Albert Haynesworth and the 5 Biggest Cancers on the Trading Block

Chuck StanecContributor IIIMay 19, 2011

Albert Haynesworth and the 5 Biggest Cancers on the Trading Block

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    GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth #92 of the Washington Redskins battles for position with Alan Faneca #66 of the Arizona Cardinals during preseason NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Glen
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    How do you move 350 pounds that is burning a $100 million hole in your pocket?

    As fast as you can.

    For that reason—well, and for many others—Albert Haynesworth tops the list of the five biggest cancers on the trading block.

    Why? You ask. Like I said, for many reasons that I'll cover later. For now, let's accept the fact he's not the only player on the block that comes with the "I may completely destroy your season and any positive momentum your team created before my ass got here" red flag.

    Fear not, even though Albert is a huge guy, he's got four partners in crime on this one (meaning he's not big enough to fill all five spots – but close). Most are obvious, one is definitely not.

Steve Smith

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    SEATTLE - DECEMBER 05:  Wide receiver Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers looks on during warmups prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on December 5, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won, 31-14. (Photo by Otto Greule
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    Cleaned out his locker and he is ready to go. The issue with a guy like Steve Smith is that he is very vocal, and angrily so.

    Recall a Carolina Panthers game from two seasons ago where he was captured telling Jake Delhomme that he didn't really like him anyway. The story made big sports news. Perhaps Smith is just a guy who likes to joke or pull the preverbal leg of another. Maybe he isn't.

    Maybe Smith is the type of guy that will demand a trade because he's so unhappy with the direction of the franchise. Well, that one is actually true.

    Smith wants out, he's made it clear. So what happens when the team he goes to starts losing? My guess is another team's train going off the rails.

Chad Ochocinco

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    CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 21:  Chad Ochocinco #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals watches the final minute of the Bengals 49-31 loss to the Buffalo Bills at Paul Brown Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    He has long been a nightmare in Cincinnati. He has not been the consummate teammate. What's not to love?

    When Chad is winning football games and his team has it going, he really is something to watch on the field. Unfortunately, it has been up and down in Southern Ohio. His production has been down and he's had no problem voicing his disgust with his team.

    When the Bengals are losing, Chad tends to disappear in the game, but not elsewhere on TV. While "Mr. Reality Show" is busy keeping himself on during prime time, his lack of focus on the field is noticeable.

    Once, he was a player feared because no corner could cover him. Now, he's a guy no defense pays attention to. He's the type of player who will complain constantly when his team is losing and he's the type to complain when his team is winning and it's not because of him.

Vince Young

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 18:  Quarterback Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans grimaces in pain during the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game at EverBank Field on October 18, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by J. Me
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    From suicide scares to assaulting a strip club employee in Dallas, Young has had no problems creating dirty laundry for himself. He even considered retiring because, for lack of a better phrase, he lost his love of the game.

    VY hasn't proven to be a bad player, but a bad teammate, possibly. His off the field issues will precede him no matter where he goes.

    Is there a franchise out there willing to take a chance on the six year pro? Very likely. Will he eventually destroy moral within that organization? Also, very likely.

Rashard Mendenhall

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    ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers tries to avoid the tackle of Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers during the third quarter of Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.
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    Do not be shocked if Mendenhall finds his way out of the 'burgh this offseason.

    The Steelers always have, and probably always will, put the integrity of the franchise ahead of any player or person. Santonio Holmes worked his way out of Pittsburgh and Ben Roethlisberger nearly did the same. Mendenhall's future may turn out much like the former.

    Rashard has failed to take ownership of and learn the playbook in his career, earning himself a spot on the pine during the 2009 season. That alone comes as a red flag, but when you start siding with conspiracy theorists and terrorist in regard to the tragedies of September 11th, my friend, you should thank your lucky stars anyone takes a chance on you after.

    Piece his absurd tweets with the fact that Mr. Rooney is President Obama’s Ambassador to Ireland, and you can easily see why his days are numbered and why Pittsburgh will be willing to ship out of the Three Rivers City.

Albert Haynesworth

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    GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth #92 of the Washington Redskins stands on the sidelines during preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona
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    He's apathetic. Lazy. Overweight. He allegedly fondled a waitress while paying for his tab at a restaurant by dropping his card down her shirt and grabbing her chest. I never thought I'd ever hear anything like that.

    Plug in any negative adjectives you would like, and they probably fit well for Haynesworth.

    He has tremendous upside – 16 tackles, 2.5 sacks in eight games last season, completely unmotivated in a defense he didn't want to play in. He didn't care, was often seen standing on the sideline staring off into space while his Redskins defense was huddled on the sideline.

    While Albert could possibly return to the difference maker he was while in Tennessee – by the way, he stomped another man's face while his helmet was off – nothing shows me that he will. The 'Skins can't cut him because they'll be on the hook for years for his ridiculous salary.

    If someone can turn him into the player he once was, then that team will get a fantastic player. I feel that's a huge long shot. What I see being more the case is the play from last season where he was pancaked and took forever to get back to his feet as the action cruised right by him.