Oakland Raiders: Why a Trade for Albert Haynesworth Won’t Happen

Albert Haynesworth recently requested that the Washington Redskins trade him immediately.

This comes months after the Redskins announced they would move to a 3-4 defensive alignment next season.

Albert prefers to play as a 4-3 defensive tackle instead of the 3-4 nose tackle.

Rumors have surfaced indicating the Raiders might be interested in Albert. Oakland has been pegged as one of the likely landing spots for the disgruntled tackle.

While I would like to see Haynesworth on the roster (especially since it would likely be for only a 4th round selection), I just don't see the Raider pursuing him.

Here's why.


The Raiders will play a hybrid defense

The Raiders will execute a 4-3 defense this year, but there will be a lot of 3-4 looks. 

Albert despises playing in the 3-4, which is why he wants out of Washington.

While the Raiders will be in a 4-3 setting most of the time, that doesn't mean "Fat Albert" will be satisfied. It's obvious he wants to play strictly in a 4-3 setting.

The Raiders know this.


Oakland has its new "No Attitude" philosophy

Haynesworth has been described as a selfish player. And that's being nice.

The Raiders have gotten rid of headaches in the past and avoided signing or trading for players that think it's all about them. I just don't see Oakland bringing in Albert if he's not going to be a team player.

Haynesworth's teammates have made a slew of comments about his attitude.

Defensive end Phillip Daniels: "I think I speak for every guy on this team. We all feel like he turned his back on us."

Center Casey Rabach: "It's getting to be selfish. He's hurting the team. It doesn't sit well with the players... You can't really count on him right now."

Article Source: Bleacher Report - Oakland Raiders