NFC East: Dana Stubblefield
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
In case you missed it, Los Angeles Times NFL columnist Sam Farmer recently came up with his "winners and losers" list in free agency. Only the Cowboys (actually Tony Romo and Jason Witten) and Redskins showed up. The Cowboys were winners and the Redskins were listed under the "wait and see" category.
"Now that the Dallas Cowboys have finally "eighty-sixed" No. 81 Terrell Owens, quarterback Romo and tight end Witten can breathe a little easier," writes Farmer. "Owens is sporadically spectacular, but his paranoid belief last season that Romo and Witten had a catalog of secret plays aimed at freezing him out did nothing for team chemistry. Romo shouldn't have to worry about forcing the ball to Owens just to keep him happy."
The Beast has often been called "sporadically spectacular," and I never know how to take that. Anyway, here's what Farmer said about the Redskins:
"Once again, the Redskins are taking the fantasy-football route, trying to spend, spend, spend their way to a Super Bowl. Maybe Albert Haynesworth will be worth the $41 million in guaranteed money Washington is paying him -- he had more than his share of suitors around the league -- but Redskins owner Dan Snyder has a less-than-sterling track record of locating quick fixes. Could this deal be Dana Stubblefield, Part Deux?"
Let Farmer know how you feel about his analysis. There's no one who likes interacting with readers as much as he does.
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.
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!