February 28, 2011

With Clinton Portis On His Way Out, What Is His Legacy In Washington?

A column for SB Nation DC.




The DC sports landscape is often devoid of star power, but in 2004 the Washington Redskins landed one of the premier running backs of the past decade from the Denver Broncos. Seven years later, the Clinton Portis era has come to an end as the Redskins have cut ties with the high profile running back in an effort to jumpstart a youth movement.
Portis will leave Washington with the team mired in the same uncertainty present throughout his time here. The woeful state of the franchise diminishes his individual accomplishments, but it seems fitting the Redskins were as volatile as their star player during this emotional roller coaster of a relationship.
The enigmatic yet talented Portis flew to the top of the Washington sports scene during his tenure here. He brought a vibrant presence to the Redskins as an entertainer off the field, and as a warrior on it. There was little question he established himself as the face of the franchise during his stint with the Burgundy and Gold, and with his release on Monday, he leaves a legacy which will be heavily scrutinized in the coming weeks.
The most impressive aspect of Portis' time with the Redskins is his loyalty to Joe Gibbs. Gibbs expected Portis to change his running style and the young back bought into the new system regardless of his comfort level with it. He bulked up to prepare for the bruising role Gibbs wanted him to play and abandoned the one-cut mentality he had been taught in Denver. He wasn't a great fit for Gibbs' scheme, but rather than voice his displeasure at the situation, he adapted and rushed for over 1,000 yards in three of the four years he spent with the coaching legend.
He burst out of the gate with a 64-yard touchdown run on his first carry as a Redskin, led the team to playoff berths in 2005 and 2007 and departs as Washington's second leading all-time rusher behind the great John Riggins.
While Portis managed to succeed with Gibbs, it is easy to think about what could have been. Gibbs handed him the ball 695 times in his first two seasons with the Redskins. He was never quite the same afterwards. It's no secret that Portis refused to commit to a steady workout regimen during the offseason. Preparing for football in the weight room wasn't a priority and it hampered his production.
Neither Gibbs nor his predecessor Jim Zorn could ever convince him to come to training camp in tip-top condition and as the workload wore him down, Portis found his skills eroding. The extra weight cut into his speed and injuries forced him to think twice about seeking out contact.
However, when he was at the top of his game, there weren't many better. In 2005, he posted nine 100-yard games on the ground including five straight to end the season. The Redskins won their last five games that year and made the playoffs.
His most memorable season might have been 2007. Portis and the Redskins overcame the emotional toll taken on them by the murder of Sean Taylor, winning their last four games to surge into the postseason. Portis scored twice in a Week 17 elimination contest against the Cowboys, spurring a dramatic victory to clinch a trip to Seattle. After his second touchdown, he paid tribute to his friend by revealing a Sean Taylor t-shirt under his jersey. The image of Portis flipping into the end zone after breaking two tackles is one of the lasting memories created at FedEx Field.
The entire team fell apart after a 6-2 start under Zorn in 2008, and Portis was never the same after an incredible eight game stretch that year. By the time Mike Shanahan entered the scene to reunite with him, the back was already well into the twilight of his career.

February 25, 2011

Weekend Roundup: Combine 2011

It's that time of year again. We're already starved for football, so we tune into a weekend of guys sprinting 40 yards at a time and throwing up an inhuman amount of repetitions on bench press. And for some reason, it's entertaining.

Here's what I'm reading to keep up to date with all the latest comings and goings from Indianapolis.

Mike Jones has been doing a fantastic job as the new Redskins Insider. He has a great offering on spread QBs trying to make it in the NFL.

Who's been taken with the tenth overall selection in years past? Larry Weisman gives us some recent history about the pick.

The Redskins have a ton of needs so why force it and take a QB if Mike Shanahan isn't sold on any of the top prospects at the position? Rick Snider advises patience and I couldn't agree more.

Snider believes Gabbert won't fall to No. 10 and he isn't a Cam Newton fan. I'm of like mind in regards to Newton. Like Snider writes "there's just something about Newton that says pass."

I have watched a lot of Gabbert the past week and there's a lot to like. He has a great arm and a solid release. Still, he's unpolished and a spread QB. I'll be writing about him for SB Nation DC next week so stay tuned.

But back to the main point, the Redskins might be better off making a lower profile selection that fills one of the other many holes on the roster.

Rich Campbell addressed those holes specifically on the defensive front in his latest article. It's getting tougher to find 3-4 talent and the Redskins are picking in a tough position if they want a nose tackle or outside linebacker.

Another Rich, this one of the Tandler variety, had a good article on the youth movement that should be taking place in the next few seasons for Washington.

Rich and I have discussed this before and though I agree the Redskins need to get younger, I don't think it should be at the expense of every veteran player on the roster. There are a few who can still be productive while remaining affordable, but on the whole, it is time to inject some youth.

That's it for now. Grab your popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the combine. I'll be here this weekend providing you all with my thoughts on what's going down in Indy.

February 24, 2011

Redskins Roundtable: Offseason Musings Part Two

Here's round two. Part one can be read here.

3. Out of all the Redskins set to hit the free agent market, which one does Bruce Allen have to re-sign?

Pappas: Santana Moss (Editor's note: I was hoping for some elaboration, but seeing as I agree with Pappas and have argued this point ad naseum, I think you guys get it).

Murf: Jammal Brown, Santana Moss and Carlos Rogers are the three guys I feel the Redskins should make a strong push to bring back. Brown and Moss have said repeatedly that they want to be back in Washington, but Rogers looks like he's hoping for a big pay day. If the money is right though, I'd love for all of them to return.

Ed: Fortunately, the Redskins would not be hit hard if they lost every FA available on their roster. If they are to continue building off their six win season, retaining WR Santana Moss is essential. I wouldn't go beyond a three year deal with Moss, but they may prove to be difficult unless the Redskins can front-end the bulk of his salary in 2011 and 2012.

Rajan: He got a fair bit of criticism this season, but in my book, it's gotta be Tackle Jammal Brown.

When Brown is healthy, we're talking about a player who has been to the Pro Bowl twice in the past five years, and is versatile enough to play either left or right tackle. We have to remember that he was still recovering from surgery that he had on his hip. While his injuries did manage to heal (to some extent) as the season went on, it's impossible for anyone to fully recover from that injury, given the wear and tear they go through during the season.

Coming into 2011, Brown has a chance to finally start the season healthy. Pairing Brown with Trent Williams would give the Redskins Pro Bowl-caliber bookends on the offensive line for at least another half decade.

Keely: The ‘Skins cannot afford to lose their most reliable receiver, Santana Moss. Moss' accomplishments last season included a career-high 93 catches for a second best 1,115 yards. He placed 3rd in the league in receptions and 10th in total yards. Without his contributions, the team would have been in even worse shape.

4. What concerns you the most about the current state of the roster?

Pappas: A lack of talent across the board. At this point it is easier to list the areas where they don't need help - and that would be tight end.

Murf: Too old. Too slow. Too few playmakers on all sides of the ball.

But other than that, they're great.

Ed: The biggest concerns I have with the Redskins' roster heading into the 2011 season is age and Albert Haynesworth. Haynesworth needs to go. If they can't trade him, cut him.

It is my hope that the Redskins will let some of the aging veterans go and bring in faster, stronger, and hungrier players. There are too many players on the Redskins roster who play not to get hurt. Although that is the culture in today's NFL with no guaranteed contracts, there are younger players out there who don't have the big contracts that will sell-out for their big pay day.

New England has mastered managing players who start to show signs of playing only for the money. They ship them out quickly and bring in players looking for opportunity. Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan will turn things around, but it is a process and it won't happen overnight.

Rajan: Honestly, it's the severe lack of quality depth at so many key positions. I've been saying this all along: most people don't realize how unbelievably bare the cupboards were once Cerrato was dismissed and Allen & Shanahan came aboard.

I know it's cliche to say when it comes to the Redskins, but when you keep trading away multiple draft picks, year after year, for a single player, it eventually comes back to bite you. They're dangerously thin at running back, wide receiver, the interior of the offensive line, inside linebacker, cornerback (with Carlos Rogers and Phillip Buchanon being free agents), and free safety.

Redskins fans can cross their fingers that a "bigger name" prospect in the draft falls to Washington's selection at No. 10, but if they have an opportunity to trade back (ideally into the mid-to-late-teens) and pick up a second and/or third rounder, they have to do it. This team needs depth, youth, and speed - and lots of it.

Keely: Our wide receiver and quarterback situations give me most cause for concern. Despite the poor defensive performance last season, the Redskins have enough talented on defense to give them an opportunity to succeed. The offense, however, lacks a viable long-term candidate for quarterback.

After benching Donovan McNabb, the Redskins found themselves without a starting-caliber quarterback. Santana Moss, whose contract expired in February, had an excellent season, but has been the only consistent playmaker at wide receiver. Though Anthony Armstrong showed big-play potential and made considerable progress, his production was sporadic.


February 23, 2011

Redskins Roundtable: Offseason Musings Part One

Coverage of the Redskins is in no short supply on the Internet. Various media outlets and blogs do a fantastic job breaking down all the comings and goings involving this team and without them I honestly wouldn't be able to keep in the loop.

I've been writing this blog for a a few years and this offseason, I felt it would be a good idea to bring in some fresh perspectives to the site. So I reached out to a few of my fellow writers and set up the first Redskins Roundtable on 'Skins Talk.

This will be an occasional feature in which four or five extra voices will address some of the big issues facing the Redskins at that particular time. This time around we examine the draft, free agency, Donovan McNabb, and the culture change Mike Shanahan is bringing about.

The Players:

John Pappas-Pappas is the host of Skinscast and a contributor to Hail! Magazine among other endeavors. Shaun Suisham and Graham Gano are his all-time favorite Redskins and he's pulling for Shanahan to draft Alex Henery in the first round.

Brian Murphy-Murf goes by the name Homer McFanboy and is the Editor-in-Chief of Hail! Magazine. He's another member of Skinscast and has been covering Washington area sports for...well, a very long time.

Ed Sheahin-Ed is one of the nicest guys in the business. He covered the Redskins for CBS Sports in 2009 and is now writing for Sports Fan Live.

Rajan Nanavati-Rajan is the Editor at Redskins Gab and is a Virginia Tech alumnus. So he's alright in my book.

Keely Diven-Keely is a contributor at Redskins Gab and provides the female voice for our Roundtable. If you haven't checked out Redskins Gab be sure to do so. They churn out quality content daily.

That's the lineup for this inaugural edition of the Redskins Roundtable. We're breaking this first one into two parts. Enjoy!


February 22, 2011

What's the Deal With St. Patrick's Day Merchandise?

I like holidays. I'm a huge fan of gifts and eating and drinking. But what I don't like is the marketing done by sports franchises on St. Patrick's Day.

The Redskins sent out an email today, advertising their St. Patty's Day apparel.

Funny but the Redskins don't have green in their color scheme and Washington DC isn't Boston, Buffalo, or Chicago. The Nation's Capital has zero ties to Ireland and quite frankly I can't remember the last time I saw a shamrock growing on Constitution and Seventh.

The Redskins aren't alone in this. It's a league-wide gimmick designed to sell more memorabilia and jerseys, but when the NFL is trying to sell Dolphins fans this, I think we can safely say St. Patrick's Day themed merchandise is a complete joke.

Here's a peek at what the Redskins are offering:


That's the best they could do? A generic three leaf clover with a Redskins logo thrown in at the top. Honestly, I wouldn't have even noticed it was a Redskins T-shirt if I had seen it in person The hat isn't fitted so that's a no-go as well. Maybe I'll just roll with these.

I would be a little less annoyed if the NFL came up with an energized marketing campaign for this holiday, but green T-shirts and Pilsner glasses display an halfhearted attempt to sell a few extra products to markets that possess no roots in Irish heritage.

February 21, 2011

Have The Redskins Learned How To Be Smart In Free Agency?

It was only a matter of time before the Redskins figured out free agency. After all, they've had since 1993 to master the art.

If the developing OJ Atogwe story is an indication of how savvy Bruce Allen can be, then I'm sold. Allen wasn't aware Atogwe would be cut a year after signing another contract with the Rams, but the simple fact that he passed on the free safety when the asking price was too high speaks volumes to a cautious approach in free agency.

In 2010, the Rams let Atogwe test the free agent market for three weeks in June after declining to sign him to a one-year tender. However, he chose to sign a five-year, $31.6 million deal with St. Louis after talking with several other teams. The contract promised him an $8 million roster bonus this offseason, prompting the Rams to part ways with him last week.

Last offseason, Mike Shanahan deflected questions from reporters trying to gauge his interest in Atogwe before the latter signed with the Rams.

"We're always interested in upgrading our football team, and if it helped us with the right situation and the price was right, and somebody is available, we're always going to look into it," he said. "We do have some depth at certain positions and we've got some pretty good players at certain positions. You've got to take a look at the value of the player, how much money, draft choices. There's so many factors involved. We'll do what we can to help our football team improve, but look at the economics as well as the strength of the position."

We'll never know for sure if the Redskins took a look at Atogwe in 2010, but the point is they passed on an expensive free agent and now have the opportunity to sign him to a more cost-effective deal. Call it patience; call it good fortune; I don't care. The days of rabid spending are over.

Bruce Allen wasn't hired to make football decisions so much as he was brought in to adopt a policy of fiscal responsibility in the front office. He's a numbers guy and thus far, he's avoided any huge financial commitments to underachieving, aging players.

He will probably back out of the Donovan McNabb deal and the higher profile signings of Willie Parker and Larry Johnson didn't take much from the coffers (Parker's deal had a max of $3.1 million and Johnson's base salary was a little over $1 million per year). The Redskins took a gamble on the pair of older running backs and though it backfired, there was little to no financial strain in signing them.

Unlike Johnson and Parker, Atogwe still has plenty left in the tank. He will be 30 in June, but a ballhawking free safety doesn't experience the same wear and tear a running back endures. Brian Dawkins was 30 in 2003 and that didn't stop him from making the Pro Bowl five more times. Darren Sharper has 18 interceptions in five seasons after turning 30 as well.

Atogwe also played for Jim Haslett when the current Redskins defensive coordinator was with the Rams from 2006-08 both as a defensive coordinator and an interim head coach in 2008. During those three seasons, Atogwe had 232 tackles 16 interceptions, and 11 forced fumbles under Haslett.

His release has generated some interest around the league and he met with Washington on Monday, paying a visit to what will likely be his most active suitor. The Redskins need a a free safety to complement LaRon Landry and Atogwe fits the bill.

Speaking of bills, Allen lived up to his reputation and saved Washington a pile of them because he knows good things come to those who wait. Atogwe might not end up a Redskin, but Allen's restraint in this situation is a display of what solid decision-making can do.

Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Atogwe actually arrived Monday night per Mike Jones and is visiting with the team today.

February 16, 2011

Terrence Austin on Santana Moss: "I Would Love To See Him Back"

Terrence Austin happens to be a favorite on this blog and I was able to catch up with him last week for a great chat as he talked about his rookie year, life on the practice squad, his first catch, and the offseason.

However, he also touched on Santana Moss and the latter's potential departure from the Redskins. Moss is a free agent this offseason and Austin made no bones about the fact he wants him around in 2011.

"I would love to see him back and that's one thing I hope they can work out," he said. "I'm a little biased because he's been my favorite receiver since he got to [the University of] Miami."

Losing Moss from a production standpoint might be costly. He had a career-high 93 receptions last season and was one of the few bright spots on an anemic offense. He is an older player, but some reports indicate that he might take a shorter deal, which would be more conducive to the Redskins overall plans both financially and on the field.

Not only is Moss an asset on gameday, but Austin also revealed that he was instrumental in his development last season.

"It was an honor to get here and actually learn from him and I don't feel like I've soaked up all that I need to get from him," he told me. "You know, he has a lot of knowledge and a lot of stuff that he can show any young receiver coming into the league and I just don't want to lose him. I think he's definitely a big help to our program and hopefully we can reel him back in. I really hope so."

It's hard to find a player as committed to Washington as Moss is. He has played through injuries, led the receiving corps since 2005 and has displayed incredible professionalism during his entire career with the Redskins.

Hearing Austin speak about him with such respect, it's clear his impact stretches far beyond his own performance. He has been extremely supportive of the younger, more inexperienced receivers on the team and that selfless approach isn't often a common trait among talented wide outs.

The Redskins shouldn't hamstring themselves with a hefty, long-term contract for a receiver who is 31, but a two or three-year deal makes sense if Moss is willing to sign one. He can still be a threat while providing a guiding hand to players like Austin.

"I'm going to try to do whatever I can to try and help get him back if I can do anything," he said. "I love that guy. He was like a big brother to me the whole season."

February 14, 2011

Albert Haynesworth Is At It Again

This is just getting comical. Hours after turning himself in for a misdemeanor assault charge on Saturday, Albert Haynesworth was accused of sexually abusing a waitress early Sunday morning. Controversy is his forte and over the weekend he managed to stir up two breaking news stories in record time even by his lofty standards.

Haynesworth allegedly got a bit carried away after slipping his credit card in a waitress' shirt pocket as he lingered to cop a feel. While that wasn't a surprise, I was shocked to hear a burly defensive lineman with $41 million guaranteed doesn't roll with straight cash.

I've lost count of the pending lawsuits and law-breaking incidents this guy has been involved in, but it has to be more than the 6.5 sacks he contributed on the field in two season with the Redskins.

One thing's for sure. He's consistently the biggest headache on the roster and it's getting to the point where you have to wonder if he is simply trying to force his release rather than wait for a trade. Given that his value is hovering around the zero mark, Washington may as well accommodate him before any other negative stories break this offseason.

Character Counts In Redskins Rebuild Effort

A column for SB Nation DC.

It has been said that drama finds the Washington Redskins. Dan Snyder is suing a newspaper, Albert Haynesworth is suffering from the ill effects of road rage, and even in an offseason devoid of free agency, the Redskins have taken center stage. Without a doubt, drama is the key word-but let's be honest-they bring it upon themselves.

The Redskins modus operandi has been to lure fans back to FedEx Field year after year with marquee names, promising they will be the ones to restore success to a woebegone organization. Each splash brings a rush of excitement which comes crashing down by midseason amidst the realization that mediocrity reigns supreme. The results of this cavalier approach have been disastrous as Washington has never made it beyond the divisional round of the playoffs since Joe Gibbs' first retirement.

We could argue for the entire offseason about what ails this team. There's no shortage of ideas on what the Redskins must do to win on the football field and succeed beyond the annual offseason spoils. Fortify the trenches, build through the draft, snag that elusive franchise quarterback, implement a system with staying power; all of these philosophies possess their merits and you can find supporters for just about any theory under the sun. Analysis comes from just about everywhere these days and I'm sure I've heard about 100 different formulas on what it takes to become a winning franchise.

But in football there isn't any one way to win. The Redskins of old had a tremendous offensive line. This season, the Packers didn't. The Patriots and Colts have based a decade of winning upon the draft and it didn't hurt that they bagged franchise quarterbacks along the way. Meanwhile the Ravens and Buccaneers got by with solid, dependable veterans under center. The Rams made their mark on offense while the '85 Bears won with defense. Terrell Davis carried Denver to the Super Bowl in '97, but the Steelers weren't riding their 23rd-ranked rushing offense to a berth in Glendale.

The point is that there isn't any one thing which these championship-winning teams had in common aside from the actual accomplishment of winning a championship. Title runs come in all shapes and sizes; they aren't limited to one breed of team. The current state of the NFL is a testament to this. A commitment to a particular brand of football is important but innovation and flexibility within such a system are just as crucial.

However, on-field excellence isn't what I'm getting at. The other side of the blueprint to success is more clear cut and less debatable. A high level of character is essential to providing a stable locker room where ego is downplayed and vocal leadership maintains order. A delicate balance is necessary to affirm such stability exists year in and year out. And at this juncture, the Redskins haven't learned to embrace a culture that fosters such a balance.

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February 8, 2011

Redskins Would Be Wise To Re-Sign Santana Moss

It isn't news that Santana Moss' contract expires this offseason. The Redskins top receiver addressed this issue several months ago at the end of the season and made it clear he wants to remain in Washington.

"I don't feel like leaving is going to help me win games somewhere else," Moss told Redskins Blogger Matt Terl. "I feel that, you know, somewhere that you are comfortable with, that you feel like you can play, and your family can live and, you know, you can raise your family and live comfortably, and play a great game, and play at a high level. You know, why leave? So that's why I feel the way I feel."

Moss said this in December just weeks after a heartfelt outburst in the locker room following a 17-16 loss to Tampa in which he had scored the potential game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter only to see the extra point botched.

"Man it just hurts," said Moss who was nearly in tears. "There ain't a whole lot to say about it. When you are going through it year after year, it just builds up man. It hurts. I don’t have words for it. I just feel we work too hard to come out here and be mediocre on Sundays."

For anyone in the locker room that day, the emotional scene wasn't a me-first breakdown a la Terrell Owens. Moss is a team-oriented guy who has pushed all his chips in with the Redskins organization and he's proven that with the effort he's put forth since his arrival. He wants to win and has made it clear he wants to win here.

The Redskins haven't been particularly successful during Moss' time here, but he hasn't let it affect his personal performance. Since coming to Washington in 2005, the 10-year pro has been the top option on the receiving corps, catching 70+ passes four times and going over 1,000 yards on three occasions.

Age hasn't been a factor yet as Moss embraced more of a possession receiver role in Kyle Shanahan's offense this past season and caught a career high 93 passes at the age of 31. He spent time in the slot this year and it seemed to keep him fresher than in seasons past.

The University of Miami product has been a warrior throughout his career, battling through a plethora of lower body ailments that come with playing the receiver position. He has missed just four games in six years with the Redskins and though his gamebreaking skills have diminished, he is still a valuable asset on a team devoid of elite receiving talents.

The general consensus heading into the offseason seemed to be that Moss wanted to stay and the Redskins would likely try and re-sign him. Without him, the Redskins top receiver would be Anthony Armstong who emerged as a solid deep threat and number two wideout, but really doesn't have the make up to be the top WR.

However, a report surfaced on Sunday from Jason La Canfora, indicating Washington would not offer an extension to their best receiver.

Hold the phone here. I don't believe for a minute the 'Skins would let Moss walk without at least conducting some sort of discussion with him. Moss has indicated that he wants to play here and considering the lack of proven talent on the depth chart at receiver, Shanahan would be foolish not to pursue him.

Some people have taken La Canfora's report as gospel truth and while Bruce Allen may embrace a more fiscally responsible approach to managing player personnel than his predecessor, I would find it shocking and borderline negligent if he completely ignored Moss this offseason.

I'm aware the team should be in rebuild mode, but with all the holes on this roster, letting a highly productive veteran like Moss go would only add to the problems rather than contribute to the solution. Moss is a leader, a focal point offensively, and Washington has no one to take over his role should they choose to let him go.

Granted he might demand a long-term deal the Redskins deem risky given his age. He might even ask for more money than Allen is willing to part with. But ultimately the organization will be sorry if they don't sit down and attempt to reach an agreement with a guy who said it "felt like it was meant for me to be here" in the Nation's Capital.

February 1, 2011

Albert Haynesworth Voted One Of The Most Disliked Figures In Sports

Albert Haynesworth isn't just hated in Washington. Apparently, the negative feelings towards the surly defensive tackle resound around the nation.

Fat Albert came to DC amid much fanfare. He'll be lucky if he leaves without being tarred and feathered by a contingent of burgundy and gold clad season ticket holders. In his wake he leaves a legacy of failed wind sprints, belly flops, some failed business ventures, and a general nonchalance in regards to life.

He'll also carry with him the distinction of being the seventh most hated figure in sports.

Forbes.com featured Haynesworth in a slideshow of the top ten most hated figures in sports today. He landed in between St Louis Cardinals home run king Mark McGwire who was number eight and Cincinnati Bengals prima donna wide receiver Terrell Owens at number six.

I knew Al wasn't popular in the area, but I thought the national storylines from the season were long blown over. After all, he didn't play the final four games of the season after Mike Shanahan suspended him for what he described as "simply existing" conduct detrimental to the team. I believed that would have given him time to move out of the spotlight and make way for the Lebron Jameses of the world.

However, James was absent from the list and the Nielsen poll had 46% percent of the voters hating on Washington's $100 million man.

Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis won the top spot with 68% dislike. Michael Vick's impressive year couldn't absolve him of past crimes as the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback came in at number two with 56%. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was number three while Tiger Woods and Manny Ramirez rounded out the top five.

The Redskins are looking to part ways with Haynesworth and will likely look for a trade partner willing to surrender a mid-round draft pick in exchange for the mercurial defensive lineman's services. When motivated, he can still be a dominant player and there has been speculation he could end up with either the Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, or his former team, the Tennessee Titans.

Haynesworth played under Lions' coach Jim Schwartz when the latter was the defensive coordinator in Tennessee. Current Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn coached him in Tennessee and though Jeff Fisher was recently given the boot by owner Bud Adams, Haynesworth hasn't seemed opposed to returning to the Titans.