Casserly: "Haynesworth is on strike"
Many Redskins fans have reacted to Albert Haynesworth's 11th hour request to be traded not with relief -- let's finally get this 300-pound walking controversy away from our team -- but with the desire for revenge -- let's keep this guy on the roster and make him suffer.
That's what the hosts of 106.7 The Fan's Overtime were thinking on Tuesday night, and so they called up Charley Casserly to try to find some hope. The former Redskins GM and current NFL analyst gave them some relief: Casserly said that if he were in charge of the Redskins, there's no chance he would cave to Haynesworth's request, and instead would go to every length not to set a precedent of caving to disgruntlement.
"I've been in that situation, and I would say that 9 times out of 10 - and I can't remember the 1 out of 10 - it's hey, we paid you $31 million, you're part of the team, we're gonna fine you," Casserly said, while admitting that any fines are "inconsequential" to a guy as rich as Haynesworth.
"And if you don't show up to camp, we're gonna keep fining you," Casserly continued. "We're gonna exercise every right we have under the CBA. Shanahan's been clear, about I expect you to come in in shape. The way I interpret that is that if you're not in shape, and if you're not gonna work hard, if you're not gonna do what you're told here, we can fine you, and we can eventually suspend you for lack of effort.
"In other words, I would be sitting there and I would make sure that I understood all of our rights, how far we could go with this thing if I was the Redskins. I'd also say to Mr. Haynesworth and his agent, you want to be traded, we'll take a check for $31 million, and then we'll have a discussion about trading you. I think the time for them to be traded is before the $20 million check was written here in the spring. I would say if he wanted to be traded, he should have gone in there and said all right, hold that $20 million check, I'd like to be traded.
"I think there's nobody who's gonna pay this guy $20 million. So any market out there will take this guy only at his contract, not give him a big signing bonus or guarantees. From my discussions with the Redskins, they were emphatic and clear to me, they were not gonna trade him. And if I was in their position, I wouldn't trade him. I'm not setting a precedent in the first year I'm running the team. Even though I didn't sign this guy, and probably wouldn't have signed him to the contract he had, the line is drawn. We're going on without you....
"I think they've prepared themselves as best they can to play without him. Having been over there, it's clear to me that they're not sitting around waiting for this guy to show up as a savior. They've moved on with the team. And if this guy comes in and plays, they'll plug him in and play him, and if he doesn't, they're not gonna miss a beat mentally and emotionally."
Casserly was then asked if Haynesworth's ploy has crushed his own trade value, making it even harder for the Redskins to make a move.
"Well, I think this is planned and orchestrated," Casserly said. "I can't prove it, but I have my hunch. I think Haynesworth's on strike. And the way you try to get a trade is you don't show up, say you're not gonna play there. If you're writing the book, this is the book.
"Now he hasn't pulled the trump card yet. But there's no question in my mind that Haynesworth and his agent are talking to other teams. And maybe they've got a team to pull the trigger here. I mean, that's the way these things work. Is that right or ethical? No, but does it go on? Sure it goes on.
"So going back to your question, I'm sure that there would be some teams out there - maybe only one team - but I'm sure there's somebody out there who doesn't care what Haynesworth says publicly. They'll take him. But they probably want two things: they're not gonna pay a high draft choice and they're not gonna pay this guy's way out of the Redskins with a substantial signing bonus to Haynesworth that Haynesworth repays then to the Redskins.
"The trump card I've always thought is this: ripping the fans is a partial trump card, but when you rip the owner, a lot of times that gets you traded. And I've seen that happen. Now, he hasn't done that yet. Some owners, they understand the drill, they just let it roll off them. Other owners, they react with a knee-jerk, and they'll run right in to the general manager and say get that son of a gun out of here.
"Now, I don't know how Dan Snyder would react in that situation. If I was the owner, I'd understand it's a drill, he can say anything he wants about me. All I would do is call up the GM and say you know what, don't even think twice about this guy, we're not trading him."
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