Even though the the Redskins are going to try to get back some of the 21 million dollar bonus they paid Albert Haynesworth earlier this year — that money might just be gone for good. According to The Post:
Haynesworth consulted with the NFL Players Association before deciding to skip the team’s mandatory minicamp this week to ensure that his bonus was safe. The current CBA would seem to prevent the Redskins from going after any of the bonus that was already paid to Haynesworth. The Redskins cut a check on April 1 for $21 million, which is believed to be the largest single check issued to a player in league history. But according to the ESPN report, the specific language in Haynesworth’s contract and his decision to skip out on the team’s offseason activities might give the team an opening to get back some of the money.
According to the story, a “knowledgeable NFL source that reviewed Haynesworth’s contract and the collective bargaining agreement Wednesday morning said this issue is ‘open to interpretation’ now that the defensive tackle has declined to report to a mandatory minicamp and the Redskins are expected to pursue whatever money they can. The source added, ‘this is the type of case where a longshot may be given an extra hard look because it is so egregious.’”
So even in the best case interpretive scenario…. the money is likely all or nearly gone. The Redskins chances of getting their hands on some of that money is akin to a “longshot” according to a knowledgeable NFL source on the situation.
This does not bode well for GM Bruce Allen’s rookie season, none whatsoever. And it looks even worse for Vinny Cerrato who oversaw this deal in the first place.
In all likelihood, $20 Million Dollars just vanished into thin air without a trace…. that’s one heck of an illusion.