Titans aren’t pushing NFL to open Haynesworth tampering investigation

Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 12:00am

The Albert Haynesworth tampering incident was back in the news this week with a Yahoo Sports report that the NFL had officially opened an investigation into the matter.

If so, where does that leave the Tennessee Titans in all of this?

Well, officially with no comment on the matter — the same thing that NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told The City Paper during an inquiry about the matter this week.

Indications are that the Titans don’t really have a real desire to push the issue for their own gain. In other words, they’re not expecting to be rewarded with an extra draft pick in the matter, even if it is proven that Washington tampered with Haynesworth, who signed a record-setting $100 million deal with the Redskins just five hours into free agency.

Tennessee still has not filed a written formal complaint in the matter, according to sources, even as the report surfaced of the ‘reopened’ investigation.

Remember, too, that according to a City Paper report earlier, the Titans never really budged off a four-year, $34 million offer made to Haynesworth during their exclusive negotiating window. So, it isn’t as if any alleged contact between Haynesworth’s camp and the Redskins thwarted a deal in Tennessee for the defensive tackle to stay.

The Titans appear quite content to allow NFL investigators to determine if the circumstantial evidence in the matter amounts to any wrongdoing, and the issue is not one Tennessee’s front office appears to be wringing its hands on either.

Still, if it is somehow proven that the allegations are true, there probably would be at least a small sense of satisfaction at Baptist Sports Park, even if it means nothing more for the Titans than a gratifying “I told you so.”

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7 Comments on this post:

By: jwk6179 on 5/28/09 at 9:18

I think "Tampering" with NFL free agents has been going on since the onset of free agency in the NFL. Every year, a BIG NAME FREE AGENT signs with another NFL just hours after Free Agency opens, yet NONE of the OTHER 31 NFL make a big deal about another NFL "TAMPERING" with their players, ONLY THE TITANS AND THEIR CRYBABY FANS!! Didn't the Titans sign Yancy Thigpen from the Pittsburgh Steelers just a hour or two after he became a FREE AGENT 10 years ago. How did they get that deal done in such a short time if they WEREN'T TAMPERING?

By: house_of_pain on 5/28/09 at 9:29

The Titans have not filed a complaint, jwk. If you could read, you might have seen that.
Any ongoing investigation is being lead by the NFL.

By: jwk6179 on 5/28/09 at 10:03

Maybe not now, but the Titans were the ones complaining about Tampering after Haynesworth signed with the Redskins, as it was reported by the SPORTS MEDIA in Nashville.

By: house_of_pain on 5/28/09 at 10:33

Ah yes, the omniscient sports media. No way they could be wrong.
Looks like you got me on that one. Curses, foiled again!
BTW, Terry, Haynesworth is gone. Let's move on, shall we?

By: TnTitanJoe on 5/28/09 at 1:26

Yes, let's please move on. Albert has played his best year of football and the Titans are no longer stuck with him.

By: jwk6179 on 5/28/09 at 1:33

George Plaster, Hope Hines, Mark Howard, Jim Wyatt, John McLaine and even Terry McCormick were some of members of the Nashville Sports Media that stated the Titans HAD ASKED the NFL to look into "Possible Tampering " by the Redskins with the signing of Albert Haynesworth. This was what these members of the media were stating back in March.

Also, if you read the atricle above, it states the Titans have no desire to push the issue for their OWN gain.

By: TITAN1 on 5/28/09 at 1:50

jw, why don't you move on to something you know about and stop worrying about OUR Titans. You are one of the biggest whiners that posts here. Yes, I know it would be hard to find something that you know about.