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Friday, February 27, 2009
Haynesworth questions mercifully cease

By Mike Sando

Posted by'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?