Tag:Albert Haynesworth
Posted on: June 16, 2010 1:39 pm

Teammates call Haynesworth 'selfish'

Not surprisingly, Albert Haynesworth’s teammates aren’t particularly pleased that the $100 million man won’t be at training camp and that he's declared that he wants a trade.

“He decided to take our check and we’re very disappointed he wasn’t here today,” coach Mike Shanahan told reporters.

LB London Fletcher called his teammate “selfish,” and unlike the Patriots who declined to address the Logan Mankins contract dispute Tuesday, the Redskins on Wednesday didn’t have a problem teeing off on Haynesworth – who signed his $100 million contract, which included a $41 million guarantee, last season.

“What he's decided to do is make a decision based all about him,” Fletcher told reporters. “It's no different than his attitude and his approach to last year's defense, about wanting everything to revolve around him and him making plays. And if it didn't benefit him, he wasn't really willing to do it."

Said C Casey Rabach: “It doesn’t sit well with the players.”

In an interesting development, Shanahan told Haynesworth in February that he was free to find another place to work if that’s what he wanted and if he was willing to forget about the $21 million bonus he was due .

The Redskins also have continued to claim they haven’t been trying to trade Haynesworth.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 8:36 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2010 9:25 pm

Haynesworth wants out of Washington

It seems like a $100 million in guaranteed money is not enough motivation for Redskins DL Albert Haynesworth to play nose tackle.

According to Jason Reid of the Washington Post , Haynesworth will sit out this week’s Redskins mini-camp and will ask to be traded.

“The Redskins are trying to establish a new regime with new schemes at Redskins Park, and it is not an organization that Albert would have ever been attracted to just a short year ago - regardless of the money," agent Chad Speck told Reid in a phone interview Tuesday night. "He has made it clear to me that he does not want to play for the Washington Redskins. … It's probably in everyone's best interests for the Redskins to make a deal and trade Albert."

 In the Redskins new 3-4 defensive scheme under head coach Mike Shanahan, Haynesworth probably would have to anchor the middle of the defensive line. He also skipped all of Washington’s voluntary workouts this offseason.

Haynesworth – a 6-foot-6, 350-pounder – has said in the past that he wasn’t interested in playing nose tackle because he doesn’t think he has the right body type for it.

"You look at all the nose tackles in the NFL, they're all the same type guys,” Haynesworth said on Sirius NFL Radio in March. “Most of those guys are short, stubbier, pretty much stump-type guys.”

Thing is, Haynesworth is right about that. And with $41 million of guaranteed money on the table, he must really be confident that he can’t play the position. Which leads us back to this quote he made when he initially signed his contract in March of 2009.

"You're not going to remember Albert Haynesworth as a bust," he said.

UPDATE (9:22 p.m. ET): Just to show that I'm not crazy for thinking Albert Haynesworth should be willing to play anywhere on the field for $100 million, here's what Arizona DT Darnell Dockett just tweeted: Did I just hear this correctly "Albert Haynesworth" will not be Mandatory minicamp? And he wants a trade, After signing 100millon dollar contract?

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 3:29 pm

Top 10 Most Overpaid Players in the NFL?

Foxsports ran an interesting piece today: the top 10 most overpaid players in football.

Here’s their list:

10. Brandon Jacobs, RB, NYG, $7.5M this season
9. Antonio Smith, DE, HOU, $15.5M since signing in ’09
8. Eli Manning, QB, NYG, $35 million guaranteed, $15.27M per year ’09-’15
7. Julius Peppers, DE, CHI, $20M this season
6. Antonio Bryant, WR, CIN, $9M with Bucs in ’09; $7M in ’10
5. Matt Cassel, QB, KC, $15M in ’10
4. Vernon Carey, RT, MIA, $15M in ’09
3. Jay Cutler, QB, CHI, $15M per year
2. Roy Williams, WR, DAL, $13.6M in ’09
1. Albert Haynesworth, DL, WAS, $41M guaranteed

Overall, this is a good list. Including Jacobs might be faulty, given that his power is key to New York’s run-based offense. Manning signed his contract shortly after winning the Super Bowl – nobody raised any objection then.

The Cassel deal could haunt Scott Pioli for a long time. The fact that Carey made nearly $1 million per game last season is shocking. He’s a solid but unspectacular right tackle.

Roy Williams has cost the Cowboys money and draft picks, but it’s the Cowboys’ fault for not realizing that his north/south style of play was ill-fit for Jason Garrett’s catch-and-run offense.

The Redskins are getting what they deserve with Haynesworth. The man is a superstar, but only when he smells new money. Throughout his entire career, Haynesworth has griped and underachieved in every non-contract year. This isn’t to say he’s a bum. No matter what, Haynesworth attracts double teams, which will always make him more valuable than his stats indicate. But $41 million guaranteed? Ouch.

--Andy Benoit

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