A move the Detroit Lions need to make


There are multiple reasons to be excited when looking ahead to the 2011 season for the Detroit Lions.  There is a massive hurdle that might prevent the playing of the season and that is the potential lockout of the players by the owners.  The union and the owners need to get together and get this thing figured out.

There is also the 2011 NFL draft, usually the Super Bowl for the Detroit Lions.  Optimism and excitement are plenty for us Lions fans during the draft.  There is, of course, more to be excited about because Matt Millen is no longer selecting players for this team.  There is free agency which will be very different this year with the uncertainty of the CBA.  Some players don’t know whether they will be free agents or not.  As time passes, the idea of free agency is going to get more complicated.

 It is only January but there is one move that the Lions could (and should) make as soon as possible.  The 2010 edition of the Detroit Lions was interesting in multiple ways.  The defensive line was dominant and the Lions need it to stay there heading into 2011.  There has to be concern over the neck injury suffered by Kyle Vanden Bosch.  The Lions need to preempt a potential problem and bring in a player that will help the defensive line stay dominant.

With that being said, it is my opinion that Albert Hanyesworth would be the perfect addition to the Detroit Lions at this point.  His contract terms are effectively for 3 more years and for a total of 16 million dollars.  That’s a very inexpensive price tag for a player who has the potential to be dominant.  His price tag should be no more than a 3rd round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Haynesworth can obviously play inside but he can play a little defensive end also.  He would make the interior defensive line rotation much better than it was this year and he would take pressure off of Ndamukong Suh and Corey Williams, both of whom will have an unreal amount of expectation heaped on them for next year. 

Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch would benefit also because the interior of the line, with the addition of Haynesworth, would command double teams more than they did this year.  The strengthening of the interior line would also make it easier to sign a big profile linebacker.  Who would not want to play behind that defensive line?  There also is the idea that the Lions goal line and short yardage defense would be the best in the business. 

All in all this move would be a smart move as the cost is so inexpensive that if any issues were to arise, the Lions could just cut Haynesworth and all they would be out is a middle of the road draft pick.  The benefit of such a move could be very significant as demonstrated above and I believe it is a move that the Detroit Lions need to make now.

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Tags: 2011 NFL Draft 2011 Season Albert Haynesworth CBA Corey Williams Detroit Lions Kyle Vanden Bosch Lockout Matt Millen Ndamukong Suh Super Bowl

  • Jim Haught

    I strongly disagree with bringing in Haynesworth. He was a hugh headache with the Titans and they got rid of him. The he was a headache for the Redskins. He’ll be a problem where ever he goes. Get him out of the NFL. Detroit needs to draft a lineman they don’t need to waste a draft pick, money, or time with this kind of problem. With most of the first ten teams picking QBs,the top DEs and DTs will still be there at 13. Besides Detroit might think about a top Offensive tackle to help protect the QB

  • Andrew

    This is the WORST idea ever! Haynesworth would not be good for this teams chemistry. Why does everyone want to add to the dline? If anything…we could add something through free agency, but the big pieces the lions need are Secondary, linabacker, and OLINE! Its obvious…

  • http://sidelionreport.com/ Zac Snyder

    Suh and Williams were obviously a big part of the defense but I also really liked what Sammie Hill did in rotational duty. I would be surprised to see the Lions try to add Haynesworth but it may not be as much of a longshot as I would have guessed.

    I’d like to point out that Scott wrote this article BEFORE Tom Kowalski’s article got posted to mlive today that says this:

    “It won’t be a shock if they make a run at Albert Haynesworth because his days with the Redskins are numbered. Schwartz and coordinator Gunther Cunningham love Haynesworth and believe he could be an ideal fit.”

    http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2011/01/detroit_lions_position_by_posi.html

  • http://SideLionReport.com Ross Husson

    After seeing Haynesworth’s problems in Washington, I don’t think he would be worth it. I think we need to strenghten our offensive line and secondary first.

    • Scott Bischoff

      I agree that the Haynesworth we saw in Washington would be a problem, but I don’t think the Lions would take the risk unless they knew he would work out. It helps that Schwartz knows him so well. Plus the cost is minimal. I am not talking about ignoring the offensive line and the secondary at all. I am talking about an easy move that could lead to a huge upgrade with minimal risk – if he’s a problem just cut him. You have essentially lost a 3rd rounder. There is no 3rd rounder that will be available that has the ability to impact the game like Albert can (if he wants to). You are right, the OL is aging and the secondary needs help along with the linebacker postion. Address them all, but by no means should they consider that defensive line a finished product.

  • mike

    I think it would be a great move! who could you double team on the d-line? but best of all Haynesworth wouldn’t be playing for other Central teams

  • DETROIT AL

    ASOMUGHA would be a better addition instead of albert. C’mon man! The Lions defense do not need a cancer like Haynesworth. We shoulda picked up Julius Peppers when he was out there.

    • Scott Bischoff

      Peppers signed a 6 year $91.5 million dollar deal to play with Chicago in free agency before the 2010 season. The Lions had ZERO chance of getting him. Nhamdi would be great addition because if the priority if their need at cornerback. Those are high profile, big dollar moves though. The Haynesworth thing is not a big dollar move right now but could have quite a punch. They should pursue Nhamdi, he would improve their secondary immediately, but does he want to come here and do we have enough dollars to pay him. We will see.