Albert Haynesworth to Tampa Bay Bucs for Michael Clayton?
Is there finally a way for the Redskins to save face on the signing of Albert Haynesworth and dispatch him forthwith to another NFL team while simultaneously boosting their corps of wide receivers? Maybe. Maybe not.
Roy Cummings, who covers the Tampa Bay Buccanneers for the Tampa Tribune, thinks there may be. He floated the idea of a Haynesworth-for-Michael Clayton deal in an interview on "Miller & Moulton) on ESPN 770 in Fort Myers on Monday night. (via joebucsfan.com and Pro Football Talk.
"It makes a great deal of sense and here's why: Don't forget. The Buccaneers were the team that offered Albert Haynesworth more money than anybody else in the NFL last year. A lot of people forget that - conveniently want to ignore that fact. ... You know what, I think it makes all kinds of sense. It's a ballsy move. I don't know if he's going to do it. They do want to be young here more than anything. But you know what, if Stylez White can't wake up in these last two preseason games and show them what he's got, why not? Go give it a shot. I mean, money really is not an issue. People don't want to believe that here. Everybody, you know, on your end of things here in Tampa Bay wants to keep talking about money here and money there and how much the Glazers are or are not spending. I can tell you right now, if they think can get Albert Haynesworth, and it ends up becoming a wash in terms of what the payroll is, they'll do it. And they'll go out and get him. And you know what, he'll make the team a better football team in a hurry."
Cummings also points out the connection between Redskins general manager Bruce Allen and Clayton.
"Well, it might happen. ... And let's not forget, Bruce Allen drafted Michael Clayton. ... One thing Bruce Allen will always do as an NFL general manager is try to prove that many mistakes he's made as a general manager were not mistakes at all. He's not good at what he does. And he makes a situation worse by trying to constantly prove that he did not make a mistake in drafting this guy in the first round, second round, third round, ... I wouldn't be surprised to see him do it again."
August 24, 2010; 11:50 AM ET
Categories: Albert Haynesworth , Redskins
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