Terry McCormick asked Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff about Haynesworth a while ago and got this:
We will continue to grow and get younger, not only in free agency and the draft, depending on what may be available. As for Albert Haynesworth, obviously he's a fantastic football player, but our aim is not to be major players in free agency. It's to get back to focusing on the draft. Last year, we made a lot of moves and a lot of commitment in free agency because we felt we had to kicking our season off and moving toward a rebuild. So this year, we've stepped back and we're really trying to analyze the draft and the availability of the draft.
Who will pursue Haynesworth?
There have been rumblings about Houston, but the Texans are not going to make a play for him.
People in the know in Denver say the Broncos are not likely to court him but I wonder if they still might.
Speculation is the Lions could make a push, but it's unclear how much of that simply comes from putting Haynesworth with new coach Jim Schwartz, who was coordinator in Tennessee. The two have a mutual respect for each other, but don't qualify as particularly tight.
An unknown team is likely to jump out from nowhere as so often happens early in free agency with the big names.
[UPDATE, 12:30 p.m.] Right now the popular thinking is that Tampa Bay will be in pursuit. But a couple of us just asked GM Mark Dominik about it and he was vague and took a long pause before responding:
I would say in our situation we're happy we just signed Ryan Sims back as a defensive tackle for us and he's going to have a good opportunity in camp.
Keep in mind someone with plans to chase Haynesworth starting next Friday isn't going to rush to say so here at the combine. Still, the comments from Dimitroff and Dominik were interesting.
Stayed tuned for a lot more on Haynesworth.