Commentary

Was Haynesworth a wise investment?

Originally Published: March 2, 2009
By Bill Barnwell | Football Outsiders
Sean Gilbert. Bruce Smith. Dana Stubblefield. Deion Sanders. Adam Archuleta. A list of names that makes every Redskins fan shudder.

The attempts of the Washington Redskins to add elite (or at least high-priced, in the case of Archuleta) defensive talents to their roster over the past 15 years have ended in misery and infamy. Those five players combined for 20 Pro Bowl appearances before they played for Washington, but failed to earn a trip to Honolulu after signing on the dotted line with the Redskins.

Such an inglorious past did not deter owner Daniel Snyder from going after the creme of this year's free agent crop, though. After committing $41 million in guaranteed money to former Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, the Redskins' front office and their fans are left hoping that Haynesworth's the exception to a brutal history of disappointment.

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Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) is a staff writer for Grantland.