NFL: Redskins Deserve Measure of Fault with Albert Haynesworth Situation

Rob Belote@GuysNationSenior Analyst IJune 16, 2010

ASHBURN, VA - FEBRUARY 27:  Albert Haynesworth attends a press conference after signing a 7-year contract worth approximately $100 million with the Washington Redskins on February 27, 2009 at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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It was announced tonight, through his agent, that Albert Haynesworth doesn't intend on showing up to the mini-camp held by his team tomorrow. He also continues to maintain that he doesn't have any interest in playing for the Washington Redskins given their move to the 3-4 defense. This scheme puts him as the lone defensive tackle instead of being part of a duo in the 4-3 defense.

The Redskins fan base is enraged already. This is the $100 Million Man. He's basically saying he's not interested, even after he's been given all this money? How dare he!

The Washington Redskins need to stop shoving the fault only on Haynesworth and start to look in the mirror a bit.

I'm not a fan of Albert Haynesworth. He's an overpaid troublemaker whom the Redskins shouldn't have signed in the first place.

And that's the point.

The Washington Redskins and Daniel Snyder became enamored by Albert Haynesworth; however, they disregarded all of his off-field issues. His history includes reckless endangerment in his car and disrespect for his fellow human being in various other ways.

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They also disregarded his on-field issues. Haynesworth stomped on the exposed forehead of a downed opposing player whose helmet was off at the time. Keep in mind that UFC, a violent mixed martial arts organization not sanctioned to hold events in multiple states, has rules against kicking a downed opponent in the head...and they're not wearing cleats.

Not only did the Washington Redskins sign him despite the problems, they structured Albert Haynesworth's contract in such a way that a huge portion of the money—more money than half the roster will make over the course of the first two seasons Haynesworth might spend in D.C.—is already in Albert's bank account. It's hard to say exactly how much money that is, but it's safe to say that the tally is higher than $40 million dollars.

Why would Albert Haynesworth let the coaching staff and ownership dictate his situation? He has millions in guaranteed money that they'll have to pay him one way or another regardless of how he acts.

The Washington Redskins have been fiscally irresponsible in many ways. Now, they're in a situation where they have very little leverage to do anything about it.