Wanting Out of Washington: Albert Haynesworth Asks Redskins for Trade
I think you'll agree that it has been a long time coming for Albert Haynesworth, who on Tuesday made the expected decision to skip the Washington Redskins' minicamp and formally ask for a trade.
In an offseason that has seen some of the brightest stars show their true colors thus far, Albert Haynesworth now joins the likes of Chris Johnson, Darrelle Revis, and Marshawn Lynch, who have decided to cause a stir for their respective teams.
However, unlike Revis and Johnson, Haynesworth has decided to take his situation to the next level.
According to Albert's agent, Chad Speck, who told the media that Albert "has made it clear to me that he does not want to play for the Washington Redskins," everybody pretty much knows now that Albert is a very unhappy guy.
So why is it that Albert has suddenly had a rapid change of heart?
Well for the most part this has been a blossoming problem brewing over the offseason. In 2009, Haynesworth didn't have the greatest of years after only accumulating four sacks in a total of 12 games.
However, why is it that Haynesworth is ready to throw in the towel, after only one season in burgundy and yellow?
I guess realistically Albert is unhappy. He doesn't feel like he has any real future in Washington, and after serving eight trustworthy years in the NFL, he has earned the right to say when enough is enough.
But aside from Albert being overall unhappy, though, he has also more or less held a grudge against Washington. The new coaching staff has annoyed Albert, and their transition to the 3-4 defense has left him in a rather stubborn frame of mind.
"He is frustrated that he was not used last year the way he was promised he would be, and now the current organization is not one he would have ever considered a year ago," Speck said.
So where to now for Albert?
Unfortunately, no one truly knows. A few names are floating around, and it is possible that signing-happy Chicago may take a good look at Haynesworth. Other than the Bears, the possibilities for Albert are endless.
He is a well-respected defensive tackle in the league, and in a time that sees many defenses struggling, don't be surprised to see a bit of a bidding war occur in the upcoming weeks.
As for the Washington Redskins, they still seem to remain confident that Albert will return.
Washington General Manager Bruce Allen stated recently that "He'll be here, and we're expecting him to be in good shape."
For the most part, Albert should have no trouble finding a job. But perhaps his newfound unhappy ways may put a few teams off when considering him.
Is Albert due for a big 2010?
I'd say so, and if the right team comes along that meets his needs, then there is no reason for him not to excel this season.
However, when it comes to Washington, Albert has made it clear that he wants out. Trade him and keep the big man happy; you wouldn't like Albert when he is mad. And if Albert finds a comfortable home, he may finally settle down.
Ryan Cook is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also an NFL writer for Real Sports Net and a Green Bay Packers writer for Fan Huddle and PackerChatters. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.
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