Everyone reading this blog has thought about it, quickly dismissing it as completely unrealistic, distasteful, a risk of epic proportion that the Broncos' brain trust would never make:A TRADE OF DENVERS' #2 TOTHE REDSKINS for their pick (#10) and ALBERT HAYNESWORTH.
If, as "rumored" (first rumored on this site?) the Broncos' have "entered into negotiations" to trade picks with Washington, this would be a realistic possibility. Shanahan really has nothing else to offer for that much of a trade-up. He is not in a position politically to trade the rest if his draft for that kind of move, and obvioiusly, Fat Albert won't play for him and wants to move to a team that plays a 4-3.
Why would the Broncos ever want to trade for an aging, overweight, out-of-shape locker room cancer? The simple answer: when he wants to play, even last year with all of his problems, he can dominate a game from the tackle position. More than anyone that the Broncos are looking at in the draft. Possibly more dominant than anyone else in the league. He really is that good, and a trade would free up another pick for use on the depleted defense.
There is a reason the Redskins gave up so much to get Hayneswoth. Many of us saw a series last year when on consecutive plays he threw a double-team into the backfield, squashed the quarterback and running back, and ended a scoring drive. When he was in and not being the petulant child, he could completely clog the middle, almost single-handedly. The optimist in me drools at the thought of that kind of interior dominance lined up next to Doom and whatever complementary tackle and end can be found in the draft. However, thoughts of his bad attitude and laziness quickly pours a cold bucket of reality on that warm fantasy.
A risk? A HUGE risk. A possibility? For Shanahan to play in this high stakes game, what other card would he have? Fox may have the kind of scheme and be the kind of coach to which Haynesworth would respond well. Before the lockout, Fox claimed to have found his "Julius Peppers". Is the triumvirate's ego big enough to believe that they can perform the ultimate player-attitude turn-around? Do they have the cajones to go "all in"?
BTW, I am a former judge with some labor law background. While I have not seen the evidence presented, I would bet that the players have shown that "irreparable harm" would occur if they are not granted the injunction, and the judge will enter an order temporarily re-instating the terms of the previous labor agreement until the underlying matters can be heard. The order will issue prior to the draft (this week) and the lockout will end - for now. Trades will occur.