Haynesworth angers new coach with absence from mandatory workout

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 12:34pm
Staff reports
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Albert Haynesworth’s willingness to accept payment has cost him credibility with new Washington Redskins’ coach Mike Shanahan.

Haynesworth, the former Tennessee Titans’ defensive tackle, was absent from a mandatory mini-camp on Wednesday after having missed numerous voluntary team activities during the offseason. He has made it known publicly that he is unhappy with the team’s decision to switch to a 3-4 defensive scheme under Shanahan.

“On April 1, when we owed him a check for $21 million dollars, we said, ’If you take that check, we do expect you to be the best defensive end, the best nose tackle – if we play you at free safety, we expect you to be the best free safety,’ even though he’d have to lose a little weight,” Shanahan said following Monday’s workout. “Whatever position we play him at, that he would have to do the best job he possibly could and make the commitment to be the best football player.

“Obviously he took the check.”

Hayneswworth left the Titans as a free agent in March 2009 and signed a $100 million contract with Washington. He had 29 tackles and four sacks in his first season with the Redskins, down from 51 and 8.5 in his final season with Tennessee.

The 28-year-old with more than 100 games of NFL experience issued a statement to Washington D.C.-area media Tuesday night regarding his approach to the current situation.

“When I signed here after meeting all day with the staff and top executives, and talked about the defense that we would run and what my role would be, I was assured I would have the freedom to play to my strengths and I was excited about the future,” he said. “After many years in the NFL, I know what it takes for me to perform at my highest level. … I will continue to work individually to prepare for training camp and the start of the 2010 season.”

Shanahan said he met with Haynesworth shortly after he was hired and at that time afforded him and agent Chad Speck the opportunity to pursue a trade to another team. The stance of the franchise changed, however, upon payment of the April 1 bonus.

“When I first talked with Albert back in February, and got a good feel on how he felt, and sat down and talked with his agent, we let Albert know at that time that we would give him until April 1 to go to any team he wanted to in the National Football League,” Shanahan said. “ … I was surprised he wasn’t here [at mini-camp], because I thought he did make that commitment once he took that check, that he wanted to be a Washington Redskin and he wanted to do the best thing for the Washington Redskins to help our defense and help our team win. Obviously it didn’t go in that direction.”

 

9 Comments on this post:

By: spooktitan on 6/16/10 at 1:59

“When I signed here after meeting all day with the staff and top executives......"

Is Albert insinuating He did indeed have discussions with the Skins before He was supposed too? Just wondering.

Regardless, Albert took $21 million dollars and is unhappy.....poor guy.

By: dargent7 on 6/16/10 at 3:26

Fat slob gets $100. million contract, and in typical ex-Titans fashion, doesn't live up to it.
Jeff Fisher is no Vince Lombardi. He instills NOTHING in these grown up, over paid, spoiled babies.

By: idgaf on 6/16/10 at 7:50

"He has made it known publicly that he is unhappy with the team’s decision to switch to a 3-4 defensive scheme under Shanahan."

He is the player not the coach and when he don't show up when he supposed to he should be fined and fined heavy. The NFL has become a haven for prima donna thugs that need to be out thuged.

By: house_of_pain on 6/17/10 at 6:07

...and in typical d7 fashion...he tries to turn this into a slam on the Titans.
The Titans let him go because they knew this sh*t was coming.
At least give them credit for that.

By: fishfry on 6/17/10 at 8:38

d7 - SO RIGHT! Where do they find these thugs? How can you be a team player if you think you are so darned important? Goodbye Mr Fisher!

By: EquinsuOcha on 6/17/10 at 9:09

Only a complete IDIOT would blame fisher for what Albert is doing..........Are you sure George Bush can't be blamed too?

By: titansfb on 6/17/10 at 12:01

"Jeff Fisher is no Vince Lombardi. He instills NOTHING in these grown up, over paid, spoiled babies."

Jeff Fisher is the COACH not their MOMA and/or DADDY they should have already had good values instilled in them before they reached middle school and high school let alone the NFL and adulthood.
I get so sick of people so quick to put the blame on the head coach when these players act out or get arrested. HE'S THE COACH NOT THEIR KEEPER!!
Thats whats wrong with this world nobody takes responsibility for their own actions and we have become a world where its acceptable to place blame on everyone but the guilty party.

By: JohnGalt on 6/17/10 at 2:52

"Only a complete IDIOT would blame fisher for what Albert is doing..........Are you sure George Bush can't be blamed too?"

Don't worry. d7's working on that post right now.

By: slim53 on 6/17/10 at 3:52

Everybody in this town knew Albert was a Slug and that the second he got paid he would lay down. The guy is totally about Albert. Stomper will never come close to that one good year he had here again but The Redskins kind of deserve it because they were extremely stupid to pay a guy like Albert that kind of money. The man has no integrity. Period...