Some things don't change. The Redskins are almost always the first team to sign a big-name free agent in February/March. They did it again in the early morning hours today, signing elite defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth to a staggering seven-year, $100 million contract.
Tennessee used its franchise tag to keep tight end Bo Scaife instead of Haynesworth, and it didn't take long for him to defect. NFL Network reported Haynesworth's contract could be worth as much as $115 million.
The Redskins also re-signed cornerback DeAngelo Hall to a six-year, $56 million contract that includes $22 million in guaranteed money, according to NFL Network.
Unlike many of the Redskins' previous high-profile signings, Haynesworth is not on the downside of his career. That alone makes this different.