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There's little question that the strength of the Lions' defense — and really, the team — last season was the defensive line. The trade for DT Corey Williams was an unquestioned winner. DT Ndamukong Suh was a star from the minute he hit the field. DE Cliff Avril had a bounce-back season. And DE Kyle Vanden Bosch offered glue, guts and leadership before he went down with injury.
But there are some who believe the Lions could seek to make this area potentially even better. There have been reports that the Lions could kick the Redskins' tires to see what it might take to acquire Albert Haynesworth. Head coach Jim Schwartz and defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham both coached Haynesworth in Tennessee when the defensive tackle had his best seasons as one of the three or four most dominant interior forces in the game. He now has made himself persona non grata in Washington, and the Redskins could trade Haynesworth for pennies on the dollar.
Pro Football Weekly spoke to Suh this week, and the Pro Football Weekly/PFWA Rookie of the Year said he would welcome Haynesworth to the Lions.
"I definitely like the group the way it is, but if we were able to have the opportunity and it was my decision to allow Albert Haynesworth to join our team, I would love for him to be able to join our group," Suh told PFW. "He's been in this exact scheme, he's been with Coach Schwartz, been with Gunther Cunningham, been with Kyle Vanden Bosch. I think it would be a great addition."
Suh said he would love to pick Haynesworth's brain about technique.
"He's the one guy that when I was in college I watched closely my last two years," Suh said. "I tried to steal some things from his game and understand how he was beating players. Being able to have a guy like that at our own disposal, it would be great to be able to work with him and be able to talk to him about football."
As for Haynesworth's reported selfishness, Suh says he's not concerned.
"I think he's one of those guys who would want to come in and fit in and help this group produce even more," he said.