“Rival Gate”: Haynesworth To The Giants?

I know we just covered all the reasons why Albert Haynesworth probably isn’t going to go anywhere before the draft — but stuff like this is fun to gab about.

Paul Graziano over at GmenHQ has several excellent points about Haynesworth — in that he would be a GREAT fit for the Giants and they have lots of money to spend after their defensive collapse last year. And not only that, they may be interested in dealing the (relatively) newly acquired Chris Canty who is Dallas’ former DE that is a natural 3-4. Read what Paul has come up with:  [via]

The question of the day is does Jerry Reese have any interest in taking on big Albert Haynesworth from the Redskins? With rumors that the Redskins proposed including big Al in the deal for Donovan McNabb (and the Iggles politely declined the same), speculation is abound that the Skins are trying to not so subtly move the biggest fish from free agency 2009 as they make the switch to the 3-4 defense.

Reports indicate Haynesworth is not too excited to take on the nose tackle position for Mike Shanahan and big Al and Shanahan are not exactly on friendly terms at the moment. Better yet, the Skins just paid Al a huge sum of cash (to the tune of $21 million) and the remainder of Al’s contract becomes extremely cap friendly (profootballtalk.com is reporting that the rest of big Al’s deal is in the range of 3 years, $16 million, with $9 million guaranteed). Even if we acknowledge that Haynesworth didn’t come close to living up to his big money deal, I would take him for $9 million guaranteed for the next three years. Is Jerry Reese interested?

A short year ago, the Giants tried to lure Haynesworth to the Meadowlands with an $80 million plus contract only to be outbid by Ritchie Rich who guaranteed big Al $42 million with a total contract value in excess of $100 million. I have to think that Jerry will make the call and inquire as to what Mike Shanahan wants to move a guy who is not a good fit for their defensive scheme but more importantly, is not buying into the Shanahan program. If Jerry was willing to add big Al last year, I would assume his interest remains, especially given the affordability of his contract.

It also begs the question, would it make sense to offer up some cash (so Ritchie Rich doesn’t have to swallow the entire $21 million paid out last week) and perhaps Chris Canty, who is a natural 3-4 defensive end, and who also disappointed everyone last year after being unable to stay healthy or produce as expected? For my money, I give up Canty and some coin, bring in big Al, and still add another defensive tackle in Round 3 or 4 in the draft, thereby solidifying the Giants run defense and also adding a pocket pushing presence who commands double teams on every snap (somewhere, Justin Tuck and Osi are smiling at the notion of big Al occupying multiple offensive lineman).

I think if the Giants and Redskins could work out a deal here, not only would it be amazing in that 2010 really is the year of “Rival Gate”, but both teams would perhaps be better off.  Canty is steeped in the 3-4 scheme and Haynesworth wants to continue playing in a 4-3 tackle spot… and both teams can afford this move. On paper it’s perfect.

But what do you think?

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And leave your reasoning in the comments section below, we’d be interested to hear why you voted the way you did.


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4 Responses to ““Rival Gate”: Haynesworth To The Giants?”

  1. cosmo says:

    No don’t trade the slacker, too much money spent, and there is real merit in having him move to DE. Move Carter instead.

  2. Jon says:

    I would be hesistant to move big Al within the division, although I have always been a huge fan of Canty, especially in a 3-4 scheme. If it were anyone but the Giants I would say Al for Canty, a second rounder, and (if the NFL allows) a little bit of cash would be a win-win.

    With that said, we could easily move him to a team such as the Rams or Bucs and possibly get a high 2nd rounder for him. This would give a team like the Rams a to accomplish a 2 in 1 deal. They get their qb in the draft and they get a proven Suh-like disruptor on the d-line for their 2nd rounder, a much better value than what else is probably available at that pick.

    • andrew says:

      there is something to that Canty trade that seems too good to be true. in fact, Canty and a 2011 second round pick might do it instead of the cash.

      but the Eagles took a chance on McNabb within the division — perhaps the Redskins will feel the same way now toward the gmen.

  3. Jon says:

    To respond to cosmo, I agree that we also need to move Carter. He has been a great addition for the past few years, but he is not a fit at either DL or LB in a 3-4. If we could get a second day pick for him. I would be thrilled.