The guys over at NFL.com tried to put together a list of who they thought were the worst free agent signings of the last ten years, and about halfway through it started to get a little bit redundant. Only one of the six analysts didn't choose Albert Haynesworth, and that was only because he knew that's what everyone was going to pick so he picked something else. But even he said the worst free agency decision belonged to the Redskins (the entire 2005 class).â†µ
Pat Kirwan actually argues that Haynesworth's signing didn't just hurt the Redskins, it hurt potential free agents for years to come.
In my mind, the worst move of the last 10 years has to be the Redskins deciding to pay Albert Haynesworth, whose behavior and lack of effort set back free agency and ultimately scared many teams about dropping that kind of money ($100 million, with $41 million guaranteed) on a player. I wonder how many free agents looking for a big pay day won't see big money because of Haynesworth.â†µ
Yeah, that sounds about right.