Albert Haynesworth released a statement regarding his decision to skip mandatory minicamp and request a trade:
"The Washington Redskins are a great and storied franchise with an owner in Mr. Snyder that will do anything in his power to win and a fan base that is unrivaled in the NFL. 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. After many years in the NFL, I know what it takes for me to perform at my highest level. My number one goal has always been to help my team win -period. It's also important at my position to help free my teammates to make plays, which I've done throughout my career when I've been allowed to play to my strengths. I will continue to work individually to prepare for training camp and the start of the 2010 season."
This doesn't really address the two items his agent brought up in an interview with the Washington Post:
- He wants a trade
- He is skipping mandatory minicamp
So the statement is pretty much useless.
Haynesworth's decision will cost him in the neighborhood of $10,000 for skipping the three-day camp.
If he chooses to skip training camp, then he'll really be missing some money. The Redskins would have the option of fining him over $16,000 per day at that point.