Albert Haynesworth Says He Will Attend Training Camp, No One Impressed

Brian DiTullioSenior Writer IJune 24, 2010

ASHBURN, VA - JULY 30:  Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (#92) takes part in drills during opening day of training camp July 30, 2009 in Ashburn, Virginia.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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The NFL's most reviled $100 million man, Albert Haynesworth, recently told the press he will attend training camp despite his disagreements with the club.

The first thing to consider here are the promises he made to the club prior to receiving his $21 million bonus (a bonus that he has not even remotely lived up to).

Since Haynesworth decided $21 million wasn't enough to attend OTAs or the mandatory minicamp, why should anyone believe Haynesworth when he says he'll attend training camp?

Could it be the Redskins move to try and get that money back got his attention?

Could it be the money grab, coupled with all of Haynesworth's legal issues prompted him to re-assess his priorities?

If one were to place a bet on any of the above questions, go for the first one because Haynesworth doesn't seem to be the type who cares about his legal problems, that's what the attorneys are for.

Even if Haynesworth does attend training camp, how effective can the Redskins count on him to be?

Haynesworth already has made it clear he wants nothing to do with Mike Shanahan's 3-4 defense, and proved last year he'll sleepwalk through a season if he doesn't think it's worth his time.

The most mind-boggling thing about this whole situation is why the Redskins signed him in the first place. Haynesworth had a Terrell Owens-esque "me first" attitude reputation coming out of Tennessee, so it's not like any of his temper tantrums should be coming as a surprise.

Owens now is unemployed, and most people believe it's because of his "me first" attitude and tendency to blow up locker rooms.

Haynesworth may be following Owens into early retirement at the rate he's going, and like Owens, he's going to have a hard time finding anyone who cares.


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