When Albert Haynesworth was a free agent in March 2009, six teams were willing to meet his $100 million asking price. Count Kansas City Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli as one of them. According to ESPN's Michael Smith, Haynesworth's agent Chad Speck had received assurances by the Chiefs that they'd be wiling to meet the asking price.
However, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder outbid every team in hot pursuit of Haynesworth by offering more guaranteed money than any other NFL suitor. Thus, he became property of Washington.
Everyone knows of the continual blunders Snyder makes over-paying free agents, and this time he miscalculated big-time in giving Haynesworth over $45 million in guarantees.
Now it's backfiring on him. New head coach Mike Shanahan has been displeased with his All-Pro defensive lineman skipping voluntary and mandatory workouts. That means he's likely going to dig in and make it hard to honor Speck's requests in regards to a trade.
So why spew the background on all of this?
Because the Chiefs should be interesting in making a deal. They had Haynesworth in their sights a year ago. They need a strong inside presence in the middle of a defensive line that just isn't very good.
Now the heart of the issue is that Haynesworth does not want to play in a 3-4 scheme. It's the one that Shanahan has installed and also the one the Chiefs plan on running. But the Chiefs should scrap that plan.
They've never had the personnel to run the 3-4 defense, and based on the fact they did little to bolster their entire front seven in free agency or the NFL Draft, to expect the same seven guys from a year ago to be productive is as bad as choosing kicker Lin Elliott over Nick Lowery.
We all know how that turned out.
To be fair, new defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel is a genius. I consider him in the top five defensive minds to ever coach that side of the ball in the history of the NFL. But I doubt he can get enough from the returning starters from a year ago to excel in his version of the 3-4.
Is Haynesworth just about the coin?
The problem rests in the fact the Chiefs don't possess four productive linebackers at the moment. Finding three starters would be much easier.
They don't have a dominating interior defensive line or an outside pass rush. By adding Haynesworth and making the switch to a 4-3 scheme, this defense instantly becomes better.
The Chiefs could move Glenn Dorsey inside playing next to Haynesworth and surround him with Tyson Jackson and Alex Magee. In obvious passing situation, Tamba Hali could play the true Falcon position and replace one of the defensive ends on third down.
At linebacker, the Chiefs -- who appear foolish to try and get another year out of Mike Vrabel -- could shift him to middle linebacker. Then Derrick Johnson and Hali could go outside and the Chiefs could bring in DeMorrio Williams in obvious passing situations.
We already know the defensive backfield is going to be strong with rookie starters Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis at safety. The corners are solid with the Brandon boys (Carr and Flowers).
By making these moves, the Chiefs' defense would all of sudden jump to the middle of the pack. It also means the end of trying to fit personnel into a defensive scheme that just won't work with the present players.
A defensive pass rush is only as good as the push the defensive line can create in the middle. If three guys need to block two interior defense linemen, that means offensive and defensive tackles will battle gladiator-style.
Front seven same as 09 group.
Now we don't know for certain what Crennel has up his sleeve this season, because we've heard the Chiefs may run some 4-3 alignments. But even if Haynesworth doesn't want to play in a 3-4 scheme, I think the Chiefs' coaching staff can show him the way to numerous Pro Bowls.
And lastly, this defense could reach the middle of the pack instead of the bottom of the heap during the 2010 season.
Pioli has to be shrewd, as he was passing on the ungrateful Henderson, who failed to keep his work about his visit to Kansas City last month.
Now he has to convince Washington to part with a third day pick. There isn't any value in the Chiefs over-paying for a player that wants out by giving up a first, second or third rounder in 2011 or 2012.
If Pioli, who had a solid draft plan, can lure Haynesworth for the right price, then convince him and the other players on his roster, that he's the missing piece to the Chiefs defensive puzzle, all of a sudden the Chiefs become players for an AFC West title in 2010.
However, on the flip side based on comments made from his current head coach and the players in Washington he left behind in his wake, it would be a PR nightmare for the Chiefs and it could cause dissention in the locker room. Especially when you factor the $21 million check he cashed from the Redskins April 1st and still didn't report to the mandatory Mini-Camp this week.
So I go back to the original question. Is he worth it?