The NFL is recognized by many as an industry full of overpaid athletes with poor character. I certainly don't think that rings true for the majority of the league, but a few bad eggs can spoil the entire batch...or something along those lines.
Albert Haynesworth's character and work ethic has always been in question, taking downs off whenever he feels like it. When he stomped on the face of Andrew Gurode (cue the video) the media really started taking notice. He can blame whomever he wants for his notorious image, but he created it.
When he became a free agent, he was the most highly touted free agent on the market. Haynesworth is one of the most dominant defensive tackles in the NFL when he wants to be, but nearly everyone was blown away by the $100 million deal the Redskins offered him, with $41 million guaranteed and $32 million being paid in the first 13 months.
He has not performed well in Washington, failing a number of conditioning tests and couldn't even lock down a starting role on defense. He complained about the system, the coaching, and everyone around him, but he has only himself to blame for the controversy that swirls around him.
Haynesworth will undoubtedly be picked up if he fails to make the roster next season in Washington. Even so, teams should stay away. He has made it clear that he is in it for the money and is quite possibly the least team-oriented player in the NFL. An incentive-laden contract will obviously be the way to sign him, but it isn't worth the distraction. Haynesworth has only played at a Pro Bowl-level twice in his career and is nothing short of lazy.
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