Jared Allen on Albert Haynesworth
Not getting to 1,000 Albert Haynesworth posts if a single comment from a Pro Bowl defensive lineman is allowed to pass without notice.
"I tell you what, I'd show up and just drink water for $30 million," Jared Allen told Phoenix's KTAR, via Sports Radio Interviews. "Honestly, I don't know the circumstances so I can't judge anybody. I mean, obviously there are some uncertainties there. I'm sure both sides are a little bit at fault. It's one of those things, I'm a firm believer, you sign a contract, and obviously they are doing their part by paying you. Honor the contract by showing up and play it out.
"Now, who's to say that he wasn't promised to play in a 4-3. I know I might be a little ticked off....He was obviously brought there to be an anchor to that defense, and if they change from a 4-3 to a 3-4 and he's in a position where he can't be successful, I think that's another story. But I think that's something that you talk about with your coaches behind closed doors. I'm a believer that you negotiate the contract, you sign it, [then] show up and play for it."
Of course, there's nothing stopping NFL franchises from bidding adieu to players who have signed contracts with them, but I guess that's part of the sport. And Haynesworth isn't exactly negotiating through the media; he's not negotiating at all, and nary a peep has been heard from his mouth in weeks.
Regardless, I completely agree with Jared Allen's contention that he would show up and drink water for $30 million. I'd gladly do that. Bet Albert Haynesworth would, too.
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