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Albert Haynesworth: The Definition of a Man Who is All About the Money

Old AccountSenior Writer IMay 15, 2010

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 21:  Running back Brandon Jacobs #27 of the New York Giants runs with the ball as Albert Haynesworth #92 of the Washington Redskins attempts to tackle him at FedEx Field on December 21, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Entering his second year with the Washington Redskins, Albert Haynesworth is the man we all knew him to be—a selfish player who is, and always will be, about the money.

Last year, Haynesworth signed a seven-year, $100 million contract, possibly even higher if incentives are met.

Known as one of the best defensive lineman in the game, Haynesworth put together a dominating campaign in the 2008 season.

That made the Redskins, who are known to throw money at top stars, interested in giving Haynesworth this large contract.

Up to this point, we can see it is a disappointment, right?

During a 4-12 season in 2009, Haynesworth not only missed games with injuries, but was a clubhouse problem.

To begin this offseason, Haynesworth is not under the idea of switching to a 3-4 defense.

So now Big Al wants out of Washington and was a no-show at mandatory camp.

The Minnesota Vikings and Oakland Raiders were at one point rumored to be interested in Haynesworth.

However, no major trade talks surfaced. I mean, can you blame them? Here the Redskins have a guy who is making a huge paycheck, and yet feels he has the right to demand a trade just because he doesn't want to make a change?

Haynesworth certainly has the talent, one that would interest most teams in the league. Despite the contract, if it wasn't for his selfish attitude, Haynesworth would be on the top of most general managers' priority lists.

Earlier today, Redskins owner Dan Snyder praised the way Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan have taken control.

But he did include his disappointment in Haynesworth, who has made it clear he doesn't want to be there.

It seems right now most fans of the Redskins are disgusted already, especially after wasting a good portion of the cap on Haynesworth.

If Haynesworth gets his wish, it won't matter. He will never change, and will play enough to guarantee he gets most of the millions of dollars in his contract.

The term "playing for the money" is used quite often in sports. However, if you want the actual definition, look no further than Albert Haynesworth himself.

Matt Miselis is an NFL Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com.

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