$100M for Haynesworth Opens NFL Free Agency

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2009 3:35 PM CST
Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth got a record $41 million in guaranteed money in his new contract with the Washington Redskins.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The NFL free agency period began at midnight, and the Redskins quickly got down to business, agreeing to a 7-year, $100 million deal with defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, the Washington Post reports. The former Tennessee Titan's contract includes an NFL-record $41 million in guaranteed money, the AP adds. He joins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who re-signed with the 'Skins for  $54 million over 6 years.

In another high-profile transaction, the Vikings finally pried quarterback Sage Rosenfels loose from the Houston Texans, reportedly for an undisclosed draft pick. When they couldn't make a deal last year, Minnesota brought in Gus Frerotte, who was cut today. And the Browns dealt tight end Kellen Winslow to Tampa Bay. The onetime University of Miami star was plagued with medical and disciplinary problems in Cleveland but made the Pro Bowl in 2007.