[Updated: 9:30 a.m.]
The Washington Redskins have traded disgruntled defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth to the New England Patriots for a fifth-round pick in 2013, three league sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed.
Word of the trade came early Thursday morning as Redskins players began trickling into the team headquarters for training camp physicals. Haynesworth had been scheduled for an 8:30 a.m.physical, according to another person familiar with the situation.
The Redskins hold their first training camp practice at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
Haynesworth’s departure doesn’t come as a surprise as he clashed with Coach Mike Shanahan over the player’s unwillingness to play nose tackle in the 3-4 defense. Interestingly enough, the Patriots run a 3-4 scheme as well.
Redskins players admitted the ongoing saga between player and coach took its toll on them last season.
“I wish it would’ve worked out here with Albert,” linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. “He is one of the most dominant and gifted athletes I have seen. But based on everything that took place, this is probably best for everyone. I wish Albert the best and [hope] he finishes his career on a positive note.”
Linebacker Bryan Orakpo said Tuesday that he hoped Washington found a quick resolution rather than letting Haynesworth become a distraction this season as well.
Washington saves itself a salary cap hit of roughly $5.4 million.
Much more to come.