It makes sense because Denver’s greatest need is at defensive tackle. Lombardi didn’t expand upon why the Redskins sent Haynesworth to New England rather than Denver. It could have been money issues for Denver.
I’m sure Haynesworth is pleased with the way it worked out. He will likely give it his all in New England because it is a winning program. He likely would have had difficulty getting motivated going to a rebuilding team, so Denver might have saved itself some headaches.
Haynesworth is the second big fish Denver almost traded for at the position this offseason. The Broncos considered trading up for a falling Nick Fairley during the draft, but it would have basically cost the Broncos their entire remaining draft selections, meaning the Broncos (who think they got five starters in the draft) would have only gotten linebacker Von Miller and Fairley in the draft.