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Posted at 1:59 PM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Albert Haynesworth is likely to return to the Redskins

By Cindy Boren

There are plenty of uncertainties that will lie ahead if the NFL goes to lockoutmageddon on Thursday night, but the future of Albert Haynesworth with the Washington Redskins isn't one of them.

Adam Schefter of ESPN is the latest to say that the Redskins will keep their troubled and disgruntled defensive tackle, something that Jason Reid wrote last week. In an ESPN segment, Schefter said:

"The plan right now is to bring Albert Haynesworth back next season. Now a lot of people would say, whoa, how can that be? How could Albert Haynesworth possibly return to Washington again? But the Redskins view it in the sense that they paid him an awful lot of money and unless there's some team out that there that's willing to really blow them away with an offer, they're going to hold on to him and bring him back to camp and try to salvage Albert Haynesworth. Now again, some team could always step up and make them some kind of trade offer, but they're not going to release Albert Haynesworth right now. That's the one thing we do know.

"At a time when we're hearing about teams getting right of players, a la the Chicago Bears with Tommie Harris and some of the other teams around the league, that's not happening. The Redskins right now are not getting rid of Albert Haynesworth. They're holding on to him.


By Cindy Boren  | March 1, 2011; 1:59 PM ET
Categories:  NFL, Redskins  
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Comments

I wish Mike Shanahan would put this much effort into making the Redskins a winning team.

Posted by: ruh_ruh | March 1, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I think that is a way of the Redskins saying we'll trade him but they are not going to cut him out right. The Cap hit would be huge, and they don't want to pay him to play somewhere else.

Posted by: keithlb28 | March 1, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

In reality, I don't see Shanahan dealing with Haynesworth another year. I think the team put this out there, so that other teams won't wait for us to cut him. After all, how could you get anything for him if teams think you are just going to release him? You create the illusion that you want to keep him. I think the same thing may be going on with McNabb.

Posted by: joeedwards5 | March 1, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

this is so stupid its beyond words

Posted by: slick3 | March 1, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

The league should give the Redskins some kind of dispensation in this case so the Skins can cut Haynesworth and it not go against their cap. Or they should take him to arbitration for breech of contract.

Posted by: bobilly1 | March 1, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The league should give the Redskins some kind of dispensation in this case so the Skins can cut Haynesworth and it not go against their cap. Or they should take him to arbitration for breech of contract.

Posted by: bobilly1 | March 1, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

this is so stupid its beyond words

Posted by: slick3

From a business stand point, it's not stupid really. From a personal stand point, it is ridiculous to put up with someone that causes so much misery from staff to fans.

But from a business stand point, it's sort of like buying a car that's a lemon. You pay all that money for it, but after the warranty runs out a few months after purchase, the car wont start or runs sluggish. But when it runs good, it can fly. You hate driving the car and you want to get rid of it. But you can't get anything for it. Do you just put the car on the curb and tell someone they can have it or hold on to it, say it runs great when it does and try to start it from time to time so someone will give you something for it?

Posted by: QSkinzfan | March 1, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

My,oh my !! Do we get to keep Haynesworthless after all? Are the Deadskins a great team, or what? Danny-boy and Shanacan't better not have a salary cap next year. Haynesworthless is not worth a space on the roster - or the space on the bench. Maybe he can be the defensive uncoordinator.

Posted by: sameolddoc | March 1, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Three-Way Trade: (1) Titans get Donovan and Fat Al (Titans get the veteran QB and Fat Al goes back to where he had the most success), (2) Texans get Vince Young (he gets to go home to Houston), and (3) Skins get Matt Schaub (he reconnects with Shanahan)

Posted by: Khoality | March 1, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to beat the sh-t out of Snyder!

Posted by: DCSportsfanatic1 | March 1, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Three-Way Trade: (1) Titans get Donovan and Fat Al (Titans get the veteran QB and Fat Al goes back to where he had the most success), (2) Texans get Vince Young (he gets to go home to Houston), and (3) Skins get Matt Schaub (he reconnects with Shanahan)

Posted by: Khoality | March 1, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

BTW, I like the idea of the trade.

Posted by: DCSportsfanatic1 | March 1, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

All lies.

Cindy, how could you post this with a straight face?

They are going to keep him as long as possible then cut him if there are no takers. Please.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | March 1, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

There will be virtually no cap hit with cutting hayney. His bonuses for the most part were converted into salary (during the uncapped year....perfectly within the constraints of the rules at the time) to limit future cap implications.

Generally speaking the redskins are holding on the Haynesworth for one reason only....so he doesn't sign with the eagles who just hired his former defensive line coach (one of the few coaches that Haynesworth states that he respects and the coach he credits for helping reach multiple pro bowls).

The skins will trade him for a ham sandwich if it keeps him from playing us twice a year. Talk about an extra special screw you that would be to redskins fans.

Besides once the players are locked out teams can have Zero contact with players so there are really no consequences towards keeping him until there is a new collective bargaining agreement and he can finally be traded for future draft pick(s).

Posted by: guinness4health | March 1, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Albert Haynesworth is fat.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 1, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

this is so stupid its beyond words

Posted by: slick3 | March 1, 2011 3:26 PM
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I'm not saying you're wrong, but cutting him and letting him sign with the Eagles (where his BFF defensive line coach from the Titans is now on the staff) without getting any compensation would be even dumber. At the very least, keeping him and buying him a Laveranues Coles flatscreen to watch games on while he's inactive on Sundays prevents him from helping the enemy.

Posted by: csh2000 | March 1, 2011 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Since Haynesworth is essentially paid for, the Skins might as well try to get him to play or make him miserable by doing laps, suicides, etc. and then deactivate him. Basically make Fat Albert miserable until he wants to buy his way out of his contract or screws up so bad, that in either case, he would have to return some money. That is unless someone offers up something for him.

Posted by: neil64 | March 1, 2011 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Reinforces my belief that the current Redskins management is not 100% committed to winning.

There are other issues, some personal and some financial, that enter into the decision-making and when you have that on a sports team the performance top to bottom suffers.

Holding onto a player who is clearly in a state of emotional decline does the Washington Redskins no good long-term.

Will someone else take a chance on him?

Sure. But in a deal where all they have to do is pay him an incentive contract.

If Santonio Holmes a 25 year old 1,000 yard receiver coming off a Super Bowl MVP catch yields a #5 draft choice in trade, the thought that the Redskins are going to get a #1 or #2 pick for Haynesworth is just perverse.

But that is Snyder. And that apparently is Shanahan as well.

Winning is important they say.

But evidently not as important as proving a rhetorical point.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | March 1, 2011 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Keeping Haynesworth, for now, is really the only thing the team can and should do. Some fans, and primarily the Post, have clamored for a long time that Bruce Allen and Shanahan should just outright cut AH.

Why? So AH can go and get another big payday from some other team while the Skins completely lose out on a $21M investment? That would be stupid, regardless of AH's behaviour.

And I can guarantee that if the Skins did outright cut AH, these same fools would start bashing the organization for not trying to at least work with the guy in an effort to get something out of their $21M investment or would start bashing Bruce Allen for not trying to trade him, getting something of value in return.

The Skins paid AH a lot of money, and the fact remains that AH is still a very good, premier player. Why cut him for nothing in return? Just to let him get another big paycheck from another team? Effectively allowing AH to "win" the situation and get what he wants? I think not. The Skins own him. If he doesn't want to play here, some other team will have to bring something of substance to the table for his rights. If not, AH can either play here in DC or rot away on the bench or be suspended. Cutting AH outright now would be even more foolish than signing him to such a huge contract in the first place.

Posted by: SkinsFreak | March 1, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to beat the sh-t out of Snyder!

Posted by: DCSportsfanatic1 | March 1, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Amazing that they let this comment stand. What's even more amazing is that the Post gave Jason Reid a regular column. Pitiful.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 1, 2011 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan is running the show in Ashburn - so this must be his decision. If not, then all this business about him being in control are bunk and he should go.

Is Mike Shanahan running the team or is he just collecting a paycheck?

Posted by: DavidAu | March 2, 2011 12:09 AM | Report abuse

If you have a guy that big who can run fast with good agility, but has no endurance..he should be a special teams tackler. If nothing else a few lorenzo alexander type special teams hits from a guy who weighs 100lbs more than lorenzo alaexander would make more than a few little returners think fair catch and out of bounds. Until he's ready to get in shape and play NT(holding his lanes, not shooting gaps) or drop to 295lbs and play DE(holding his lanes, not shooting gaps) for this team, he should be running down that field take his anger out on 175lbs kick and punt returners.

Posted by: zickzack | March 2, 2011 4:40 AM | Report abuse

haynesworth and mcnabb are staying here until they get a suitor for them. we will make haynesworth's life miserable here and he wont get a chance to play again and we can suspend him again.. mcnabb will be with the team til sept at the minimum

Posted by: skinfan2k | March 2, 2011 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Whoa, how can that be? There's zero chance that Haynesworth is back next season. The bridge has been burned beyond all repair. Charlie Sheen is more likely to enter the priesthood.

Posted by: randysbailin | March 2, 2011 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight - you suspend Fat Albert for conduct detrimental to the team for the last 4 games of the season and you consider forcing him back to play the next year. If this is even remotely true, Shanahan and Allen are conscientiously stupid!! I refuse to believe Shanahan is dumb enough to have him anywhwere Redskins training camp (if there is one)!!

Posted by: jrochelle | March 2, 2011 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Free Albert Haynesworth!

Posted by: trebor0012 | March 2, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

The definition of the Mike Lyingahan: One lying @$$ Redneck with a GRUDGE !!!

Posted by: Raidersfan2 | March 2, 2011 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Good decision. Grind him into obscurity. At some point, maybe, FatAlbert will show some pride. If not, he will need to plan on a long time of being practice fodder....Screw FatAlbert!

Posted by: KDSmallJr | March 2, 2011 11:02 AM | Report abuse

This would be a good move if we stayed in a 4-3! Still bugs me that after years of having a top ten defense we change to a 3-4, I don't understand. Haynesworth would be a Pro-Bowler again, Carter wouldn't be cut and probably have had 10+ sacks, Orakpo too. I blame everything on the fact we let Gregg Williams go, should have been our Head Coach. Not the ego known as Shanahan

Posted by: DFav21 | March 2, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

This is simply posturing to let other teams know the Redskins aren't granting any free agent gifts on their dime without some compensation.

If any team offers some picks, AH is gone faster than a cheeseburger on his dinner plate.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | March 2, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

smart move Shanny! Don't show all your cards and lose the biatch for nuthin!

Posted by: bbachrac | March 2, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Khoality - Keep dreaming.

DCsportfanatic1 - loved the comment.

I don't think they'll keep him, but he won't be cut either. But the skins have surprised us many times before. Only the skins would keep a player who has made it clear that he doesn't want to be here.

Posted by: keedrow | March 2, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse

But from a business stand point, it's sort of like buying a car that's a lemon. You pay all that money for it, but after the warranty runs out a few months after purchase, the car wont start or runs sluggish. But when it runs good, it can fly. You hate driving the car and you want to get rid of it. But you can't get anything for it. Do you just put the car on the curb and tell someone they can have it or hold on to it, say it runs great when it does and try to start it from time to time so someone will give you something for it?

Posted by: QSkinzfan

Or you can get full coverage insurance, have someone steal it from you and set it on fire and get the blue book value for it.

Posted by: ged0386 | March 2, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

in other words... we're keeping him (& McNugget) unless we get some value for them), like the 3rd & 4th round picks we wasted.

I'd think the Vikings or Cardinals would be willing to part with a 3rd or 4th for McNabb. They basically have the other pieces in place.

I could see a strong team, like the Eagles or Falcons giving us a 3rd or 4th for Haynesworth. Plenty of veterans there to let him know how things are going to be and he basically has a cheap salary i think.

Posted by: vtsquirm1 | March 2, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

HELLLOOOO Haynesworth has TWO criminal cases pending, he's violated the NFL's personal conduct policy, and he's got a bad record too boot. Even if his trials are pushed back, the Commish can pre-emptive suspend him under the Goodell doctrine. That's the only chance for Sue Snyder to recover her money.

Posted by: ZeroHero0 | March 2, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Good one, Cindy. This headline caught my attention. Better yet, let's call it "Redskins are likely to keep Haynesworth" and not the other way around. LOL

I deeply doubt Hayney would set foot in Redskins Park again. Unless he's been offered a hug and a twinkie. :D

Posted by: RedCherokee | March 2, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

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