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Shanahan says Redskins have not discussed trading Haynesworth

Despite reports that suggest otherwise, the Redskins have not discussed trading defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth "or any other player" on the roster since Coach Mike Shanahan joined the organization, Shanahan said Sunday afternoon after the team completed its first minicamp under his direction.

In his first public comments about the absence of Haynesworth, who skipped the voluntary minicamp at Redskins Park and has not participated in Washington's voluntary conditioning program, Shanahan said he hopes Haynesworth eventually shows up and plays well. And although Shanahan did not directly address reports that the Redskins have attempted to trade Haynesworth because he does not want to play nose tackle in the team's 3-4 defense, he seemed to indicate they plan to have him on the roster this season.

"Obviously, Albert's made a decision to do that [train on his own]," Shanahan said. "I'm hoping he comes in in great shape and can help our football team win."

Haynesworth, beginning his ninth season, would welcome a trade because he is at odds with the new coaching staff about his role, people familiar with the situation said. Haynesworth, who revels in rushing the quarterback, would often occupy multiple blockers in Washington's scheme that players said will be similar to the Pittsburgh Steelers' aggressive attack. Haynesworth has been a three-technique lineman in a 4-3 defense throughout his career.

"Albert is a guy that we'd love to have here," defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. "We'd love to have him now. He's a very talented player, a very smart player, a guy that can play almost any position.

"I think he's athletic enough to play anything. And when he does show, he's going to have to pay all three positions and nickel and dime. He'll play tackle, he'll play end. Hopefully, he comes soon because there is a lot to learn. But I'm exited about the opportunity to work with him."

The Redskins reportedly offered Haynesworth to the Philadelphia Eagles as part of their package for Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb, whom they acquired for draft picks. Haynesworth on April 1 received a $21 million bonus and has been paid $32 million in the first 14 months of a contract that includes $41 million in guaranteed money. "We've made a big investment in Albert," Shanahan said. "Hopefully, he can come in here, stay healthy, play at a level where he can help us win. We will find that out in time."

Washington only has four picks in the three-day draft that begins Thursday, so the team might move Haynesworth in an effort to accumulate more picks, according to the sources. "There has not been one mention about trading Haynesworth or any other player on this football team since I've been here," Shanahan said. "The only person that I've allowed to talk to other teams is Jason Campbell. I want to get a good feel of the people that we have on this team. I'm not looking to trade anyone on this team."

Haynesworth, according to sources, only plans to attend the mandatory minicamp June 16-18. "First of all, I don't worry about people that are not here," Shanahan said. "I'm not worried about Albert Haynesworth. I always look at a person that's not here just like they sprained their ankle on the first play of the game.

"They might be out for the season. That happens, those things happen. If Albert comes in and plays at a very high level and gives us a chance to win, so be it. If not, I'll look at a guy that just sprained his ankle in the first practice and he's out for the year, so we will see that. I want to talk about the people that are here."

By Jason Reid  |  April 18, 2010; 4:15 PM ET
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth , Jason Campbell , Mike Shanahan , Minicamp  
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Comments

Well this must be shocking to the Wapo journalists.

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | April 18, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

fwiw, Heyer was the starter at LT and Hicks the starter at RT. No mention who started at RG.

Posted by: TWISI | April 18, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Man , the Post sure made out like it was the Last Days of Hitler in the bunker for Haynesworth..I never trust anything I read anymore anyway, so its SOP for the NWA...

Frak is a giant retarded bag of ass wind. That is all...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 18, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

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I second that emotion!

Posted by: eaglesrule

"That is all" is right, you oil company-funded tool psyop drone..

As for eaglesrule, when was the last time you guys won a championship, Chuck Bednarik??...

Posted by: frak | April 18, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I love this! Nobody knows what is happening inside the heads of Redskins' management and it must be gratifying for Shanallen to let speculators hang themselves. Dude, no one knows what the skins are really planning- most of all Snyder.I don't think the tell that c'ck anything until it's already done!

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | April 18, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Frak is a blithering idiot and an Obama sperm dumpster. That is all...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 18, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I bet while Shanny was talking about not trading AH, JReid pulled a Joe Wilson:

"YOU LIE!...My BFF Jason LaCanfora said you wanted to trade Albert!"

Posted by: p1funk | April 18, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

That is all" is right, you oil company-funded tool psyop drone..

As for eaglesrule, when was the last time you guys won a championship, Chuck Bednarik??...

Posted by: frak

eaglesrule won't show his face around here once we get into october. Why does that faig post on this site anyway?

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | April 18, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

"There has not been one mention about trading Haynesworth or any other player on this football team since I've been here," Shanahan said.

well, jeez...talk about the pendulum swinging the other way. all that "trade haynesworth" talk was kind of bothersome to me, but if shanahan's statement above is true, that would be MORE bothersome.

not ONE mention of trading ANY player?!?!

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | April 18, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Told you guys the "reports" about Haynesworth being shopped around the league were totally bogus.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 18, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Redskins actively seek to trade Albert Haynesworth
Despite recently cutting one of the largest checks in NFL history to pay defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth's bonus, the Redskins are actively attempting to trade him before the April 22 draft, people familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

Coach Mike Shanahan has instructed General Manager Bruce Allen to identify potential destinations for Haynesworth, to whom the Redskins paid a $21 million bonus on April 1, and the Redskins have talked with multiple teams about the eight-year veteran.

By Jason Reid | April 6, 2010; 5:20 PM ET

Posted by: Barno1 | April 18, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I find it hard to believe they haven't discussed trading anyone when they told Campbell's agent he can try to find a trade

Posted by: graywolf323 | April 18, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

This is a smoke scree to make him more valuable. They screwed up when they let the world know they wanted to get rid of him.

Posted by: smc635 | April 18, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Why would they trade AH - who would take that 100 mil deal?

Posted by: ElYeah | April 18, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Why would they trade AH - who would take that 100 mil deal?

Posted by: ElYeah | April 18, 2010 4:56 PM |

You really need to pay attention. Questions like the one you just asked are based on untruths.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 18, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

ElYeah,
'skins have already paid haynesworth most of that. he's relatively "cheap" at this point.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | April 18, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Either the sports blogger (I hesitate to use the term "journalist") who writes RI has made up all the Redskins trade talk, which raises the question of ethics; or his unnamed "sources" are worthless, which raises the question of intelligence, i.e., his.

It is also possible that Skins management, with a long dislike of the WaPo, allows a "source" to give deliberately misleading information to the "The Mayor" so that he will look stupid in print, which seems unfair, as in, "a child could do it."

Posted by: eyestreet | April 18, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Who really believes that the Skins haven't discussed trading players?

Raise your thumb-less hands.

Posted by: SteveMG | April 18, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

The Skins should keep Haynesworth. They should then bench him and have him stand behind the bench area during home games. He should be forced to face towards the stands while eating a jelly donut a la Private Gomer Pyle from the movie Full Metal Jacket and wearing a T-shirt that says "I Got Paid By Dan Snyder"

Posted by: randysbailin | April 18, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Now that shanahan knows they cant get anything for him, plan "B" is talk him up and say: "Oh, we hope he shows up and comes in and plays at a high level." Good luck on that one. In the meantime, I notice Allen is signing these journeymen defensive lineman.

Posted by: interceptordjv | April 18, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

When push comes to shove or a war of wills management has all the aces. They can give all the rope that Fat Albert wants. They will let him think he's got them over a log, give him all the rope he wants then let him hang himself.

He comes to manditory camp not in shape he gets fined until he is. He says he won't play nose guard? Fine him. Fine him until he begs to get out of there. You want out Fat Albert? Pay back some of your guaranteed money.

Posted by: rillbizi | April 18, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

haynesworth should keep ALL money that snyder foolishly signed him for that is his problem..washington should try and trade haynesworth for 2nd and 3rd round pick and draft suh with the 4th pick in the draft a dominating player and younger than haynesworth can play inside and outside and commands a double team(like reggie white potentially)and is quick, fast and powerful use 2nd rd. pick on LT 4th rd pick on RT 3,6,7th round picks on positions they need help in which are numerous.

Posted by: wathu19 | April 18, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Honesty doesn't work...just ask Zorn. We'll know something when Shanny think we need to know something.

Posted by: mcwop | April 18, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Honesty doesn't work...just ask Zorn. We'll know something when Shanny thinks we need to know something.

Posted by: mcwop | April 18, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Frak is a blithering idiot and an Obama sperm dumpster. That is all...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 18, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

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hey...don't pick on Frak like that!

he just has a real hard time expressing himself

Just the other day he was saying how he wanted to be an eagles fan

can't be all bad

Posted by: eaglesrule | April 18, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

He should be forced to face towards the stands while eating a jelly donut a la Private Gomer Pyle from the movie Full Metal Jacket and wearing a T-shirt that says "I Got Paid By Dan Snyder"

Posted by: randysbailin | April 18, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse
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Classic. Gunnery Sgt. Hartman: "...and the way I see it, you ladies owe me 50 push-ups!!" (to Pyle): "Well, they're paying for it, you eat it!"

Platoon, while doing push-ups: "One, two, three, four, I love Marine Corps!...One, two..."

Posted by: hogmeister | April 19, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

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