One could say bombing with three teams should end the career of an NFL player but somehow Albert Haynesworth won't go away. With teams like the St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears in need of defensive tackles, could they place that phone call?
Bears likely to bring back Tommie Harris before they call Haynesworth
Even though Haynesworth had one of his best games against the Bears when he played with the Redskins in 2010, Chicago has continued to have little interest in him. It's an interesting situation not because the Bears are stubborn or wrong but because the fit is so obvious. Under head coach Lovie Smith, Chicago runs a 4-3 defense called the Tampa-2 that depends on athletic defensive tackles that can control the line of scrimmage. Though the team brought it a host of new talent via free agency, they also released veteran Anthony Adams and lost solid backup Amobi Okoye to Tampa Bay. This leaves them thin with only three players in place. Some would think a call to Haynesworth is logical, since Smith has a knack for getting the most out of veteran players. Instead the Chicago Bears seem to have greater interest in an old friend. Tommie Harris is also a free agent and while not as dynamic as he once was is a good option for depth since he can still rusher the passer and is only 29-years old. Given how much Chicago values a stable locker room, Harris makes far more sense than Haynesworth.
Jeff Fisher connection could ease pressure on Michael Brockers
Only one head coach ever got Albert Haynesworth to play like a Pro Bowl talent. After Jeff Fisher left the Tennessee Titans, the defensive tackle used their success together and signed a $100 million contract with Washington. Now Fisher is back after a year off and trying to turn the St. Louis Rams back into winners. After new defensive coÃ¶rdinator Gregg Williams got suspended for the Saints Bounty scandal, Fisher was left to try to rebuild the defense through the draft. It started with top draft pick Michael Brockers, a defensive tackle. The move didn't impress experts though Brockers was a top player at his position. Many fans believe the Rams were too conservative trying to gather more draft picks instead of talented players. With the team at a crossroads, Fisher could use players he knows and can rely on. That's why he signed cornerback Cortland Finnegan from the Titans and could go after Haynesworth too. Tennessee went 13-3 when Fisher and Albert were last together. The defensive tackle was All-Pro for the second year in a row. Could a reunion bring back that same magic?
Need and want get blurred quite a bit in free agency. The need of a team changes based on the want of a given player. The St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears need help at defensive tackle. Albert Haynesworth is available. The fact Tommie Harris and Michael Brockers have gotten more attention than him is a clear sign of their interest.