Pondering a Haynesworth move -- again

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Greetings from the Detroit metro area. I'm set up a few minutes down the road from the Lions' practice facility and will be heading there soon for the start of the 2010 NFL draft. That is, if I can bring myself to go inside. It's a beautiful day in Detroit and the trees outside my window are literally in full bloom.

Over the next few hours, we're going to want to pay close attention to what Washington does with defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. ESPN's John Clayton reported Thursday that Haynesworth remains in play as the centerpiece of a possible pre-draft trade. It's probably now or never.

We've discussed the possibility of the Lions making this trade, but I'm wondering if the Redskins would be reluctant to deal with the Lions. Reports have suggested the Redskins want to draft a left tackle at No. 4 overall. If they send Haynesworth to Detroit, the Lions might take the left tackle Washington is targeting with their No. 2 overall pick. The Redskins would be cutting off their nose to spite their face, or something like that.

Meanwhile, another NFC North team has reportedly emerged as a stealth suitor for Haynesworth. Minnesota has had some discussions about making the trade, but I wonder if they are serving more as a tool for the Redskins to increase their leverage with other teams who might be interested. Stay tuned.