They’ve already paid him $32 million, so you would think that the Washington Redskins would like to get some return on their investment. But after the talented defensive end failed to report to a mandatory offseason workout after cashing a $21 million bonus check, his teammates are calling him selfish and the team appears ready to part ways.
The issue appears to be that Haynesworth does not want to play nose guard in Washington’s 3-4 defense. He’d rather be the 3-tech in a 4-3, which is what he played last year for Washington.
Washington head coach Mike Shanahan said a trade is possible if Haynseworth returns some if not all of the $21 million bonus the team recently paid him.
Jason Reid of the Washington Post says in this video link that privately the players no longer want Haynsesworth on the team, and he believes that Washington has to move him.
So of course, with Haynesworth seeking a one-way ticket out of Washington, that leads to speculation about his possible landing spots. Would Seattle be interested? They run a 4-3, and have two former Washington assistants in secondary coach Jerry Gray and running backs coach Sherman Smith, who could tell head coach Pete Carroll what to expect.
ESPN’s John Clayton says that the Seahawks would be wise to give up a fifth rounder for Haynseworth now that Washington has paid the bulk of his contract. Clayton said that Haynseworth would be due roughly $5.4 million annually over the next four years of his contract.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com reports on Thursday’s OTA, which was closed to the general media. Cornerback Walter Thurmond was on the field in limited duty for the first time this offseason.
Rod Mar of Seahawks.com offers some good pics from Thursday’s OTA.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post breaks down the OTAs dilemma – they are more physical than they are supposed to be because of the competitive issue, which leads to some veterans blowing the whistle and a team losing a week of practice. But Bowen believes the week missed of practice is a minor setback for the team.
Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports proposes a solution to the NFL’s strip-club problem.
Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News conducts an interesting interview with noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who says athletes are more complicated to take care of than they used to be.