Albert Haynesworth would like trade from Redskins, will skip minicamp

Scenes from Redskins Park, where washington introduced its top selection, Trent Williams, and from New York's Radio City Music Hall, site of the NFL draft.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Redskins Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, contending that the team has broken promises to him, will not attend the team's mandatory minicamp that begins Wednesday morning and wants to be traded, his representative said Tuesday night.

Haynesworth no longer trusts the Redskins because high-ranking team officials, who aggressively pursued the two-time all-pro during the 2009 offseason, made assurances that have not panned out about Haynesworth's role and how he would be permitted to play, agent Chad Speck said.

Coach Mike Shanahan and General Manager Bruce Allen should strongly consider moving the eight-year veteran, Speck said.

"The Redskins are trying to establish a new regime with new schemes at Redskins Park, and it is not an organization that Albert would have ever been attracted to just a short year ago -- regardless of the money," Speck said in a phone interview. "He has made it clear to me that he does not want to play for the Washington Redskins.

"This situation will be a distraction to the Redskins and to Albert and his teammates. I am certain Mike and Bruce want to get the most out of their first year and it's probably in everyone's best interests for the Redskins to make a deal and trade Albert."

Reached Tuesday evening, Redskins Senior Vice President Tony Wylie said, "We're preparing for minicamp, so Coach Shanahan will address your question tomorrow."

Contacted in an effort to confirm Haynesworth still planned to attend the two-day mandatory event, Speck said Haynesworth "definitely" would not be at Redskins Park for Washington's final tune-up before training camp in late July.

Haynesworth, whom the Redskins have explored trading since he reaffirmed in January he did not want to play nose tackle or any position in a 3-4 defense, issued a statement through Speck explaining his reasoning for a decision that could prompt the organization to take disciplinary action against him.

"The Washington Redskins are a great and storied franchise, with an owner in Mr. [Daniel] Snyder that will do anything in his power to win and a fan base that is unrivaled in the NFL," the statement read. "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."

Despite conflicts over Haynesworth's role in the new defense, Speck said Haynesworth's desire to leave Washington after only one season is rooted more in his belief that he was lied to from the beginning of his relationship with the team. Snyder led the Redskins' pursuit of Haynesworth, according to people in the organization at the time, assuring Haynesworth he would be allowed to play aggressively.

The top free agent in the 2009 class, Haynesworth eliminated teams that primarily utilized 3-4 schemes.

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