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It’s Friday February 27 and the National Football League’s free agent dominos have already started to fall. It’s the first day of Free Agency and Daniel Snyder has wasted no time coming back from his one-year spending sabbatical. According to the world wide leader, ALBERT HAYNESWORTH has inked a 7 year, $100 million dollar contract with the Washington Redskins, including incentives which could net the leagues most dominant defensive player upwards of $115 million. The deal is said to include $41 million in guarantees and pay him $32 million over the first 13 months.

Is the National Football League recession proof? Only time will tell. But one thing is for sure; Daniel Snyder isn’t one of the owners reeling from the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. Stealing the nasty “Painsworth” away from Tennessee forced the skins to give out the richest contract EVER given to a defensive player. But is he worth the investment?

This $100 million dollar man has his share of risks. This is the same Albert Haynesworth famous for stomping on Andre Gurode’s head in 2006- not by accident but on purpose. This is a man who purposely rippied Andre’s Helmet off, tackled him to the ground, and proceeded to stomp on his head like it was a piniatta and there was a chocolate, peanutbutter, cookie dough cheesecake stuck in the head. This stunt cost Albert 5 games and almost ended his stint as a Titan. More importantly it forever tarnished Haynesworth’s name and reputation. Despite these character concerns, Haynesworth is known around league circles as the most complete Defensive Tackle in the NFL. Albert is renowned throughout the league for changing the game in the trenches single handedly. DURING A CONTRACT YEAR THAT IS. Only time will tell if Albert can manage to bring the same hunger to the football field as he does to the dinner table (now that he never has to worry about putting food on that table again). With a history of playing harder during contract years, one can only hope Daniel Snyder, Jim Zorn, and the Redskins have a game plan to keep Albert in shape, and playing with intensity each and every snap. That is one hell of a scary way to risk $100 million+ in an economy that’s less stable than the Oakland Raiders front office. That being said, the NFC East better take notice. The NFL’s deepest division just got a boost in talent, physicality, and meanness.

Please check back in as I will continue to update you on free agency.


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