Albert Haynesworth hasn't been talking much (his teammates have) but the story making the rounds is that he's not too happy about being moved into the nose tackle role which is a lot less glamorous and more physically demanding.
The Redskins reportedly shopped him at some point this offseason but having already paid him over $30 million, it was hard to come up with a deal that works for both sides.
According to the Washington Post citing anonymous sources, the efforts to trade Haynesworth haven't stopped and they would still prefer to move the big defensive tackle.
Haynesworth's actions will put "a strain on the coaches" because "it will take a lot of individual time and work" to get him up to speed, Haslett said. Obviously, the situation is not ideal for the Redskins, but "there's nothing you can do about it. ... It's not right, it's just the way it is."
That said, preferring to trade someone and actually trading someone are two different things. Haynesworth's public perception isn't exactly at a high point and he does have a big contract. The Titans were reportedly interested at one point and, despite Jeff Fisher's public denials, the thinking was that a third round pick could've gotten the deal done.
Here's why Haynesworth will come out as a villain in this situation: The Redskins are switching to the 3-4 defense which comes with a completely new set of terminology that current Redskins have spent months learning. And Haynesworth has only showed up for one day of those sessions this offseason despite being paid over $30 million in the last 16 months.
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