Albert Haynesworth last played in an NFL game in 2011 but his stench lingers. The man Dan Snyder signed to a seven-year, $100 million contract in 2009 -- including $33 million in the first 13 months and $41 million guaranteed -- played in just 20 games for the Redskinsover two seasons, before he was eventually traded to the Patriots for a fifth-round pick.
That's some return on investment.
It's been more than two years since Haynesworth was shipped out of DC but his contract remains worse than the six-year, $111 million deal Gilbert Arenas signed with the Wizards in 2008 -- at least according to ESPN 980 radio host Chris Cooley, who also was a tight end with the Redskins when Haynesworth passed through town.
“NO QUESTION, the Haynesworth contract (was worse),” Cooley said, via the Washington Post. “Because he was TRYING to get released by the team. His goal was to come here, make a large signing bonus, and then get released and not have to do any of the work. He didn't care about the back end of that contract, he didn't care about making all of that money. His idea was, you paid me for what I did in the past, and my goal is to be released as soon as possible and basically take $33 million from you for absolutely nothing.”
Mission accomplished, Albert.
Cooley was asked again if that truly was Haynesworth's plan.
“Yes,” he insisted. “His goal from the get-go was to take that money. He also indicated to many players on the team that his new goal was to get released as soon as possible, sign another maybe $10, 12 million contract -- that's verbatim -- go somewhere, play for a year and probably get released, and keep that money too. I mean, if it was a player on this team currently, I would not discuss this on the air. But being the player that he was, and the guy that he was around here, this was open [knowledge] among many players in this locker room: that his goal was basically to take money.
“And it's really unfortunate when that happens. I guess ... his excuse for it, was well, the leagues steal from all you guys, the leagues won't pay you YOUR salaries, they won't give you YOUR money, so I'm gonna get what's right from them.”
So did coach Mike Shanahan know about Hayneworth's one-man Ponzi scheme?
“I don't know if that was explained to Mike, but that's obvious to a coach,” Cooley said. “That's obvious when you're around a player, that they're not trying to play for your team…It doesn't matter what you got [in exchange for Haynesworth]. They would have released him if they wouldn't have got anything for him. It wasn't about getting a pick out of him. It was about a terrible decision to bring in an awful human being into an organization that he's not going to participate in. You should know that. You should be aware of that.”
This might be our favorite Haynesworth moment from his forgettable Redskins career.
So, yeah, $41 million well spent.