There’s a mix of emotion today when it comes to Albert Haynesworth and his future in Washington. Sunday the Skins and coach Mike Shanahan decided they didn’t want Haynesworth on the field, and the coach went ahead and deactivated the high-priced defensive tackle.
“Coach made the decision not to dress him,” linebacker London Fletcher told The Washington Post, “so that’s the decision they made.”
Following the game, Haynesworth said he “was ready to play,” and denied reports that he argued with Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett after the team scratched him from the game.
As for his future, today he is in the locker room, and high-ranking people in the organization do not expect him to be cut. But never say never, as right now at 5-7, the Redskins are going to start thinking about the future, and there’s no doubt that Haynesworth involvement with that future is on shakier ground than ever.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the ‘Skins will not be giving up on Haynesworth. Despite how little production and effort Haynesworth has given Shanahan this season, cutting him would essentially be doing the backup defensive tackle a favor. By the end of this season, the Redskins will have paid Haynesworth $36.5 million for two seasons.
“I ain’t worried about Albert,” said linebacker Brian Orakpo. “I don’t really want to talk about it. Hopefully he can come back next week and help us next week.”
That’s if he’s still on the team.