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Friday, February 27, 2009
Redskins know how to ignore history

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Much like an elite cornerback, the Washington Redskins have a short memory when it comes to free agency. They've swung (and missed) mightily over the years, but they keep swinging for the fences.

The $41 million in guaranteed money for defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, though, is staggering even by the Redskins' standards. When you throw in the $22.5 million guaranty to cornerback DeAngelo Hall, the club has truly outdone itself. Perhaps they grew tired of watching the Raiders outspend them the past two years and wanted to regain the title.

Anyway, this seems like as good a time as any to remind you of some of the defensive players the Redskins have "landed" over the years. Our trip down memory lane needs to begin with defensive end Bruce Smith and Deion Sanders. Smith will soon be inducted into the Hall of Fame and Sanders won't be far behind him. But they didn't do any resume-building with the Redskins.

That leaves us with Adam Archuleta, Jeremiah Trotter, Jesse Armstead, Dana Stubblefield and Mark Carrier. I know Smoot's been a decent player, but he hasn't justified the big bucks.

And on the flip side, it's important to mention that the Redskins let linebacker Antonio Pierce walk out the door. The man then helped lead the Giants to a Super Bowl victory while becoming the defensive unit's emotional leader.

But really, I think the Haynesworth deal's going to work out OK. Honest!