Just hours after completing a deal to send Donovan McNabb to the Vikings, the Redskins shipped Albert Haynesworth to the New England Patriots. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Redskins will get a fifth-round pick in 2013 in exchange for Haynesworth.
A few days ago a report quoted a Redskins team source saying that they would trade Haynesworth for “a ham sandwich.” A fifth-round pick two drafts from now is the NFL equivalent of a ham sandwich.
Haynesworth might regain his old All-Pro form under Bill Belichick, who has taken reclamation projects like Randy Moss and Corey Dillon and has been able to get some good production out of them.
But it really doesn’t matter. Haynesworth was not going to succeed on this team in this system under this coach. They had to cut their substantial losses—they paid him $41 million for 20 games, 6.5 sacks, and 43 tackles—and move on.
It’s the same with the second- and fourth-round picks the Redskins invested in McNabb. The cost is sunk.
On the field and in the short term, the Redskins may be worse off without McNabb and Haynesworth, who are two talented football players. In every other way, the Redskins have done some serious addition by subtraction.