Titans lose Haynesworth, keep Collins

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Well, that didn’t take very long, did it?

Hail to the Redskins.

A few hours after the free agency signing period began, Albert Haynesworth agreed to a $100 million contract with Washington.

The former Titan is financially secure for life after signing a contract that includes $41 million in guaranteed money.

I’m happy Titans management stuck to its fiscally-conservative philosophy, but you can’t help but wonder what Haynesworth’s absence means for the Titans defense and the team’s overall prospects in 2009.

One thing is certain. Haynesworth was dominant over the past two years and will be missed by fans and players alike. Here is linebacker Stephen Tulloch’s assessment:

“You lose Albert Haynesworth and it is tough, man,” Tulloch said. “Everybody can say ‘We can replace Albert Haynesworth and it’s going to be the same and yada, yada, yada. But they’re lying, you’re lying to yourself. How do you replace a guy like that? He demanded a double team every play, he’s a monster in the middle.’’

The outlook for the Titans would have been worse if the team hadn’t resigned Kerry Collins.

Collins agreed to a two-year, $15 million dollar contract. He gives stability to the Titans offense, and helps Vince Young in more ways than one.

If Collins starts in 2009, and the Titans struggle without Haynesworth, disgruntled fans can’t blame Vince.

Also, Collins’ presence gives Young the level of competition necessary to improve as a quarterback, fight for a starting job, and take over if Collins plays poorly or is injured.

The offense should be fine if Collins can maintain his 2008 level of play. I’m not so sure about the defense.


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