Albert Haynewsowrth and Mike Shanahan never did make nice, and Haynesworth did virtually nothing for the Washington Redskins this season even when he saw the field. Maybe that is what lent the air of inevitability to the news Tuesday that Washington has suspended Haynesworth without pay for the final four games of the season.
Haynesworth felt as though he fit poorly into the team's new 3-4 scheme when Shanahan arrived. Shanahan, perhaps wondering where the overweight Haynesworth ever would fit, stood firm. The two got into an ill-advised spitting contest, each trying to outlast the other. Haynesworth needed a week and a half to pass the Redskins' conditioning test and practice with the team, but it hardly mattered: He refused to play in certain packages and seemed half-hearted on the rare occasions when Shanahan let him see action.
This is not the kind of estrangement from which a marriage like this bounces back: Haynesworth will be gone before next season begins in the nation's capital. The only question now is who would want him. He can certainly impact the game along the defensive line, especially in a 4-3 system, but he has a long climb back to the kind of physical and mental preparedness that made him a unanimous first-team All-Pro at defensive tackle in both 2007 and 2008. Read on for five teams that could be takers, if the price is right.