Official Word should be released later today pending a physical, or whatever else needs to happen for players to officially move forward. Hogs Haven is ready to officially move on as well.
This morning's Post gets the final word:
Jason La Canfora speaks more candidly on the subject in his Blog, though most of what he says is also mentioned in his Post article. We've taken a near 4M dead cap hit on a guy who would have only cost the team 2.4M in '07 to keep. That's a net loss of 1.6M that needs explaining. First, it was suggested that many in the organization viewed Archuleta as the source on a damningly critical Tom Friend article earlier in the year where much of our dirty laundry was aired. Second, something about a surgery?
How do we put this behind us? The 4M Archuleta will cost is off the books in '07, per the Post article. Although we're now down to three safeties, various sources are suggesting that Omar Stoutmire will be rejoining this Redskins defense. That development deserves its own post, so I won't waste words on it here.
Credit is due to John Mullin of the Chicago Tribune who called this development over a month ago. His take on the trade here. I repeatedly told John I didn't think the deal would go down if only because the 9M we'd have to pay to make it work was simply too much. He was right. I was wrong (for the right reasons! We didn't lose 9M).
If Archuleta is off the books in '07 the only thing we pay towards him now is the around 4M we owe him in guaranteed money that counts against this year's cap. After that, the team is done with Adam Archuleta. Overall value of The Highest Paid Safety Contract in NFL History: 5.595M. I don't say that nearly as defensively as that may sound; for over five and a half million dollars the Redskins got 7 starts, 60 tackles, 1 sack, 0 interceptions, 1 pass defensed. Not a bargain by any means, but a mistake I'm happy to put to bed.
A quick search of "Archuleta" on Hogs Haven reveals no fewer than 68 posts (!!!) many of them devoted exclusively to that subject. I'm moving on, though I encourage reader(s) to post their own concluding thoughts in the comments section or diaries. I wish him well in Chicago as he remained professional throughout his time in Washington (unless he was the source for that Tom Friend article).
One final stab at the team who picked him up, and Windy City Gridiron would be a great place to discuss the ramifications of this for both teams. Da Bears will pay Adam Archuleta at least as much as we paid him. Whether they get more value for him than we did is up to that team, though I can't imagine how they could get less. He is a liability in coverage.
Happy trails, Adam Archuleta.