Albert Haynesworth is the new “$100 Million Dollar Man”

That’s right folks, Fat Al sacked us like thieves in the night, taking the insane amounts of cash and the extra years that Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins had to offer. In total, the deal could reach almost $115 million dollars (including incentives) over the next seven years, with a whopping $41 million guaranteed (not to mention that $32 million of it is due in the first 13 months). In the end, Haynesworth took the money and left town, to the surprise of no one (at least not at Titan Sized). He’s been saying all along that he wanted to become the highest paid defensive player in football. It seems that desire was ultimately greater than returning to Tennessee to continue his legacy or to building on what has been started in Nashville over the past few seasons. Whatever his reasoning is, we fully expected this decision, so we have to first and foremost extend our best wishes and warmest regards to a man that has truly changed the way that the defensive tackle position is played. It’s gonna be weird seeing Big Al in anything but Titans blue or Vols orange (night terrors weird!), but at least he’s not going to be terrorizing his former team on a yearly basis. He’s the NFC’s problem now, and more importantly, the NFC East’s problem. Good luck Tony, Donovan and Eli. We look forward to watching you get eaten alive!

The silver lining in all of this is that it will leave the Titans a lot more flexibility to make moves this off-season. Hopefully they will rebound quickly and look to re-sign the guys they feel necessary (Chris Carr and/or Vincent Fuller would be a nice start) and making a splash or two in free agency (Nate Washington or Chris Canty maybe?). We shall see very soon Titans fans.

We’ll have more on this story over the next few days (tampering?!?) as more information comes out, as well as plenty of other free agency news, so stay tuned…

And for the record, this story and it’s headline were up before ESPN’s was. By no means did we break the story, or is the headline original in any way, but it didn’t come from the World Wide Leader in Sports. FYI. It’s 5:30 in the morning, so pardon the cranky.

What do you all think the Titans should do, now that the post-Haynesworth era in Tennessee has officially begun?

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  • KSay

    Hey guys… I think the Titans need to spend the money they freed up letting Albert go on a QB. I think we should trade Vince for as much as we can get, hopefully a 2nd round pick, and let Kerry go to the Jets. We will not win an AFC title with either of those guys, especially against QB’s like Manning, Rivers, Brady (or Cassel), and Big Ben. We also need to resign Carr and I like the free agent names you guys threw out there. Congrats again to Fat Al, you will be greatly missed. I see us going from number two in the league for points allowed to the bottom half. Any thoughts?

  • gnbishop

    well now that we know collins will be back, the titans will shift their focus to re-bolstering that line and the wr position. the collins deal was actually a really good one for the titans, so they should be in even better shape to pursue free agents than we may have thought.

    as far as the d regressing goes, i think that they’ll be just fine. no, they won’t be a top three unit next year, and no matter how good jason jones, tony brown or jacob ford are, they’re no albert. still, i think we have the best assistant coach in the nfl on our team, jim washburn, and he just so happens to coach the defensive line. he’s made pro-bowlers out of cast-offs like kyle vanden bosch (he was cut by the cardinals before we signed him) and been partially responsible for guys like antawn odom and travis laboy getting paid in free agency. not sure if that answers your question, but those are my thoughts. yes, we’re gonna really miss haynesworth, but i promise you, we’ll be ok.

    titan up!!!!

  • KSay

    How much was Kerry’s deal worth? I know it was two years but I haven’t found how much it was for.

    I agree with Jim Washburn being the best assistant coach in the league. That is an excellent point about what he’s done with those guys like K.V.B and Laboy. Don’t you think Tony Brown needs to grow up a little bit? I was at the Ravens playoff game and he seemed like he was more interested in dancing to the music during timeouts than preventing them from doing what they did.

    Looking at next year’s schedule what is your projection? I see us going 3-1 against the NFC West, 2-4 against the AFC South, and 0-2 against the AFC West. Any thoughts?

    titan up!!!

  • gnbishop

    if next year’s team is anywhere close to what we fielded last year, then i think the titans have a good shot at winning any of those games. the afc east has gotten better and with brady back, should be an interesting one to watch. i really don’t like our road schedule, with tough games against pittsburgh, new england and the jets, and long trips to play crappy teams in san francisco and seattle. we do get arizona and san diego here though, so let’s just hope those games are in november or december.

    at this early stage, i could see a 12-4, 11-5 record, which should be good enough to get into the playoffs.

    also, no way the titans go after crabtree. it would cost to much ($$$, draft picks) and we don’t need him. i’d feel bad for a guy like that in our offense. harrison may be closer to what we need, but i don’t know that he’s got a lot left in the tank.