Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was arrested on Wednesday for simple assault after an incident with road rage in Virginia, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
I had highlighted the possibility of the Eagles acquiring Haynesworth, who will likely not be with the Redskins next season after multiple on-the-field issues, as well as public feuding with head coach Mike Shanahan.
Signing Hayneworth would make a tremendous improvement on the Eagles’ defensive line, which struggled last season. Haynesworth would be plugged into a rotation which includes Mike Patterson, Antonio Dixon, Brodrick Bunkley, and Trevor Laws.
He would also be working with his former coach, Jim Washburn, who was signed to improve the Eagles’ defensive line after the team fired Rory Segrest.
Haynesworth would have been a risk anyway, due to his attitude and his desire to play only when he feels like it. He’s also been involved in some fights, notably with Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode. I thought the Eagles might sign him anyway, hoping to fix his troubles.
But I don’t think Andy Reid will be interested in a player who has now been arrested. Then again, the team did sign quarterback Michael Vick, who spent 23 months in prison on dog fighting charges.
I would estimate the chances of the Eagles signing Haynesworth have dropped from 20 percent to 5 percent.
And it’s unfortunate because Albert Haynesworth is a dominant player and could have made a major impact with the Eagles.