him to catch it.

Posted by: Goat_74 | December 7, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

At this point, if AH92 can help us beat Dallas so we can at least get to 3-3 in our
Division, than I'm for that. This whole
season will be a disaster if Dallas ends
up number 3 in the Division and we're, by
default, number 4 -- especially after everything else that this team has endured
throughout this season. After the Dallas
game, then get rid of him. Beating Dallas
will be worth all the millions of Synder's
money, at least to my mind.

Posted by: DeployedFan | December 7, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Where's Jason Taylor? Why restrict this list to players? I think Zorn and the "Old Ball Coach" should be on this list also. And when you mention Sanders, why not mention that they started him in favor of Darrell Green for no apparent reason? Just remember everyone: Allen and Shanny are still suffering the ill effects of Danny and Vinny's fantasy football team. They don't have decent draft picks for years because they traded them away for the likes of Fat Albert. It could easily be 2014 before we win the NFC East.

Posted by: Howsthathopeandchangeworkingforyou | December 7, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

How about J. Campbell...didn't we give up three picks for this guy, 1st, 3rd and 5th. The list is really to long to list. 15 years of mismanagement

Posted by: lesterbill | December 7, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

How about J. Campbell...didn't we give up three picks for this guy, 1st, 3rd and 5th. The list is really to long to list. 15 years of mismanagement

Posted by: lesterbill | December 7, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Hey Dan sometime before the year is out post the whole Redskins roster and do a poll and let us choose who we would keep and who we would let go (Pretending there is no cap or money to be paid out)I bet it would be hard to find 10 maybe 15 us fans would keep

Posted by: tuffy6326 | December 7, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Hey, what about Brandon Lloyd? He was pretty crappy and a malcontent when he was here....

Posted by: UberJason | December 7, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

what about the nfls leading receiver - B lloyd?

Posted by: 428Maverick | December 7, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

As a Pats fan, I also have to admit it was pretty funny watching the Redskins throw heaps of cash at the Pats' third or fourth receiver every offseason, only to have the guy vanish once he got down here. Snyder hasn't done this the last few years, so he's probably due for another one.

Posted by: zippyspeed | December 7, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Would you say that this Deadskin team needs to rebuild? Really? Resurrection is a better way to put it. As long as this team is owned by Idiot-child Snyder, don't bet on any improvement. So, why do you people continue to support this feckless excuse for a football team? Maybe if you stop going to witness their incompetence and misery, we can gwet Snyder to go away. To coin a phrase, this team cannot make out in a brothel.

Posted by: sameolddoc | December 7, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Whay can't we fans torture Dannyboy.

Posted by: mofares | December 7, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget the punt/kick returner we signed from the NY jets, Chad Morton. $2.5 million for a kick returner. Remember we signed like 3 players from the jets: Randy Thomas, the kicker and Chad morton, then the trade of Santana moss and Coles.

The real issue f'ing up this team is Snyder personnel management.

Posted by: oknow1 | December 7, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Deion Sanders stole his $8M and walked. The fool Snyder then let him out of his contract to come back and play 2 more seasons with the Ravens. Foolish!!!

Posted by: oknow1 | December 7, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

How about that fat tub of goo Jumpy (?) Geathers?

Posted by: ronjaboy | December 7, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

How about that fat tub of goo Geathers?

Posted by: ronjaboy | December 7, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

You would expect a story like this from a DAN.

The story is DAN SNYDER is the worst REDSKINS Owner since the guy who owned it in the 60's i won't even say his name.

Posted by: shamken | December 7, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

This is the reason I became a Ravens fan. Redskins fans, what carrot do you think Danny-Boy will sign next season so you continue to buy season tickets? I can't wait till next season, this is making me hungry, off to Johnny Rocket's for a burger.

Posted by: noreaster1 | December 7, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Oooooooooooooh Danny boy. What a lovely collection of bone headed moves. The real Hall of Shame. You’re the best at being the worst. Of all the dead-end owners Washington has had in all of its pro teams in history (and we’ve had some real losers) Danny, your Number ONE.

Posted by: Bean1 | December 7, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Quite the feat to top that list! Can't blame the guy...if i could show up to work and make 32 million for doing nothing, and whine my way out of work...well, who is the idiot? Fat Al or Danny? i think we all know the answer to that one!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | December 7, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Who has Snyder been torturing after Laveranues Coles?

Posted by: BB703 | December 7, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Snyder's worst check?
The one he wrote to buy my team.

Posted by: stillAfan1 | December 7, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Laveranues just re-signed with the Jets. Wonder how long that will last.

Posted by: jimward21 | December 7, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Coles was "mostly great here"? Huh? What wre you watching? Who needs a 5'9" possesion reciever?
Getting Santana Moss for Coles was one of the great fleecings in NFL history.
This is a collection of the usual anti-Snyder whining. The losing started back in the 90's, when old man Cooke decided that 3 SB wins were enough and he wasn't going to spend any money. At least Snyder wants to win and when it happens you're all going to be lining up to kiss his a$$..
The biggest bust: 1)Shanahan, 2)Brunell(don't pick your starting QB from the God Squad!).

Posted by: markappraiser1 | December 7, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

The entire organization, some fans, the hosts at AM980, and above all the owner - all of them live in a world of delusion. Let's let another decade pass, they still will not have won a thing. Guaranteed.

Posted by: Trout1 | December 7, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

How about all the $$ on "THE" coach...Marty, Steve, etc...... and after ALL of this, after all the years since '92, the Skins STILL sell-out every game. What do they put in the berr?

Posted by: aginsburg | December 7, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Who has Snyder been torturing after Laveranues Coles?
Posted by: BB703 | December 7, 2010 3:59

I hope you are being sacarstic - if not it would be the fans. 10 years of torture.

To me, doesn't matter about the specifics of the list whether it be FAs or trades, the list of bad personnel moves in the past 10 years is long - as long as Detroit or Oakland? It's that bad.

Posted by: notamullethead | December 7, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget T.J. Duckett.....

Posted by: kjwash1956 | December 7, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

While not a complete bust, it's good to see Antwan Randle-El back in Pittsburgh playing much better than the time he wasted here in DC. I'm of the opinion that it's not only Snyder's interference in football matters that brings in bad players...I think that sometimes the players become "bad" once they get here & see what a bogus organization they're dealing with.

Hope you Deadskins fans wise up & stop supporting a team that has nothing in common with all the storied years of teams from the past. Once "the Dan" took over, that was all history.

Posted by: therapidone | December 7, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Fat Albert Haynesworthless is just the latest in a long line of NFL players who have hustle Dan Snyder for a hugh contract and delivered nothing. It all started with Deion Sander to the latest, Haynesworthless and Donny McNabb... Only only thing all of these players have in common are damn good agents...

Posted by: demtse | December 7, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Now the $78m deal with McNabb. This one won't end well either.

At least, he's getting paid to be mediocre. The new American dream, to be an overpaid free agent with the Skins...

Posted by: dcwager | December 7, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

7. Trung Candidate

Contract: A twenty two-year, $4.8 trillion offer with a team-record $162 billion signing bonus.

Rhetoric: "Only if I can get number 35, that's my lucky jersey number" said Trung. Vinny Cerrato was quoted as stating "This guy is gonna revolutionize the right tackle position" but later recanted after finding out he was a running back.

Highlights: The bench on the sidelines was never stolen and rarely if ever was moved during games.

Lowlights: He gave up a prosperous grocery bagging career.

Resolution: Traded to the Anacostia Safeway for a three wheeled grocery cart - which was later used to send Vinny out of town in 2009.

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | December 7, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Dan: Nice list – always fun to travel down memory lane of horrors.

A Q for Dan: Has anyone done an analysis of how much each season ticketholder has spent on Haynesworth? According to JC, AH has been paid over $35M by the Redskins. I guessed at some of the numbers, but by my calculations, each season ticket holder has paid AH about $490 apiece. My calculations estimated that 35 percent of the revenue the Redskins receive is from the stadium (tickets, parking, concessions etc) and that there were about 25,000 season ticketholders (if there are only 20,000 ticketholders, the number goes up to $612). I would love to know the real numbers and I think it might shock some fans as well. Maybe if people think about it as their money and not Snyder’s, they will demand a better product.

Posted by: buster5 | December 7, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

AS I said some years back on this same blog, FA's come to the Skins for one reason and one reason only and that is to "GET PAID" -- "OVER-PAID". Once they get over-paid, they disappear. I do hope the fantasy game bovine feces DS has been playing is over and let's get down to building a team the good old fashioned way. Maybe next season we can start singing hail to the Skins again. Peace out.

Posted by: renaw9 | December 7, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm of the opinion that it's not only Snyder's interference in football matters that brings in bad players...I think that sometimes the players become "bad" once they get here & see what a bogus organization they're dealing with.

Posted by: therapidone
~~~
MEEEE TOOOO!!!!!!!!Great observation
The team hides behind the supposed generosity of Snyder, fools free-agents into signing here with the corporate wine & dine. The player gets here and see it's a hot mess and sours on the team.

I believe this totally happened with AH.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | December 8, 2010 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Why is it that free agency in the NFL doesn't seem to work as well as in other sports? Just seems like a much higher failure rate of big ticket free agents than other sports.
The Skins aren't alone in free agency failures. Every team lays some eggs.
Look at the upside here. They didn't draft Akili Smith, Freddie Mitchell or JaMarcus Russell. Never traded for Randy Moss, Terrell Owens or Ryan Leaf.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | December 8, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I would put Bruce Smith at #1. Like everyone else was real time, and he was a slo-mo replay. Like Mr. Burns running the sack race at the company picnic. Come to think of it, the boss himself would have played better.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | December 6, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Bruce Smith??? My lord Redskins fans have the shortest memories of any fans on the face of the earth. Bruce Smith was great his first season and his third season in DC. Tony K referred to him as "All World" his first year in Dc.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 8, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

The Haynesworth stomping incident had to be one of the worst incidents in sports history. Karma would decree that any team the pays money to Haynesworth deserves all the terrible things that come their way.

Posted by: Delongl | December 10, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

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