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Friday, February 27, 2009
Haynesworth questions mercifully cease

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

We can now say definitively what I've been telling hopeful NFC West fans for weeks: Your team probably wasn't going to make a play for Albert Haynesworth.

The Redskins signed Hayesworth to a deal that makes it virtually impossible for the defensive tackle to exceed expectations. Haynesworth will be looking to do what nine of the highest-paid defensive tackles failed to do last season: win a playoff game.

Most of the highest-paid defensive tackles signed new or renegotiated contracts over the last two offseasons. The nine leaders in average annual salary:

Haynesworth was very difficult to contain while playing for a new contract. Will he prove as dominant over the long haul without short-term incentive? Will NFC West teams regret diving into the Haynesworth sweepstakes?