How much is Haynes…Worth?
So many thoughts on a busy sports weekend as the calendar turns from February to March. I just can’t focus on one particular item, so I’ll let it rip “Russell Mania” style.
You know free agency has started when the Redskins or the Raiders start throwing around gobs of money like it’s growing off a cherry tree in their respective stadiums.
The Redskins must have confused those proverbial cherry trees for the annual “cherry blossom” trees that grow in so beautifully in the Nations Capital. Or maybe they are just confused, period.
100 Million for Albert Haynesworth? Are you kidding me? I know ONLY 41 million dollars of it is guaranteed, like that is some kind of justification for this kind of high stakes gambling. Please. This is a very large man, who plays in a very high traffic area on the field – who can and has been easily hurt.
Sure, he has repaired his reputation – as best one could – after stomping a hole in Andre Gurode’s face back in 2006. However, could you be reasonably sure that a guy with that kind of unnecessary temper might not snap again?
Even if Haynesworth gives the Redskins everything he possibly can in terms of impact, this deal will NEVER be justifiable, in any way, shape or form.
Then there are the incentives that could take the contract up to 115 million or so. What incentives could you possibly need?
I used to work with a few guys that would bemoan the fact that NFL players do not have guaranteed contracts, and how unfair it was. All I can say, as I said back then – is thank god that the NFL has not caved in on this subject. If there is a silver lining in the rainbow, this deal is only 40% guaranteed.
Here’s the bottom line, if you want to know why the Redskins have been a perennial disappointment – the fact is that the Redskins have refused to address the offensive line and defensive line in the early rounds of the NFL Draft for the entire century so far. They have only selected THREE players in the first three-rounds of the draft that play in the trenches. All three players were offensive lineman. You just can not win with this ridiculously misguided philosophy.
Instead they go and blow all this money on one player who while dominating, is just about as shaky as Daniel Snyder’s decision making.
The New England Chiefs – or ummm, the Kansas City Patriots sure are starting to resemble a team that looks like the team that got screwed out of the playoffs last year. First it was Scott Pioli, taking complete control of football operations – then Mike Vrabel followed by Saturday’s acquisition of Matt Cassel. What’s next? New uniforms featuring the red, white and blue? Perhaps they’ll change the name from Arrowhead to Arrow-boro? Maybe new head coach Todd Haley will wear the Belichick hooded sweatshirt that is a fashion symbol of all the greats.
We mentioned how dumb the Redskins are – but they are just lining up right behind the Oakland Raiders for pure idiocy. Hey Big Al – those sure were great signings last offseason. Javon Walker, DeAngelo Hall and Gibril Wilson. One word. GONE! SWEEEEEEETTTT!
A job well done by the Giants to retain Brandon Jacobs. The guy takes a pounding but is so smooth and athletic. He’s everything the Giants thought they were getting in Ron Dayne, but unlike the “not-so great” Dayne – Jacobs isn’t a little girl and afraid of contact.
On the MLB front, can Manny and Scott Boras just please go away! Nobody wants to give your client what you think he should get. Face it, everyone knows that while his bat is extremely tempting and his antics at times humorous — no team with any clue would just throw whopping loads of cash at a 37-year old prima-donna. A lot of Dodger fans are calling owner Frank McCourt cheap – I say he is just paying for the past mistakes of GM Ned Colletti like Andruw Jones, Jason Schmidt, Juan Pierre and more. He is not about to acquiesce to Boras and Man-Ram just because the Dodgers sold a lot of #99 jerseys and mock dreadlocks over two months.
If I were the Mets, I would be very concerned about Johan Santana. He has some elbow tightness, which could lead to a whole series of issues. Santana has never been a great first-half pitcher, but let’s face it – the Mets need every ounce of their ace that they can get. You can’t just say – it’s only April. The Mets need every win they can get – because even though they jacked up the back end of their bullpen, their offense is still highly questionable – especially in big pressure-cooker moments.
It’s March, and that means the madness is about to begin. I kind of like college hoops, never have been able to surround it with the passion that most have for the sport or the tournament. Bottom-line, I can’t fall in love with a sport that is based more on hustle then actual talent. The games are just as often sloppy and hard to watch, as they are close and dramatic. I’ll keep an eye on the Madness, but true happiness for me is watching the National Hockey League and Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and the Detroit Red Wings doing their thing.
Chris Russell is a long-time nationally syndicated sports talk show host of “Russell Mania” on Sporting News Radio, Sports Fan Radio Network and SIRIUS XM Radio. You can e-mail him directly at email@example.com. You can also listen to some of his radio work at www.chrisradio.com.