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Unless offers change, Haynesworth expected to stay put

Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth is still with the Redskins, and it seems he will be for the remainder of the season unless another team offers Coach Mike Shanahan exactly what he wants for the two-time Pro Bowler.

A longtime NFL executive who has dealt with Shanahan said the Redskins' football boss holds firm in trade discussions. When Shanahan sets a trade price, he doesn't lower the price simply to make a deal.

The Tennessee Titans would gladly welcome back Haynesworth, according to multiple people familiar with the situation. But it is believed that Titans Coach Jeff Fisher, who is said to be friendly with Shanahan, has only offered the Redskins a fourth-round draft pick.

It would be unfair to characterize the Titans as having renewed interest in Haynesworth, one of the sources explained, because the Redskins have known the Titans' position on Haynesworth since before the draft. If the Redskins want to do business with the Titans -- at the Titans' price -- then it seems Haynesworth could be moved before the October trading deadline.

As the preseason closed, some in the Redskins' organization thought something would happen with Haynesworth because General Manager Bruce Allen was asking questions about the halftime situation during the preseason finale against the Arizona Cardinals. Redskins officials were concerned that Haynesworth did not participate in a halftime adjustment meeting to review photos of the Cardinals' blocking schemes.

It is unclear whether Haynesworth, who was not accustomed to attending such meetings when he was with the Titans, was ever specifically asked to participate. Allen, however, had discussions about what occurred, team sources said, prompting internal speculation Haynesworth would be traded because management was fed up with the situation.

Barring a major change in his thinking, Shanahan will not release Haynesworth this season. By the end of this season, owner Daniel Snyder will have paid Haynesworth $35.6 million for two seasons on the roster. Presumably, Snyder would prefer some return on his investment.

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has been publicly supportive of Haynesworth. This week at Redskins Park, Haslett told reporters he hoped Haynesworth, who was inactive against the Houston Texans because of an ankle injury, would play Sunday against St. Louis, and help the Redskins for the remainder of the season in whatever role he settles into in the defense.

There were many conspiracy theories offered last week in the media about why Haynesworth sat out against Houston. But two team sources said Haynesworth could not move laterally well when he tested his ankle before the game.

With his ankle improved, Haynesworth participated fully in practice this week. Haynesworth is expected to be active against the Rams, and he could be helpful rushing the passer in nickel situations, players said.

And if Haynesworth has a big game against the Rams, perhaps things turn in a positive direction for him and the Redskins together.

By Jason Reid  | September 25, 2010; 11:59 AM ET
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth, Bruce Allen, Mike Shanahan  
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Comments

Anybody Home? I don't want to be first!

Posted by: Spanglerg | September 25, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Ok, what happened to Jason Reid the rumor-monger? Was he killed off by an assassin hired by Shanahan and replaced with a clone?

Posted by: slurpeesarecool | September 25, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I wish this guy just bought into the system. It's so frustrating to see a guy with so much potential squandering it just to maintain his ego trip.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 25, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I wish this guy just bought into the system. It's so frustrating to see a guy with so much potential squandering it just to maintain his ego trip.
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you talking about haynesworth or shanahan?

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 25, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Tackle Albert Haynesworth had a full practice for the second straight day. Haynesworth missed last week's game with a sprained ankle; the team would not say which ankle is hurt, why? Because there is no ankle hurting, Albert being inactive is simply Shanahan being bossy; however if Shanahan continue to alienate Haynesworth, expect more blown lead like week2.

Posted by: abxinc | September 25, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

REEEEEEEEALLY! Even after all the "ESPN Insiders/sources" have been saying for months that he would be dealt this season. Just play Big Al!

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | September 25, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Albert can turn this defense into a SB level defense instantly.

Other players like McNabb and Landry who desperately wants the SB, needs to start working at personal level to help Albert fix his chemical inbalance.

Albert has to suffer from chemical imbalance; there is no other way to explain his self destructive attitude.

Posted by: SeedofChange | September 25, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse


It's so frustrating to see a guy with so much potential squandering it just to maintain his ego trip.

you talking about haynesworth or shanahan?

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 25, 2010 12:56 PM |

Well he's certainly not talking about you moron, for you have no potential whatsoever.


Posted by: hessone | September 25, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

If fat albert is inactive does he still get paid a game check?

Posted by: candyangle | September 25, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

"Ok, what happened to Jason Reid the rumor-monger?"

That was more Jason LaCanfora.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 25, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

"Albert has to suffer from chemical imbalance..."Posted by: SeedofChange

LOL yeah, too much cash in his system.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 25, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Because there is no ankle hurting, Albert being inactive is simply Shanahan being bossy; however if Shanahan continue to alienate Haynesworth, expect more blown lead like week2.Posted by: abxinc"

No ankle hurting? Cite your source, please. I can think of three possibilities:

1. Reliable report
2. Rumor
3. Your butt

Posted by: Samson151 | September 25, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

HAYNESWORTH TRAVELING TO ST LOUIS

ASHBURN, VA -- Washington Redskins team officials have confirmed that Albert Haynesworth plans to fly out to St. Louis this weekend aboard the team plane.

The Redskins are scheduled to play the Rams Sunday afternoon.

It's unknown what Haynesworth will be doing while in the city, but some folks are speculating that he'll probably visit the famed Gateway Arch on the edge of the Mississippi River, and may even tour the city's Anheuser-Busch Brewery.

However, team officials are saying it's highly unlikely that Haynesworth will put in an appearance at the Edward Jones Dome, home stadium for the Rams.

According to team sources, after playing sparingly in the Redskin season opener September 12, "Albert decided he was fed up with football. So while he'll go along with the team whereever he must, he won't necessarily do anything that he doesn't want to do."

Haynesworth spokesman DeAngelo Hall declined to comment.

Posted by: Vic1 | September 25, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Just play the man. If Shanny is truly focused on winning, he plays most of the game tomorrow.

And stop with the "he's not buying in to the system crap" too. This was true before he got to camp but not now.

Posted by: dcwun | September 25, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I think he'll be tolerated this year because it's semi-cost effective, and well, regardless of lunar mood swings, he's shown a lot of talent..If some team making a run at the SB loses a lineman later this year, we may say adios , loco amigo..

Posted by: frak | September 25, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Come on guys. Seriously. We all know that Shanny has an ego that requires its own zip code, yes. But we also know that the man is a tested winner and a brilliant football mind. Would anyone disagree with that? Can you show me a proven example where he ever let his ego negatively affect a major personnel decision?

92 will play extensively and well this weekend. This issue is 2 weeks from being dead. HTTR

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | September 25, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

If some team making a run at the SB loses a lineman later this year, we may say adios , loco amigo..

Posted by: frak | September 25, 2010 2:15 PM

Has to be before the trade deadline which comes early -- Tuesday of the 6th week of the season.

Posted by: beep-beep | September 25, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

beep throw your ones up beep

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 25, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

to all who believe Hayneworth makes us a better team (yeah I said us) I say ignore your crack dealer he's ruining your mind. Did you not see Albert refusing to hold his position against Dallas? he was taking his own angles which led to alot of yards on the ground. freelancing from a DT or NT spot does not help the team. you want to see Albert on the field then
tell him to:
A) address the team and apologize for weighing down the teams progress for the last few months
B) make him prove it at practice. I guarantee you if AH goes out and practices HARD not just go thru the motions but inspire the coaches, Shanny will start him
C)make the most of his opportunities. play within the scheme and help the team succeed not just worry about your stats.
D) on way home after game avoid McDonalds

Posted by: nflorida1 | September 25, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

follow the leader, follow:

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1
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beep beep

Posted by: beep-beep | September 25, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Most of the bloggas wanted the Dirty 30 run out of town after last season. Now, you hear none of that. Its amazing what a little coaching and an NFL scheme can do.

Hopefully the AH issue will finally go away as well. A motivated AH is as dominant as it gets.

By the way, our defense has been torched so far this year. Yet, I still feel 100 times better about that group than I did last year's top 10 Defense. Weird....

Posted by: dcwun | September 25, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Well said, dcwun. Fickle being, the human football fan. Or the human in general. After one dominant game (almost) all will be forgotten.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | September 25, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

the problem is we haven't had a hush hush coach around here since (angels singing in th backgroud) Joe Gibbs 1.0. I mean nobody knew Stan Humpries played for the Redskins until he left the Redskins (including Joe Gibbs) Nervous Norvall took a long time explaining it but he evenyually told you stuff. Marty used every upportunity to tell the camera how things were going thanks to him. Spurrier used his "good week of coachin 'em up" speech every time he tried to explain a loss and Gibbs 2.0 was a loilo friendlier with the media, unfortunately everything was his fault according to him. Zorn would show you the playbook if you asked. well now we got a strategerizin' coach again and that more than the two SB rings tells me he knows what he's doing regarding the Haynesworth situation

Posted by: nflorida1 | September 25, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Yes, if Haynesworth is inactive, you still pay him the game check. If he is injured, you still pay him the game check. If you cut him, you still have to pay him for the season, as he is a veteran player, he cannot be cut without compensation. Deal with it. He's getting paid.

Shanny is such a control freak. This situation could have been resolved weeks ago. As for the trade, do you really think any team's going to give more than a fourth? Not in today's environment.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | September 25, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Ha. This "article" could've been replaced with "No news. Nothing has changed. Nothing to report. That is all."

Posted by: fargincorksucker | September 25, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the Haynesworth situation, if he practices within the schemes during the week ,put his azz on the field and let him play and be through with all this drama and BS. Enough.

Posted by: 72Redskins | September 25, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Probably will be able to get more than a fourth round pick for him IF some DE for a contender goes down in the next couple of weeks. If nothing like that pops up, then I'd take the Tenn offer and be done with this stupid, lazy malcontent.

Posted by: dolph924 | September 25, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I think Albert should be used returning punts and kickoffs. This would teach him what "defense" means.

Posted by: haymarketbill | September 25, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

wait, I was sure he was getting traded. I mean, all that reporting and all, surely there had to be some facts behind all that...right?

Posted by: hemlock28 | September 25, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth got a big payday with the 'Skins, but he is headed for a major pay cut in the future if he does not excel this season on the field. But wait a minute! With a 32+mil package under his belly the past two seasons maybe he can afford the cut and coast for the remainder of his injury-prone career.

Don't expext big things from this small-minded guy too soon.

Posted by: spacreek | September 25, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Former long time NFL Executive...Uh, lemme guess, charley casserly or charley casserly?

If we're all going to suffer thru "24/7 - Haynesworth"...atleast, let HBO produce. Otherwise,these boring posts are going to make for a long season.

go skins!

kill the rams!!!

Posted by: boricuabopper | September 25, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

It is a waste of energy to even discuss Haynesworth. I am part of this waste. He is not the player he once was. He has not gotten himself into shape, and if he has, he has lost it through all of the inactivity this season. His mental attitude has shown the acceptance of being a loser. He is like Mike Tyson after being knocked out. He is no longer dominant, brave, able, or motivated. Let him die on the bench and use him as fodder for those with a killer instinct. Shanahan has replaced him in the lineup with others who want to play. I am sure Shanny would love to have him be a dominant player for the Skins, but he has also resigned himself to the fact that Haynesworth is not someone you want to count on to win going into battle on any given Sunday.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | September 25, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

It is a waste of energy to even discuss Haynesworth. I am part of this waste. He is not the player he once was. He has not gotten himself into shape, and if he has, he has lost it through all of the inactivity this season. His mental attitude has shown the acceptance of being a loser. He is like Mike Tyson after being knocked out. He is no longer dominant, brave, able, or motivated. Let him die on the bench and use him as fodder for those with a killer instinct. Shanahan has replaced him in the lineup with others who want to play. I am sure Shanny would love to have him be a dominant player for the Skins, but he has also resigned himself to the fact that Haynesworth is not someone you want to count on to win going into battle on any given Sunday.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | September 25, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

It is a waste of energy to even discuss Haynesworth. I am part of this waste. He is not the player he once was. He has not gotten himself into shape, and if he has, he has lost it through all of the inactivity this season. His mental attitude has shown the acceptance of being a loser. He is like Mike Tyson after being knocked out. He is no longer dominant, brave, able, or motivated. Let him die on the bench and use him as fodder for those with a killer instinct. Shanahan has replaced him in the lineup with others who want to play. I am sure Shanny would love to have him be a dominant player for the Skins, but he has also resigned himself to the fact that Haynesworth is not someone you want to count on to win going into battle on any given Sunday.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | September 25, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

A couple questions for those who want Shanahan to get over his ego trip just play Haynesworth. Why on Earth wouldn't he play him if he could? Do you think Shanahan just decided arbitrarily that he didn't like Albert and was going to cause a massive distraction for no reason? Best way to get into Shanahan's doghouse? By dogging it and being a wuss.

Albert Haynesworth was an absolutely dominant player 2-3 years ago. He isn't that player anymore. If he was, HE WOULD BE PLAYING.

Posted by: McLobo | September 25, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

It is a waste of energy to even discuss Haynesworth. I am part of this waste. He is not the player he once was. He has not gotten himself into shape, and if he has, he has lost it through all of the inactivity this season. His mental attitude has shown the acceptance of being a loser. He is like Mike Tyson after being knocked out. He is no longer dominant, brave, able, or motivated. Let him die on the bench and use him as fodder for those with a killer instinct. Shanahan has replaced him in the lineup with others who want to play. I am sure Shanny would love to have him be a dominant player for the Skins, but he has also resigned himself to the fact that Haynesworth is not someone you want to count on to win going into battle on any given Sunday.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | September 25, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

The website notified me that my posting did not go through. I repeated them for that reason. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | September 25, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

To me, any fan that would take the side of Fat Albert, and hold Shanahan responsible in this dispute, is a whiny punk. Both of these men have shown their true faces. One in a positive way all his life and one as a selfish bum. Thirty million dollars is a lot of money to steal from your employer and fans. We pay the money in our ticket purchases. He's ripped us off.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | September 25, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that a guy like Shanahan - who has been a successful coach by being demanding of his players' attitudes, work ethic, and discipline - is accused of having a big ego? Haynesworth has a big ego because he puts himself before the team. Shanahan is a guy with a fairly good recipe for success for an entire team by dint of his strictness and regimen. There is a difference.

Posted by: fan-o-matic | September 25, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse


What team in their right mind would think of shelling out $100 million for a lackluster speed bump that quarterbacks have no problem throwing over, and running backs simply run around?

Oh! That's right! The Washington Redskins did!


Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | September 25, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Did Danny have any input into what went into Alberts contract?? Clearly Dan isn't a very good businessman! It would seem to me that there should be some type of clause that would take into acount Al's attending meetings and whether or not something as to his whether his actions could be a hinderence to the teams betterment. First it was the missed meetings. Next it was his conditioning. Then it was his knee. Now it's his ankle.
Clearly there is an ATTITUDE PROBLEM. Maybe there is a MENTAL PROBLEM. He's not smart enough to play the defensive scheme.

Posted by: doughboy96 | September 25, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

"There were many conspiracy theories offered last week in the media about why Haynesworth sat out against Houston."

No WAY. Who did that?

"And if Haynesworth has a big game against the Rams, perhaps things turn in a positive direction for him and the Redskins together."

Bush league.

Posted by: WorstSeat | September 25, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Redskins beat the Cowboys in what looked like a Pop Warner game...will be the high point of the Redskins season...Dallas is weak this year, but I'm still betting Washington ends up owning the NFC-East cellar.

Posted by: JCM-51 | September 25, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

I can empathize with Mr. Haynesworth since I also seem to be in a situation at work where I can't seem to do anything right no matter how hard I try. So I hope he can turn things around and have an outstanding year. I would be happy to see that. Go Albert!

Posted by: brewstercounty | September 25, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan will hold firm on his trade demands for Fat Al - I thought that was the GM's job?! Bruce Allen, you're not just the pretty boy here, son, stand up for yourself and fine Shanhan for insubordination.

Posted by: josettes | September 26, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Redskins beat the Cowboys in what looked like a Pop Warner game...will be the high point of the Redskins season...Dallas is weak this year, but I'm still betting Washington ends up owning the NFC-East cellar.

Posted by: JCM-51 | September 25, 2010 8:35 PM

Sure nice of Dallas to keep that cellar warm for us at 0-2!
How bout them Cowboys! Over-hyped AGAIN? Ya think?

Posted by: minorthread | September 26, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

The Skins are using a 4-3 against St. Louis this week, right? Play the "slave" until he drops and leave his a$$ there while the rest of the team plays football.

Posted by: Rambunctious | September 26, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Sure nice of Dallas to keep that cellar warm for us at 0-2!
How bout them Cowboys! Over-hyped AGAIN? Ya think?

Posted by: minorthread |

There's a very good possibility Cowgirls end up 0-3 by the end of today!! It's gonna be another high scoring game like ours was. Hopefully Houston outshoots Dallas.

Posted by: rachel216 | September 26, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Free Albert Haynesworth!

Posted by: trebor0012 | September 26, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

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