Q: Can the Redskins sign Albert Haynesworth?
A: Sure, if they make another move or restructure some more contracts. We have them at $8 million under the salary cap (that includes the money to Kedric Golston and Anthony Montgomery, both of whom were tendered today). If they want Haynesworth they could cut Jason Taylor and improve themselves right away. They can't backload the deals as they could in the past because of the uncapped year in 2010.
Q: Should they sign Haynesworth?
A: There's no doubt Haynesworth is a top player. There's no doubt he would improve the Redskins front four. This is not a Dana Stubblefield repeat from a talent standpoint. Yes, Stubby was coming off a defensive player of the year, but he played next to Bryant Young and even at the time many thought he was greatly helped by Young's presence. But the trouble is, Haynesworth has played his best when on one-year deals and hasn't played all 16 games since 2002. This would be a major risk.
Q: What other problems would this signing present?
A: If he isn't motivated then a lot of money is tied up into one player. Also, and this is where I have some issues, let's say they can't sign Haynesworth and keep DeAngelo Hall. And let's say they have to cut Shawn Springs. And then they sign someone such as Dre Bly. Is that really an improvement? But if they can somehow get Haynesworth and re-sign Hall that would be a major coup.
Q: What other options are there?
A: Sign Chris Canty, keep Springs and Hall and sign punter Hunter Smith. Those aren't dynamic moves, but you've improved the line, kept the secondary strong and improved special teams.
Q: Is that what you would do?
A: Still torn. I loved watching Haynesworth this season and he made the Tennessee linemen better with his presence. Think what he could do for Andre Carter. I would expect Carter to have double-digit sacks again. Haynesworth is nimble enough for stunts and creates a lot of openings for others. How do you pass that up?
Q: Will Hall re-sign?
A: That's a tough one. I think it's 50-50, but it's hard to say who the competitors are for him. New England is a possibility, but that's not a guarantee.
Q: Would you sign Derrick Dockery?
A: Only for $2 million or less. Dockery was horrible in Buffalo this year, according to a Bills source. But he knows the Redskins run game, is familiar with the rest of the line and was improving when he left. Plus it would give the Redskins a young guard. Chad Rinehart clearly is not the answer and might never be.
Q: Should they re-sign Phillip Daniels?
A: Yes, at a low sum. They lost a terrific leader in Marcus Washington and could lose more of their personality if Springs is gone. Daniels is a fantastic teamm
ate and would fill any role they need. He can play inside or outside. Yes, he'll be 36, but he can still help.
Q: How about Demetric Evans?
A: Depends on who else they sign. If Evans wants to start he should go somewhere else. He's a fine end, but he's really just about adequate. Evans had some rough games last year, though he is an excellent backup capable of being a decent starter. Nothing wrong with that. However, if they get Canty and re-sign Daniels there wouldn't be as much room for Evans.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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