GIANTS CONSIDERED ALBERT HAYNESWORTH PRIOR TO SIGNING SHAUN ROGERS
"Mere hours prior to the start of the NFL Draft on Thursday night, the New York
Giants announced the signing of veteran defensive tackle Shaun Rogers. The news of
his addition seemingly came out of left field, and buried amidst the hoopla and
preparation for the draft was word that the team also looked into free agent Albert Haynesworth.
Haynesworth is a name that seemingly hangs around the Giants every time he's
a free agent dating back to 2009 when the team reportedly offered him an $80
million contract. Of course, he instead opted to sign with the Washington
Redskins, who gave him a seven-year deal worth $100 million. In 2011, he was
traded to the New England Patriots, subsequently released a few months later and
then finished the season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Once a Pro Bowl and All-Pro player, Haynesworth's career has recently been in
a downward spiral. He was unable to get along with coaches in Washington and was
suspended by the team, which eventually led to him being traded. Then, in New
England, he got into a face-to-face confrontation with assistant Pepper Johnson
leading to his release.
In addition to his issues in Washington and New England, Haynesworth has been
involved with several questionable and violent on-field actions, including the
stomping incident of Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode in 2006. He's also been
in the spotlight for several legal issues away from the field, including
allegations of assault and an automobile accident that left one person
Whether or not Big Blue's interest fades with the addition of Rogers remains
to be seen, but either way, Haynesworth is a risk not worth taking at any