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Posted at 5:46 PM ET, 02/16/2011

Why is Albert Haynesworth still on the Redskins' roster?

By LaVar Arrington

Today's question: Does the fact that Albert Haynesworth is still on the Redskins' roster mean that business is more important than changing the culture of a losing team?

Is the sacrifice of Coach Mike Shanahan's message outweighed by business moves? My answer would have to be yes, and it's made clear every day that Haynesworth remains on this team.

Haynesworth's behavior continues to challenge Shanahan's running message this past season that it's his way or the highway. What I can't seem to figure out is how Shanahan made examples out of other players all season long to drive his point home while Haynesworth remained on the team. And now with all kinds of allegations flying his way, from road rage gone bad to sexually assaulting a waitress, Haynesworth remains a Washington Redskin.

At first, the general consensus was that Haynesworth was paid too much money for the Redskins to just release him in order to prove a point -- and that very reason seems to be why he is still on this roster -- but when do the actions of a man outweigh the business side of things?

The team may be holding on to Haynesworth for either a trade or until March 4, which is the expiration date for the collective bargaining agreement between players and owners. If the Redskins were to release him at that point, it would send Haynesworth into a free agent wasteland where he is not to be signed until an agreement is in place, making free agency a much more crowded and competitive time for players.

Seems to make sense, but does it really? Haynesworth has been a one-man wrecking crew since joining the team, and not in a good way.

He remains on this team and it goes to show you that money is the deciding factor.

His actions have embarrassed the owner, coaches, teammates and fans over and over again. He's been paid his guarantees in his contract already. Make your stance now and release him, it's late but better late than not at all. Salvage your self respect as a coach and a team. Does it really matter if a team can pick him up right away? No! It does not. Let some other team deal with all that drama. Cut it off now and try and get some order in that building out in Ashburn.

If there was ever a time to make the stand for the sake of the Redskins, my goodness, it's now.

By LaVar Arrington  | February 16, 2011; 5:46 PM ET
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He's on the team because the team hopes to get something for him, which is a smart business decision for someone of his caliber. There is no reason to make a move now.

Posted by: keino83 | February 16, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Lavar: I thought we were done with your biased articles.....why are you still writting, for the sake of our sanity please stop writing..

Posted by: mazbar | February 16, 2011 6:45 PM | Report abuse

For the life of me i can't understand why the post employs you to write commentary on the redskins when it is a know fact that you have a major axe to grind. Business as usual was when you were a knucklehead player still living off of your penn. state pressings ignoring the defensive schemes the d coordinator called.

Posted by: clwalker1906 | February 16, 2011 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I am with you LaVar!

Posted by: mjwies11 | February 16, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm just a little tired of Lavar. After totally wussing out w/ $nyder, he's back on his self-righteous horse again. What "they" decide to do with fat Al is a difficult decision. For example, do we want him to land in Philly? Hell no. With our luck he'd start a new and resurrected career ala Vick. It's the off-season and his being on the roster really doesn't affect anything - especially if there is a "plan" on how to either "break" Fat Al, trade him, or finish the destruction of his once promising career. We don't know what Danny, Bruce and Mike have in mind and to criticize them is a stretch. If Lavar wants to criticize others he should start by addressing the fact that he just turned into vapor when facing our pathetic owner.

Posted by: mgginva | February 16, 2011 9:26 PM | Report abuse

The fact that some of you are bashing Lavar speaks to the mindset of this Redskin fanbase and it's owner, Albert Haynesworth has basically wiped his azz with the money that Dan Synder has paid him then shoved it in Synders face. The Redskins are a train wreck as a professional sports franchise on and off the field but some of you so called fans (boy talk about your blind loyalty!! ) are as stupid as Haynesworth, actually Haynesworth is lucky he wasn't shot in that road rage incident had he run into the wrong person he could have been the victim. Lavar is right they need to send a message to Fat Albert and his lazy ways GET RID OF HIM NOW!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | February 16, 2011 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Fat Albert is a cancer. That being said I want the Skins to do everything in their power to PUNISH him. If they could use him as a tackling dummy, I wish they would. I cant stand him. Now if they feel they can harm him more by keeping him on the roster then they have my support. Usually I say just get rid of the cancer and move on. In this case that may be rewarding him, and I am sure there are very few Skins fans that want to see him rewarded. So LeVar, if you have some idea to try to cut down the Skins for not rewarding this scumbag, then I have to question your value. I have no beef with you, but if you are in any way giving aid and comfort to Fat Albert, then you are wrong.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | February 16, 2011 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Arrington has no credibility as a journalist in my view. His attempts to be provocative are juvenile at best. I find it hard to believe that the Post could not find a more objective former player whose observations would be supported by facts rather than a personal agenda. I have no problem with criticism of the team. I consider myself a fan but Mr. Arrington's personal agenda is so transparent it's comical.

Posted by: awp578 | February 17, 2011 12:36 AM | Report abuse

What does fat Albert want? For us to release him so he can play in Philly. What Lavar wants to do is exactly what Fat Albert wants. Lavar is missing the big picture. As usual. We need to get what we can for Albie. If that's trade picks - great. If that's beating him down and exacting every bit of his career out from under him - fine. If AH wants to make a huge adjustment and play - ok - maybe. But what would make us even bigger chumps would be to just let AH walk. A new culture can't be built by making our coach, owner, GM and DC punks. That's what Lavar wants. Maybe Albert will offer to buy back . . . sound familiar Lavar?

Posted by: mgginva | February 17, 2011 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Hey, BTW what's more embarrassing, AH acting the way he always has or our owner doing the same? I'm not embarrassed by fat Albert. This is football and some players are animals and I'm fine with that. Albert is just being Albert. If you buy a bad ass snake and it bites you, who is the fool? Now, our owner on the other hand - man that's embarrassing. We get overcharged for everything and treated like punks by an owner that's ruining the culture of our club. AH is nothing. When you talk about our culture he doesn't even count. That the fans are being taken by that punk $nyder is what makes us a laughing stock. People like to credit $nyder for spending big to win, but no one ever talks about that money coming straight out of the fan's pockets. We get treated like fat dairy cattle. What new way can $nyder rip us off? Parking, practice fees,over-priced seats and rancid peanuts - not to even mention selling beer in the crapper and not letting us have tops, etc. etc. etc.
As fans we are allowing the 'skins culture or what's left of it get washed down the drain because little Danny just bleeds us like no one else out there. Albert got 41 million dollars that $nyder will replace by - oh I don't know - pay toilet paper or perhaps a charge for wearing any clothes not bought from him. Just drop the whole Haynesworth thing and wait to see what Bruce and Mike, etc. decide to do. What we should be doing is trying to find 800,000 people to pay $2000 dollars a piece to buy the team and finally get rid of the real cancer that's destroying our team.

Posted by: mgginva | February 17, 2011 1:05 AM | Report abuse

LaVar, you are absolutely correct in your assessment of Hayneswoth....thanks for speaking the truth. His blatant, intentional lack of effort this past season was shameful, and an affront to this team and the fans. I think Shanahan wants to get revenge and I would support him if he chose the "free agent wasteland" option.

Posted by: scg1055 | February 17, 2011 2:55 AM | Report abuse

The Haynesworth issue, will be dealt with during the upcoming draft.

Posted by: Defund_NPR | February 17, 2011 3:02 AM | Report abuse

Not to derail the topic here (although i'm guessing everyone is sick of talkin about AH) but i was listening to LaVar on the radio on Tuesday when some poor schlub called in to talk about Vick. Long story short, LaVar baited him into agreeing that Vick was a "dumb Quarterback (LA's words, NOT the caller's) and then proceeded on a 10 minute rant about "no QB is "dumb", and stupid callers that irritate him, etc".

LaVar a journalist? oh HELL no--he can't even be a biased commenter without losing the toilet stirring component of his axe to grind. And putting words in the mouths of radio callers...

LaVar, go sell cars or something---you suck at what you are doing now.

Posted by: opinionatedinfairfax | February 17, 2011 3:24 AM | Report abuse

Let's forget about, for a minute, the axes that are grinding towards LA. Yes he came to us with great fanfare and hype etc. and maybe just maybe he was never deployed in a system that utilized his strengths. That being said are a lot of you grinding axes because he didn't live up to your expectations? Hmmmmmm sounds familiar doesn't it. Now onto Albert, I'm all for him being released but considering the multitude of needs our team has why not use him for trade bait this off season. Him being here now does not impact the upcoming season. Another food for thought, Has anyone considered that his trade value/worth continues to fall with each allegation and oh by the way the deplorable showing he put forth this past season? Other team's managers, I would hope, are not foolish enough to surrender high round picks for AH. They know that they are in the driver's seat and have the leverage over the skins. Look at what was done with Jason Campbell. The Raiders knew the Redskins were not going to utilize him so they were lucky to get a middle round choice for him. If I'm a manager, I don't put a high draft choice package for AH because the leverage is not with the Skins'.

Posted by: ih8dallas2 | February 17, 2011 7:12 AM | Report abuse

"Why is Albert Haynesworth still on the Redskins' roster?"

In my job I've learned not to ask "why" questions because there is never an answer that makes sense.

Posted by: markjd1 | February 17, 2011 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Lavar is correct. Release him NOW! It is absurd to think that another team is really as dumb as the Skins would any team give draft picks for a guy who may not even play next season, with these legal issues...this situation is a distraction and is one of many that needs to go away. Along with the ridiculous Snyder lawsuit and the soon to be McNabb drama, the Skins continue to be a joke league wide...this madness must stop!

Posted by: Jizel | February 17, 2011 8:05 AM | Report abuse

The reason he is still on the roster is that the Redskins think they can trade him and get value. At this point, there are only two teams that may have any interest, and both of them know that they can probably pick him up for nothing if they wait.

So I agree with Levar, release him now. He is a major embarassment.

Posted by: sruppert | February 17, 2011 8:10 AM | Report abuse

The Haynesworth issue, will be dealt with during the upcoming draft.

Posted by: Defund_NPR | February 17, 2011 3:02 AM

Wow. Insightful.

Posted by: mack1 | February 17, 2011 8:21 AM | Report abuse

He is on the team for one reason. The Skins are just waiting to put themselves into a more favorable position in their attempt to recoup that BONUS $$.

What the Skins are waiting for is the decertificaiton of the NFLPA. Once that happens, Albert will no longer have a strong backing to fight to keep that money.

And the longer he stays on the team, the more opportunity he has to find more trouble and strengthen the Skin's case.

I can't think of any other reason. The health of the locker room is more important than a 4th round draft pick but less important than getting back some of Dan's play money.

Posted by: donsilvester | February 17, 2011 8:27 AM | Report abuse

#2 overall pick out of football in 7 years = BUSTBUSTBUSTBUSTBUSTBUSTBUST

Posted by: paperwc | February 17, 2011 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Nice piece, LaVar. I've been wondering the same thing since the latest episode w/ the waitress. Last season the line from Haynesworth and his people was that he was back in Tennessee working w/ his personal trainer. Not sure why he's hanging out in D.C., where he's been on a crime spree over the past few weeks.

Posted by: randysbailin | February 17, 2011 8:56 AM | Report abuse

I don't agree with Lavar and I'm not an Albert Haynesworth fan but nothing has been proven to me that he's a real ahole except what has been written in the media.

I don't believe the road rage incident and I don't believe the sexual assault charge. If it's found out that he indeed punched a motorist and sexually assaulted a waitress then he should be kicked off the team, but so then should Brandon Banks if it is found that he was the perpetrator in the incident that resulted in him being stabbed.

But Lavar has already convicted Haynesworth because he CAN with his written words as so many other sportswriters have done.

Posted by: keedrow | February 17, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

If the Skins did cut a player immediately after an incident was reported then Lavar would be crying about innocent until proven guilty. Lavar and mini-fat-white-Lavar were on the radio yesterday suggesting that there is some conspiracy at redskins park to conceal the true condition of brandon banks. They even had J Reid on. Basically, all their insider, secret sources gave them incorrect info and they want to blame that on the redskins in general.

Posted by: paperwc | February 17, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Don't cut Albert! Having him on the team greatly enhances the entertainment value of the ongoing soap opera! And when you have a pathetic excuse for an owner and little hope of actually winning, entertainment is about all you have to cling to. Plus it makes those of us who root for other teams feel better.


A Ravens fan

Posted by: trailhiker85 | February 17, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Why would the Redskins want to give into AH and release him? After all he has done (or lack there of) to the Redskins, I say keep him for the time being until a descent trade offer comes about and if not, you can release him later on and see what comes out of it. You don't gain anything by letting him go now during the offseason. The Skins are already embarrased for giving him the contract that they did, can't get much lower. Let him keep making a fool of himself and if he happens to continue conduct that's detrimental to the team and himself, maybe they save some $$$ out of it through team fines or possible suspensions. Make him suffer like he has made the organiziation suffer.

LA, loved watching you as a player and enjoy listening to the show everyday, but sometimes you gotz to cut down on the run on sentences, keep it simple and please try not to talk hoops if your gonna call Pau Gasol a role player (seriuosly?). Go Skins.

Posted by: wkreamer | February 17, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I've noticed that teams have been franchising players this week. What's wrong with the skins? They don't have anyone worth franchising?

Posted by: keedrow | February 17, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Why get nothing for Albert when something is better?

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | February 17, 2011 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I would not cut Haynesworth. No way. Instead, I would call he and his agent into Mr. Allen's office and immediately lay down the following hard line w/this a-hole:

1) You will not be cut or traded. Ever. Get it out of your brain. Your games and nonsense will not work in getting you released. Ever.

2) This is your role/position on this team. You will compete for that role. Period. If you are not 1 or 2 on the depth chart in that position you will be inactive on game days.

3) You must come to training camp in shape. If you don't you will endure the same fitness test requirement as last year, and you won't practice until its passed. The difference this year is that if you fail the test it will be on youtube for the world to see before you make it back to the locker room.

4)Your legacy and reputation in this game is on the line. You will either turn this whole thing around and realize your potential with the Redskins and erase the last 2 years, or you will forever be known as the biggest, most selfish, bank robbing player in NFL history. You will be the poster child and on every list for a-hole professional athletes your entire life and forever. Your grandkids will be able to read what a creep you were and how you treated your profession. Your call Albert.

5) We are going to pay London Fletcher 250k bonus if YOU make the ProBowl. He now has a financial incentive and the power as captain to whoop your ass and aggressively assist in getting you in line. In other words, the locker room pressure on you to conform will be dialed up.

This is where we stand. You will not make a difference in our won/loss record if we let you rot your career away in the same manner you have for 2 years now (on the sidelines). We have already paid you the money.

The only way out of this is to return the 24 million you made in 2010. Cut the check and you are released. Otherwise this is our firm position, and we will never waver.

Your call a-hole.

Posted by: Chris2172 | February 17, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Why is Albert still here? Because he has one of those Subway or Quiznos cards and is REALLY closs to getting that free sub...once that is taken care of he'll leave.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | February 17, 2011 10:33 AM | Report abuse

If holding on to him, to wait for him to make a stupid mistake, means the Redskins might have a better case to sue him, for not complying with his contract, then go for it. This is war and it looks like Fat Al is beginning to crack. I like it.

Posted by: adrian7 | February 17, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse


Albert can lift a refrigerator so why the so called road rage victim is not in the hospital?
I'm not going to get into the waitress incident. Please

You all need to STOP listening and watching Sport shows.
It's killing your brain cells.

I'm dreading the day he comes back and kill the skins QB. lol

Stop hating on people who have ATHELETIC TALENT just because you have none.

Lavar your a victim if you had been selected by another team you would probley be going to the Hall of Fame.

Posted by: shamken | February 17, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Sorry Lavar but why would they cut him now??? Because he is a cancer in the locker room? If you didn't hear last year, AH has no intention of being anywhere near a locker room in the offseason so who cares if he is officially on the roster or not? Everyone knows he is gone. His trade rights are clearly worth more than not having his name on a piece of paper. Ok so the news reports say "Redskins DT gets arrested" rather than "Recently released Redskins DT gets arrested"... big deal

Posted by: tsaxsteve | February 17, 2011 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Lavar, I FINALLY agree with something you wrote. Cut your losses now, save face for the organization. Show the masses that character is more important then a 6th round draft pick.

Posted by: matthewrayman | February 17, 2011 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I hear about people saying Snyder is an idiot for this and for that. He is in my mind also. But, when I think about it, how does an owner make money to compete in the NFL. Say we slap a franchise tag on McNab (just an example) because he had a great season, we now owe him in the neighborhood of $23 million. And last year we did it with Portis (another example) thats another 16 million. Two players $39 million dollars. Thats a lot of hot dogs and T-shirts. Add in a free agent like Hanynesworth and you're over $55 million dollars. The owners are right to try to change the pay structure. This can not keep spiraling out of control. And the fans are right in saying they cant support the increases to continue to fuel this labor agreement.
While I am on the subject, Snyder is right to sue the journalist, we all wish we could sue these sorry sports writers for their lousy columns everyday. It is no longer journalism it is personal vendettas supported by the constitution, which gave them the right to report news, not use the news as a personal weapon to attack people. So for all of us less fortunate people I say spend your money and sue their butts. I can not believe I have written a kind word about Snyder, that just goes to show how bad the other side is.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | February 17, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse

He is on the team because Shanny is making an example of this useless, whiny, little baby who was paid an exorbitant amount to play a child's game.
You can change the culture by grinding FatAlbert into the ground in front of the other players. The message - if you sign the contract, you will give the effort or life will become a living hell.
If he spouts off or violates team rules, fine him.
I would put his FatNess on special teams and every down at nose tackle. If he quit, I'd fine him and go back after his bonus. If he gets hurt, I'd drag his fatness around to every required event and make him do public appearances until even he becomes so embarrassed that he will conform to the team rules and what the team wants him to do.
Enough of this FATABLBERT nonsense already.

Posted by: KDSmallJr | February 17, 2011 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth is a dirt bag. But he's a tax paying dirt bag American citizen which means he still has the right to a trial before judgment. He's been accused but not convicted or found guilty of anything illegal. His current issues with the law are one thing. But not the reason they ought to cut him.

Posted by: BenThere | February 17, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Albert was bad news before Vinny and Dan acquired him. He stomped on the head of an opposing player's head in a game! That should have been a signal right then and there that this guy had a character problem. His character remains the same: BAD. This is just one example of the lack of good judgement Dan Snyder, Cerato and now Shanahan has shown over the years. The Shaneys want to get rid of McNabb, but keep Haynesworth??? Crazy!!

Posted by: bringbackimus | February 17, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

La Var-
I would wait intil the 4th, I would, and then just spin Haynesworth out, without a press conference, without a word. Th money's gone- it's as if Snyder put a match to it- let the money go. Just open up the door, ask Albert to leave(metaphorically, of course), and quietly close the door. Whatever happens to Albert at that point- who cares. No one is going to touch Albert with a ten meter pole if they care about a team concept. If the Union and the NFL weren't at each other right now over the CBA, then the Commissioner's office would be working on suspension papes for Albert- and what team is looking for that happy addition? He won't go back to his former team, they were glad to be shut of him- he's done at the Skins. If he had played hard, he could have been as mouthy as he wanted- but he walked onto the field and rolled over and played dead- good film, right? He should kiss, everyday, the feet of his agent that got him the deal he did- because he's gonna need that money if he want to maintain the lifestyle to which he has become accustomed, and to be able to pay for the lawsuits to come.

Posted by: poppysue85 | February 17, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Here's another question: Why does a guy with $100 million chose to spend the winter in Reston?

Posted by: clocker58 | February 17, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse


Great post and I wish it could happen that way.

Posted by: jerod1 | February 17, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

There's nothing wrong with Albert. I think the Redskin fans are the real idiots. I hope Albert goes somewhere and destroys us next year. There has been this lynch mob attitude about him every since folks learned of his contract. I think it's racially motivated. I really do. Of course nobody wants to admit to that. He really isn't as bad as folks make him out to be and everyone knows it. People still talk about Ron Artest going up in the stands in Detroit and that was a decade ago. Sometimes fans are the real idiots. btw, I don't believe any of these latest allegations. I believe both people are lying and just trying to get money.

I wish nothing but the best for Albert and Donovan and nothing but the worst for the Shanahans.

former Skins Fan.

Posted by: kentonsmith | February 17, 2011 1:07 PM | Report abuse

What are the Redskins going to get from a guy that now faces assault and perhaps sexual assault charges to boot?

Let's get real here. Haynesworth is on a downward spiral emotionally and he is acting out in ways that should scare anyone close to him.

Teams around the NFL see this and know that eventually the Redskins will have to yell 'uncle'.

So, whether they get a #6 pick for him or release him outright the Redskins are not going to get VALUE for what they feel Haynesworth COULD do on the field if properly motivated to do so.

That's just facing up to reality and for once I agree with LaVar that the actions of the organization the past several months are simply about revenge.

Business? Business in the NFL is about winning and making money.

Acquiring Haynesworth has not lead to either for Snyder and Co.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | February 17, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth and Snyder screw this team up royal and fans bash LaVar? Comical....

Posted by: CHICO13 | February 17, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I guess I don't understand the rush to cut him. The rest of the roster knows he's not a good teammate but they don't have to deal with him anymore at this stage.

Why not try to get a pick or a player for him?

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | February 17, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Let Albert rot - someone will come a'callin' with a later round draft pick - guaranteed.

Keep McNabb too while you're at it. He'll bring at least another draft pick as well.

Just cutting either one of them is something Vinnie would have done. It'd just plain stupid.

Posted by: AsstGM | February 17, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

@ dargregmag
The fact that we are responding to Lavar and bashing him for his comments has nothing to do with supporting Snyder. The point is you are going to get rid of him regardless so why not see what you can get and after all is exhausted then make a decision. The fact that Lavar was one the knucklehead players smoozing with Synder and now he decides to bash him is hypocritical. I get a little tired of fans like yourself spouting out your comments regarding this fan base and how we somehow blindly follow and support the team. I would much rather be a fan that thinks through decisions rather than be a reactionary clueless fan.

Posted by: heatseeker690069 | February 17, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Wake me up when the Shanahans are gone. People who supported Shanny and his antics are getting just what they deserve right now. A sorry a?? team. Shanahan is a racist bum who believes in privilege. Just like half of the NFL and their darn coaches sons all over the place. It's a joke!! Yet, folks are always talking about "knuckleheads".."selfish"..."entitled"...which are nothing but racial codes for Black Athletes. Redskin fans can be really pathetic...they point fingers at the wrong people. How's that 3-4 defense working out? What about our killer offense? Has Elway showed up yet?

Shanahan is the true BUM in this city. Not Albert.

Posted by: kentonsmith | February 17, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Take the Lavar leap into the unemployment line.

Posted by: khornbeak | February 17, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

why are you still on the radio?

Posted by: slick3 | February 17, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Thank you LaVar.

and thank you for your contributions to the Redskins. There was one season where I realized, "he has knocked at least one person out of every game" and then sean taylor's first season, HE started hitting people that hard too. I thought, oh my, those two together, this is ridiculously great.

Posted by: malcolmyoung1 | February 17, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

keep him until training camp. some chump, like lavar, will get injured and a team will have a need. maybe instead of getting a 5th for him you can get a 3rd if that other team who lost the chump, like lavar, is desperate.

Posted by: vmrg1974 | February 17, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

How 'bout them Caps!!!

Posted by: meximala | February 17, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

If the Skins were going to cut Haynesworth rather than trying to trade him, it should have been done along time ago, when it might have made a real statement. At this point, as long as it's dragged on, and as obvious as it is that he won't be on the team when next season starts, cutting him now would carry no "culture change" message that I could see. Ship sailed on that one long ago. So, might as well try to go the trade route.

Also not sure what LaVar is talking about with his "business is more important than changing the culture of the team" argument. What does cutting Haynesworth now versus trading him in six months say anything about the importance of "business"? If LaVar's talking about the team/Snyder trying to justify wasting tens of millions of dollars on Haynesworth by trying to at least get a draft pick back when they get rid of him, that's not "business." It's just insecure people trying to avoid harming the ol' ego. The money paid to Haynesworth thus far is a sunk cost--it ain't coming back no matter whether Alby gets traded, released, or plays all 16 games for the Redskins next year--and so from a purely business perspective it doesn't seem relevant. Again, though, trading him rather than releasing him is probably the rational thing to do at this point.

Posted by: bbposter09 | February 17, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Amen LaVar! Amazing that some of us Skins fans have become so brain-dead over years, we can only muster up the energy to attack any messanger who details us how dysfunctional our team has become.

Hello!!! Maybe some outrage shoud be directed at the folks who are steadily driving this team into a ditch?

Keep up the great work, LaVar!

I loved your game on the field, and your analysis here is right on point.

Posted by: Alan4 | February 17, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I hope he is traded to the Cowboys or Eagles. That would be poetic justice for Washington. I mean...since our coach says the guy can't play. If our coach says the guy is no good why not trade him within the conference? Because he's no good remember.

Huhh...I wish Washington would think about trading him in the NFC East. That would be so much fun to watch and I really think that's going to happen. I really do.

Posted by: kentonsmith | February 17, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Of course dealing with Fat a business decision. The NFL is all about business..this is not college.

I believe that all the years of experience coaching AND managing..far surpass LaVar`s
few years of experience playing in the NFL,
and not all that well I might add.
The coach and GM will make the best LaVar..put a cork in it.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | February 17, 2011 4:12 PM | Report abuse

LaVar! It's a BUSINESS! You can't just write off that kind of 'investment' and not try to get SOMETHING back. Redskins should invest in in psychological profiling of players before they sign them.

Posted by: bg1fan1 | February 17, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

#2 overall pick out of football in 7 years = BUSTBUSTBUSTBUSTBUSTBUSTBUST

Posted by: paperwc | February 17, 2011 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Isn't the average NFL player's career something like 3 years? Didn't Lavar perform well enough to make a number of pro bowls? What exactly is your definition of a bust? Damn can we get some real knowledgable football folks on these blogs? Lavar didn't live up to expectations but he was a good player and far from a bust.

Posted by: 6thsense79 | February 17, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Yep. LaVar gave the Skins some great years--the Aikman hit, multiple Pro-Bowls--unlike to multitude of "stars" over the years who give their best years to another team and stink to high heavens in a Skins uniform:

Jason Taylor, T.J. Duckett, Deion Sanders, Donovan McNabb, Albert Haynesworth, Brandon Lloyd, Adam Archuletta... it's a long freakin' list!

Posted by: Alan4 | February 17, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

C'mon LaVar business is business. If we can get a dollar on this guy why not. His presence on the team roster doesn't hurt Shanahan's message as long as he isn't playing.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | February 17, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

LaVar, I'm with you all the way. All the dolts here bashing you don't know a cleat from a jockstrap.

Keeping a low-life loser like Fatty is a "smart business move?" How about cutting Brian Mitchell for Deion Sanders? Selling beer in the restrooms and year-old peanuts? Prohibiting your own fans from bringing signs into your stadium? Suing little old ladies? Good business decisions involve more than just money, though Danny Boy obviously doesn't get it. A solid business 1) attracts and retains talented professionals who actually want to work there, 2)earns respect from its peer group and 3) gives its customers a valuable product.

Plenty of people in the business knew years ago that Haynesworth wasn't worth a snot. He should've been dumped as soon as he refused to show up last summer.

Posted by: EdgewoodVA | February 17, 2011 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Is this the pot calling Haynesworth Black?

Posted by: Special_One40 | February 17, 2011 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Lavar,do us a favor,don't go away mad just go away...........for all of the things you did as a player,you should be quiet!!!Very quiet!!!

Posted by: joe12341 | February 17, 2011 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Once again Lavar you demonstrate how ignorant and self serving sports writers, of whom you are NOT, can be. Apart from any consideration of the business side of this newest infomation about a player I wished were released long ago, there is the fact that NOTHING has YET been established that Big Al is GUILTY of those things he is being accused. With his track record i can't help but believe that he IS probably guilty. However, to simply release, cut or whatever someone right today is shear stupidity. Because with no verdict having been decided PLUS the business side of the equation it would be foolish to put him out there on the free market just to satisfy him and give him an oppurtunity to be somewhere else WITHOUT any control over where that might be. I personally would hold him until you had to do something and not let go one minute earlier. By keeping him close and restricted this way,you might just get something for nothing and also benefit from not having him wreak havoc in your backfield within the division

Posted by: onebigwave | February 18, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Why is Haynesworth still on the roster you ask, I could retire to the South Pacific and have hula girls serve me those little drinks with the umbrellas in them if I could get five cents for everytime I wondered EXACTLY THAT about you MEAT HEAD when you were STILL on the roster!

Posted by: burro2 | February 18, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I do not understand why Lavar has written this article. Seven months ago he was telling us how unfairly the Redskins have treated Hayneworth. Now he's telling us that the Redskins are acting stupidly by not releasing him immediately. I don't get it.

Should the Redskins have traded Haynesworth last summer? Absolutely. Did Shanahan err by humiliating Haynesworth by his silly conditioning tests? Absolutely. But the season is over. Keeping Haynesworth on the roster temporarily in order to see if a trade can be arranged doesn't hurt us one little bit. Do I think that we can get anything for him? Nah. But there's no harm in testing the waters and trying to get at least something for this bozo.

What I want to know is why Lavar is still writing for the Washington Post. His articles are increasingly embarrassing.

Posted by: tigana99 | February 18, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Lavar Arrington is right on the mark. There comes a time to cut the losses. Some of the fans (or is it Redskin PR dept) here make an argument that the Redskins should hold on to see what they can get for him. Fair enough point, but to disparage another's opinion that it is time to cut him loose so the team can move is just a loser's attitude. This team has become infected with that - guess the antidote is winning so everyone can feel better about themselves and the team they are rooting for - but that is Lavar's point - move on so that the team can win. How many players want to come play for the Redskins? Not many and that wont change until the attitude of the organization changes. Lavar is on the mark - yinz should understand that.

Posted by: DavidAu | February 19, 2011 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Keeping on Fat Al on the team is just the next item in the long list of dumb mistakes the Skins have made, that makes us the laughing stock of the NFL. I don't know if Shanny has lost his effectiveness as a head coach, but he sure as he@@ has lost his effectiveness as a personnel man. To start with McNabb. Bringing in McNabb wasn't the problem, how he handled the 4th quarter benching and the benching after wk 13 to start with. Next, he had the opportunity to trade Fat Al last off season, instead he put the franchise through that ham(hot ass mess)last season. Not to mention the whole evaluation crap from wk 14-17. Do we know if our young guys are players we can grow with or if they're just guys? What do we have in T Austin, P Riley, A Bryant, S Capers, E Cook, and others. So if we're questioning Shanny, then the other league personnel are questioning him as well. Any team interested in Fat Al will just wait until he's released and get him without giving up anything. shanny has to know that keeping this guy on the team shows the league and most importantly his team that team isn't the most important thing to him. Cut him and take the loss. It wasn't Shanny's choice to bring him in, but it's been Shanny's choice alone to allow this situation to turn into the hot mess it is now. The best thing for the future of the Redskins is move on and put Fat Al in the rear view mirror and drive off as fast as possible.

Posted by: sam_spg94 | February 19, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Haters are gonna hate. It is the same people over and over who do nothing but complain about you Lavar. But they are also the same people that read everything you write. If you don't like something you stay away from it. But I guess they are such bitter people that coming here to complain about you fulfills their days.

Keep it up Lavar, you are giving their lives meaning. I enjoy your show and I enjoy you columns.

Posted by: themightyzep2000 | February 19, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

So ture, so true!

keep doing your think Lavar, f the haters!

Posted by: doesntmatter | February 19, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

sorry, i meant "thing" not "think"

Posted by: doesntmatter | February 19, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused. Why does anyone question the actions of the BEST owner ever? His record of success speaks for itself. I you want to continue the Redskins stellar record of the past dozen years, please don't question their personnel and financial decisions.

Posted by: jburnetti | February 19, 2011 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Albert Haynesworth should have been dismissed a long time ago, but for a team with so many needs holding onto him even with the hopes of getting a late round pick may be worth it. The most recent accusation of sexual assault must also be proved in court and could be a hoax. I am no fan of Haynesworth, but if keeping him for a few months, until there is a new CBA, can get this team another pick anywhere in the draft, the it's worth it.

Posted by: dcnative5472 | February 20, 2011 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Way to go. Albert may not yet have been "convicted" of crimes in a court of law, but he has proved to be an abysmal failure as a football player who has and is being paid a sickening amount of money to do next to nothing. He faked injury to stay out of camp, he faked injury to stay out of games, he does nothing but complain about what he is assigned to do on the field. If I were another Redskin player I would demand he be removed. Despite some super players on the roster the 'skins have been an abysmal team for years due to inept management from the top down, inept ownership, and inept "business decisions." Well, I've made my own business decision - I will no longer watch, live or on TV (or listen on radio) the Redskins until Albert has been kicked of the team, and Shanahan Sr. & Jr. have left town. Even better, maybe Danny boy would sell the team to someone who has an inkling of what they're doing.

Posted by: imhotep3 | February 21, 2011 7:58 AM | Report abuse

How about instead of releasing him, let him rot on the bench for the rest of his contract? You've already paid him his large sum of money and now it's time to get back at him. If you release him, you prove no point against that the players run this league. You aren't going to get anything for him, so why release him and give him his way

Posted by: stevie7018 | February 22, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I agree that Haynesworthless needs to be fired, but at this point I don't see the problem of waiting until after March 4. After that, he needs to be driven FAR away from this team and left to rot! Although there is some sentiment with letting him rot on the bench for the remainder of his contract (if we can't deal him), it is far more important for this team to send the strong message that cancers will NOT be allowed in the locker room! Regardless of the size of your contract! Let's put the final nail in the debacle that was "Snyderratto" and move on!

Posted by: goaway5 | February 22, 2011 10:11 PM | Report abuse

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