NFL Rumors: Where Is Albert Haynesworth Heading?
After a summer long fiasco about Washington Redskin defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth's health, attitude, and dissatisfaction, the time is approaching where words become action.
Haynesworth came into training camp unhealthy and unhappy about his nine-figure contract, leaving Mike Shanahan very little wiggle room in tolerance for Haynesworth.
Not only was Haynesworth's play coined as "terrible" in his last preseason game, the Redskins seem to be moving forward, as Haynesworth has been placed on the trade block.
So after months of anticipation, what will Albert Haynesworth's future entail? Where will this monster defender end up?
There are reports from all of the major media outlets that the Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans are deep into trade talks about the disgruntled lineman.
Haynesworth started his career as a Titan, and also played college ball at University of Tennessee.
Shanahan said that Haynesworth would play against the Cowboys, but failed to specify what exactly his role would be.
These trade talks come as a twist, as Albert was being lightly praised for his improvement. It is said that the Titans and Redskins are still apart on the agreement, as the 'Skins want two draft picks for their over-payed lineman.
If Tennessee followed through with this move, they would be getting Haynesworth at a discounted price, since Washington already paid his roster bonus.
Before Washington, Haynesworth spent seven years in Tennessee, having his best season most recently in 2008.
While Haynesworth would be a very expensive antique sitting on the bench, Mike Shanahan has to be focused on the other 52 players on his roster.
If Haynesworth pulls another stunt or doesn't play well, he could be riding the pine pony this season.
When Mike Singletary first became head coach for the San Francisco 49ers, Vernon Davis was having the same problem as Haynesworth.
Davis felt like he had some sort of entitlement over the rest of his teammates, which is when Singletary quickly took action. He sent Davis to the locker room early during one of their games.
In his press conference, he ranted about wanting team oriented players, saying "I'd rather play with 10 people and just get penalized all the way until we have to do something else rather than play with 11 when I know that right now that person is not sold out to be a part of this team. It is more about them than it is about the team. Cannot play with them, cannot win with them, cannot coach with them. Can't do it. I want winners. I want people that want to win."
Singletary's attitude is exactly the same attitude that Shanahan has about trying to rebuild the Washington Redskins, and Haynesworth is making that process difficult for him.
If the Washington Redskins cannot gain enough compensation for Haynesworth in a trade, it would be a huge statement for them to bench Haynesworth all together.
While it may not benefit them now, it will show the entire team exactly what is expected of them.
Right Where He Is
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Nobody is really sure exactly where Haynesworth is, because that keeps changing. First the staff was disappointed in his play in the final game of the preseason, then they said he was making good strides, and now he is on the trade block.
If Haynesworth isn't traded or benched, he would be a defensive lineman who was paid millions of dollars, and is still unhappy about his situation.
He would have to deal with being a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense. Haynesworth likes the 4-3 scheme better because it is probably easier for him, though he will get double and triple teamed regardless.
This move is probably the worst for the Redskins' locker room, though. It will show that the team felt Haynesworth was too important to trade away or bench, and that his attitude was OK throughout the process.
Even if players have bought into the Mike Shanahan experiment, this would be sending the team a step back.
While other teams have not been named, there are a few other teams that would be decent fits for Haynesworth.
Two teams that come to mind are the Jacksonville Jaguars and the St. Louis Rams. Both are struggling teams who need a boost of any kind. Haynesworth would be able to go to either of these teams and start, making either of them better as a whole defense.
Haynesworth would also be a marketing ploy, though to a lesser extent than a player like Tim Tebow playing in Jacksonville.
While this is merely speculation, and these two teams would likely be hesitant to give up anything for Haynesworth, stranger things have happened.