Chris Cooley Calls out Albert Haynesworth over Redskins Contract

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 22:  Albert Haynesworth #92 of the Washington Redskins watches the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Fed Ex Field on August 22, 2009 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Chris Cooley is still bitter about the massive contract the Washington Redskins gave to Albert Haynesworth back in 2009, and he didn't pull any punches in a recent radio appearance.

Haynesworth raked in a monster deal that year worth $100 million over seven years—$41 of which was guaranteed—to play for the Redskins after two big seasons with the Tennessee Titans pushed his stock to an all-time high.   

Appearing with Steve Czaban and Al Galdi on ESPN 980 in Washington, D.C., per the Washington Post's Dan Steinberg, Cooley was asked which contract was the worst between Haynesworth and Gilbert Arenas, who received a six-year, $111 million contract from the Washington Wizards back in 2008.

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He responded with an impassioned argument against his former teammate, as noted by Steinberg:

NO QUESTION, the Haynesworth contract. 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.

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. 

Cooley took his tirade a step further a bit later, calling Haynesworth an "awful human being."

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It's not surprising that Cooley feels as strongly about his former teammate as he's expressed here. Haynesworth single-handedly submarined Washington's roster by taking such a huge contract and then failing to live up to it. 

In his two seasons leading up to his enormous payday, Haynesworth tallied 73 solo tackles and 14.5 sacks, which made him a hot commodity on the free-agent market. 

In his two seasons with the Redskins, Haynesworth played in 20 games, logging just 42 solo tackles and 6.5 sacks. He famously bristled when Washington wanted him to change positions and play nose tackle, ultimately earning a swift exit from the franchise that paid so dearly for his services. 

The big defensive tackle was ultimately traded to the New England Patriots for a fifth-round pick before the 2011 season, but he didn't last the year. He was given one more chance that season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but Haynesworth couldn't make it there, either, and his career has since come to an end.

Cooley's feelings on Haynesworth's failure to live up to his contract aren't likely exclusive, but it was still shocking to hear the visceral comments from him regarding one of the biggest free-agent busts in NFL history. 


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