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Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Daily mailbag: Haynesworth vs. Suh

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Gary of Cocoa, Fla., is one of many Detroit fans asking about the possibility of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth re-joining Lions coach Jim Schwartz via trade:
Is this for real or just another rumor? I personally think the Lions should stick with Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska.

Here's what we know with relative certainty. The Redskins tried to trade Haynesworth last month but have since paid him a $21 million roster bonus. He has guaranteed salaries of $3.6 million this season and $5.4 million in 2011, and would be playing out of position as a 3-4 nose tackle in Washington's new defensive scheme.

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During Tuesday's SportsNation chat, I suggested Haynesworth's contract made him largely untradeable. The Redskins would either have to eat that $21 million or convince the acquiring team to pay part of it in the exchange.

Positioned at No. 2 overall in the draft, the Lions already are on the hook to pay an elite contract. So I have a hard time believing they would be willing to pay part of Haynesworth's roster bonus while also giving the No. 2 pick upwards of $30 million guaranteed. Stranger things have happened, but that doesn't make financial sense even in an uncapped year. I know it could leave them with a Pro Bowl defensive tackle (Haynesworth) AND a top-flight left tackle (Oklahoma State's Russell Okung), but that's just an enormous amount of money to pay for any NFL team.

This debate could all be a moot point. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Redskins aren't shopping Haynesworth any longer. But even if they change their minds, I'm not sure I make the deal.

It's true that Haynesworth was a dominant playmaker under Schwartz for part of his time in Tennessee. But would you take a 28-year-old Haynesworth or a 23-year-old Suh? I'm leaning toward the latter. How about you?