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Haynesworth's workout regime

On Saturday, Kelli Johnson, one of my favorite people at Comcast Sports Net, Tweeted that Albert Haynesworth reported for last week's orientation at Redskins Park but missed the workouts of the offseason conditioning program.

Kelli is among the best reporters in the market, and her information, once again, is dead-on accurate. Haynesworth did not participate in the opening week of conditioning and film study at the complex.

But here's the thing: He never intended to and the Redskins were made aware of his plans, people familiar with the situation said. There was a lot of Internet speculation that Haynesworth would skip all of last week's events at the complex because he's supposedly upset about having to play nose tackle more frequently than he would prefer in the Redskins' new base 3-4 defense.

Haynesworth, however, has not commented publicly on his situation since the end of last season. Before the workouts began, I wrote Haynesworth planned to be present on the first day, and he showed up to listen to Coach Mike Shanahan address the entire team for the first time.

Haynesworth also participated in other first-day activities. But Haynesworth, who is determined to have a big year in 2010, comitted to an individual workout regime with a trainer before the Redskins' plans were set, according to the people with knowledge of the situation.

Haynesworth is following an intense offseason workout program under the guidance of the same trainer who helped him reach all-pro status during the 2007-08 seasons. Shanahan made it clear he wanted his "team leaders" to report to Ashburn for the conditioning program, and Haynesworth, who has talked with the team about his offseason schedule, believed it was important to be there on the first day. And Haynesworth is "gonna be around" the complex as the workouts progress, one of the sources said.

As I reported last week, Haynesworth and the Redskins in January discussed Haynesworth's new role during a meeting at the complex, and there have been follow-up conversations, team sources said. Would Shanahan prefer to have Haynesworth in Ashburn year-round for the positive statement that would make? Probably.

But Shanahan, I think, realizes that Haynesworth could be the key to his plan to shift from the 4-3 to the 3-4. Haynesworth showed respect to Shanahan by attending on the first day for something that is voluntary under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

Despite Shanahan's tough talk about players needing to show their commitment to the program if they want to be on the team, the reality is that didn't apply to Haynesworth. The Redskins will cut him a check for a guaranteed $21 million option bonus in April, and Haynesworth's 2010 and 2011 base salaries are guaranteed, too.

With the money Haynesworth is guaranteed, there's no way the Redskins would cut him for not reporting. Moreover, regardless if some in the main building believe
Haynesworth has a bad attitude (and trust us, some do), the coaching staff knows they need the guy because he's one of few elite players on the roster.

Haynesworth met Shanahan halfway in appearing on the first day of the program. Perhaps Shanahan made a positive gesture in accepting Haynesworth won't be around all the time. That certainly not a perfect union -- but it's a start.

By Jason Reid  |  March 21, 2010; 12:43 PM ET
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What took you so long to report what had already been debated in prior post; I even took a black eye over this. J.Reid, I'm your fan but, get serious!

Posted by: abxinc | March 21, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I feel better now.

Posted by: skinfanman | March 21, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

best insider reporting since JLC flew the coop. exactly the kind of scoop we should see in this space. would like to see the inside pov more often.

Posted by: notclintonportis | March 21, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

best insider reporting since JLC flew the coop. exactly the kind of scoop we should see in this space. would like to see the inside pov more often.

Posted by: notclintonportis

I'd like to see some POV with Kelli Johnson, though that has nothing to do with reporting.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | March 21, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey hey hey it's faaaaaat albert!
We better see an in shape football playa this year, not a faking-injury futbol player taking a breather.

Posted by: bhoang888 | March 21, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

The Beeps Goes On, Oi..

Love the Appalachian St. guy- he'll be the designated rasta-qb, spelling in the Red Zone....He actually might be a much better choice than Tebow considering he didn't have the Florida Sunshine Boys surrounding him...Could be a natural born killa...

As for His Worship Big Al, he may go down as the highest cost thing per minute since the Iraq War...

Posted by: frak | March 21, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

This is why you don't make dumb FA signings 5 hours after the start of FA season with huge guaranteed compensation packages. It's also why BA and Shanny will have to fight to establish credibility in the Skins front office over several seasons. They have none right now and it didn't get that way overnight.

If you want to look at the bright side, as long as Big Al is really working out elsewhere to improve his fitness and strength it's probably not that big of a deal. Let's see, AH's role is to line up as a DE or NT and has to either hold the point of attack or squash a QB..........not exactly rocket science. These capabilities are where he excels so reviewing film and playbook to learn to basic physical tasks are not that big of a deal. if he was a skill position different story. The only thing that matters is his aggressiveness, motivation and fitness in these roles. Better not see any belly flops and hyperventilation when the games start though or we will just do nothing and pay him anyway.

Posted by: Holehoggin | March 21, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth has a bad attitude (and trust us, some do), the coaching staff knows they need the guy because he's one of few elite players on the roster.

By Jason Reid | March 21, 2010; 12:43 PM ET

Good work JR. One slight editing note..

they need the guy because he's the ONLY elite players on the roster.

There now that's more accurate.

Posted by: Diesel44 | March 21, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

My usual routine: 1) look at headline; ... 7) go back to work.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | March 21, 2010 12:45 PM |


1. One less lame-ass blogger to suffer.

2. The off-chance that mebbe the tax-payers will get a teensy weensy more value out of the hard earned $$$ the gov has snatched from them.

Posted by: BlackBagOps | March 21, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: League-Source | March 21, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Jared Gaither 4 Chris Cooley. Good fit both ways. Both are worth a 1st round pick and both have a need.

Posted by: Holehoggin | March 21, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Ya know...that's BS....You get a contract and get paid 41 mill guaranteed...Your Butt should be matter what!....getting paid like that ..he should be saying what do I do for you and where do i line up.

Posted by: leevi98 | March 21, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Never should have signed this turd. Even if he starts playing up to snuff, he's not worth the locker room problems.

For anyone complaining about how the front office is boring and won't sign anyone: Haynesworth is what you get when you rush into things with the checkbook open.

Posted by: lordtwang | March 21, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

It's not like the Redskins payed a lot of money, let alone guaranteed money, for a player to put out as much effort on the field as possible or be a positive influence on other players...

Wait... Sorry. The Redskins did pay a lot for leadership on and off the field. Apparently no one told the person being paid the money that after you get the money, the large salary and guarantee, that you do your part in earning it.

Posted by: Dungarees | March 21, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth is probably at Redskin Park, but nobody can see him becuase he's lying down on the floor...someone, please get him a snuggie
and as for Albert being the key to a 3-4's more like a 3-floor. Opposing runners will just trip over him.

i hope the players finally "get it"

Posted by: boricuabopper | March 21, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

J Reid, your job is to break and report news. We don't need you to confirm, or re-post someone else news. What is your purpose?? Why shouldn't we just follow Kelli Johnson, Mark Maese, J LaC, or PFT?? That seems to be where you get your "news" why shouldn't we???

Get it together !! This is not hate, its fact.

Posted by: MadeRED | March 21, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey Hayneworth, you aren't dealing with Zoron and Cerrato anymore. You are dealing with old school, tough as nails coaches with Shanahan and Haslett. I predict if one of the elite DT's falls to us at 4, which looks highly likely now, we take him and trade or cut Fat Albert for an offensive tackle. Our new coaching staff will not tolerate preferential treatment of players. Portis proved how that can destroy a team!!

Posted by: RedskinJim1 | March 21, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

JReid in the tank for Haynesworth??

Seems so...

Sad when someone's opinion changes depending on who the playe is the speak of.......

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 21, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

"Never should have signed this turd."

Yup, he's a turd in the punchbowl.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | March 21, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Don't cut the check for $21M. Cut his fat ass and draft a high motor Nose Tackle. No Cap Hit. No Locker Room Trouble. It will wake up Mr. Portis and the rest of the guys who think they are indispensible. Mr. Snyder can easily take the cash hit, and at the same time, it send a very important message that will have strong reverberations.

Posted by: donsilvester | March 21, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I was going to say Haynesworth is a turd, but I would have been wrong, the turd should have been Snyder for paying that much money for a guy who can barely play half of a game, but then I would be more wrong, since the turd(s) are the people who pay the money to Snyder to pay this piece of fat the money he does not deserve. LOL. I will watch for free and spend zero dollars on any thing supporting the turds.

Posted by: hock1 | March 21, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

The $21MM bonus is guaranteed. You dont cut a player with +$20MM guaranteed in 2010. He hasn't done anything totally disrespectful to the new regime. The workouts are technically voluntary. Look around the league....plenty of players do not report this early. No time to panic.

Posted by: tramellcanady | March 21, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

As long as Haynesworth is working out with a personal trainer and as long as he is communicating with Allen and Shanahan this is a non issue.....

Posted by: BeatDontStop | March 21, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth is part time out of shape malcontent. Cut him now with no cap hit. There is no way this fat ass will be worth anything if we
ake the playoffs. He'll be injured way before then...... Sigh

Posted by: jjredskins | March 21, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Couple of points here. Shanny and Allen knew Albert was going to do this, so don't you think they would have acted by now if they were dead against it?

Secondly, people calling to cut Albert don't understand his contract at all. He has another $30m in guaranteed money that is protected against his release.

People need to stop jumping off roof tops every time the media reports something that they themselves can't get a true line on.

Posted by: PCinOz | March 21, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Most of you guys need to put down the crack pipe with all of the AH bashing. I'm not a big Haynesworth fan, but he had a huge impact on our defense (especially the pass rush) last season. If he comes to training camp in shape this year we will all be on the AH bandwagon, because he will be super disruptive and will make all of the average players around him better. And yes we have LOTS of average players. Our suspect defensive backfield will also reap the benefits of AH. I think we will all agree that D Hall, and disgruntled C Rogers won't be shut down corners and all of the other DB's we have are unproven. They need the QB to be on his back or to get rid of the ball really fast for them to be successful as a unit. Let's just cross our fingers that AH comes in with a chip on his shoulder and has an unbelievable year?

Posted by: meepres | March 21, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

He is guaranteed nearly $50 millon even if we cut him! I think it would be a good idea to keep the guy around, considering the # of sacks nearly tripled!!!! The only thing that changed was the addition of Fat Al! He draws double and triple teams EVERY down hes in there!!!! Whether you wan to admit it or not, he totally elevated the play of everyone around him when he was on the feild. Can someone please tell me why people want to get rid of all the talented players on our team? Cooley? Davis? Haynesworth? etc...

Posted by: goskinsgo1 | March 21, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm not worried about Haynesworth. Hopefully Haslett uses him (and Orakpo)better than Blache.

Posted by: coparker5 | March 21, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Fat ass should have said, "Personal trainer, I gotta get back to Redskins Park and be with my team." But then he said to himself, "I like the regimen I was on last year, you know, the one where I just plopped on the field, plopped on the sideline, rested whenever I wanted. Vinnie was OK with it. I'm a Vinnie guy." Crap like this is finally the last straw for Snyder regarding Cerrato. 10 years too late.

Posted by: getitritegov | March 21, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan and Allen fired the ENTIRE strength and conditioning staff. During meetings with Haynesworth early on, Fat Albert intimated that the strength and conditioning staff left a lot to be desired and told them that he had already signed on to condition elsewhere because of that. Shanahan and Allen reviewed the staff and got rid of them all. Fat Albert was right. And yes, team management knew he wasn't going to be there after Monday. Non-story by Kelli Johnson.

Posted by: Carl739 | March 21, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I just don't buy the Haynesworth excuses. Yes IT IS a big deal. We'll be hearing lot's more of excuses soon from this bs artist mark my words.

Dude gets a $21 million bonus but can't figure out a way to fully participate in the Redskins offseason training program? Because he supposedly already hired a personal trainer? Fire the trainer then.

Haynesworth supplies another reason for why he doesn't belong here. Time to conjure up an exit plan. Certainly hope he's gone in 2011.

Posted by: Pepper5 | March 21, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Does the word "voluntary" mean anything to you people?? If he really is working out with the guy he trained with before his best season, and shows up in camp in shape and ready to have a great season, all of this becomes one big non-issue.

Posted by: rbpalmer | March 21, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth is an idiot. But then again switching to a 3-4 is itself idiotic considering the solid defense the skins already had in place. Now some of its best players won't be able to play their best game.

Posted by: jblacknj | March 21, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

This is it I am the last time checking WashingtonPost. JC you are the WORST hometime reporter. Your fat and sorry ass needs to go back to West coast. We hate you here.

Posted by: capitolteacher | March 21, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

This is it I am the last time checking WashingtonPost. JR you are the WORST hometime reporter. Your fat and sorry ass needs to go back to West coast. We hate you here.

Posted by: capitolteacher | March 21, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Aren't there any clauses in these "guaranteed" contracts that would prevent acting like a turd??

Posted by: Peaceful2009 | March 22, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Aren't there any clauses in these "guaranteed" contracts that would prevent acting like a turd??

Posted by: Peaceful2009 | March 22, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

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