Defensive Line

A defense that has struggled to generate a pass rush, finishing no higher than 16th in sacks in the past four seasons, including 28th last season and last in 2006, now has a line featuring the league's most dangerous interior lineman, a speed-rushing rookie with heaps of potential and a veteran presence who allows for plenty of flexibility. No move this offseason was more important than the addition of Haynesworth (right), the prize of this year's free agency pool whom the Redskins rewarded with a $100 million contract, the most lucrative ever for a defensive player. Haynesworth dominated the league last season, finishing with 8.5 sacks, and provides a push inside that should benefit every player on the line and immediately provide a true inside pass-rushing threat Washington has lacked. Joining him in the starting lineup are defensive ends Andre Carter and Phillip Daniels and tackle Cornelius Griffin, all veterans who have enjoyed standout seasons. Most intriguing will be the development of Orakpo, who will rush from end on passing downs and has drawn praise this summer. His speed on the outside could be a perfect complement to the power provided inside by the tackles.

Redskins DL Albert Haynesworth

(By John McDonnell -- The Washington Post)