Should the New Orleans Saints make a play for Albert Haynesworth?

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December 11, 2011; Jacksonville FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (95) before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Jacksonville EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they had released defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth it wasn’t very surprising.  What will be surprising is what move, if any, the New Orleans Saints would make in signing him.

If the thought hasn’t crossed the minds of countless Who Dat Nation members, then it’s shocking.  I know deep down there are at least a small group that are hoping the Saints will kick the tires on Haynesworth.

Now if it would have been around five years ago, the thought could have been entertained.  Yet it’s not, so there is probably little hope it happens.

Not saying Haynesworth doesn’t have the talent, the fact is it seems he decides when to turn it on.  Once the Ndamukong Suh of his generation, Haynesworth is simply becoming a roster spot and salary cap space.

Haynesworth is also becoming a legal liability to teams since 2006 ranging from traffic incidents to civil suits.  He is not the face of the franchise that one would expect.

The Saints are big on “character guys” who are unselfish and execute the gameplan that they are given.  This is something that Haynesworth has had a problem with for the past several years.

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  • euphoni

    Terrible idea.

  • euphoni

    Terrible idea!

  • Keith Null

    @euphoni It may not be so terrible if the Saints can get him on the cheap. Haynesworth could thrive in Spagnuolo’s defense and a pass rush defensive tackle — he clearly was not a fit in Washinston’s 3-4 scheme as a nose tackle. Two of the Saints DT’s — Aubrayo Franklin and Shaun Rogers — could be on their way out. In Franklin’s case there will be strong consideration from 3-4 teams in free agency, and as far as Rogers is concerned the Saints are not going to pay him 3.5M to 4.5M to play for them again. Not after last season. If New Orleans loses both I can seem them making a play for Haynesworth at the right price.