New St. Louis Rams’ Head Coach Jeff Fisher is known as a coach that likes his type of guys in a locker room. That is why the team signed Cortland Finnegan (a player of Fisher’s with the Tennessee Titans) in free agency and that is why many believe that much maligned defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth could be next.
Many bridges have been burned by Haynesworth during his NFL career in a very brief period of time. The Washington Redskins inked him to a monster $100 million deal in 2009 believing that he could help solve their interior defensive woes. After many blow ups with the coaching staff and a lack of work ethic, the Skins dealt him to the New England Patriots for a fifth round draft choice in 2011. Similar issues arose with the Pats which led to his release and signing off of waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year. He failed to stick in Tampa either which brings us to his current status as an unrestricted free agent.
Three years ago many saw Haynesworth as one of the most dominant defensive players in the NFL. His contract year in Tennessee saw him compile outstanding numbers for a defensive tackle with 51 total tackles and 8.5 sacks. That disruptive play all happened under coach Fisher who may feel that he could again elicit some of that old Albert again in a Rams uniform.
Soon to be 31 years old, Haynesworth comes with plenty of baggage and might be too risky of a player to insert into a young Rams locker room that added Michael Brockers at the same position in the first round of the NFL Draft in April and signed Kendall Langford to a deal in free agency as well. On his best behavior though and under Fisher’s wing, Haynesworth could provide the Rams’ defense with that veteran component they are missing.
It’s easy to connect the dots and say that Haynesworth to the Rams makes too much sense not to happen with the obvious connection to Fisher, but it remains to be seen if the Rams’ organization wants to bring on a player of that type. Don’t be surprised however if somehow, some way, Haynesworth ends up reunited with Fisher in 2012.
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