WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth says his biggest job with the Washington Redskins is to prove he is worth the $100 million, seven-year contract he signed.
The 6-foot-6 inch, 320-pounder left the Tennessee Titans and became the NFL's highest paid defensive lineman, with a league-record $41 million guaranteed.
Haynesworth, 27, a noted run-stopper, joins a defense that produced just 24 sacks in 16 games last season.
"I'm a disruptive player, I take on the double team and free up other guys," he said at an afternoon press conference. "I want to make plays and other guys to make plays off of me. It's gonna be fun, and I think we're gonna win a lot of games."
The two-time Pro Bowl selection has made 24 sacks in his career, including 8 1/2 last season.
Also Friday at the start of the NFL's free agent signing period, Washington retained cornerback DeAngelo Hall with a six-year, $55 million contract, and released cornerback Shawn Springs.