As players trickled into Redskins Park on Tuesday, one face we haven’t seen yet is that of Albert Haynesworth. But it would be a surprise if he doesn’t arrive before training camp formally begins. His teammate Vonnie Holliday said he spoke with Washington Coach Mike Shanahan about Haynesworth shortly after the 2010 season ended.
“If [Shanahan] doesn’t get a significant trade, I think Big Al is going to be there,” Holliday said Tuesday on the 106.7 The Fan.
That’s essentially what we’ve been hearing about Haynesworth since last season ended. Teams were able to begin trade negotiations at 10 o’clock Tuesday morning, so theoretically, there could be Haynesworth news at any moment. More likely: Shanahan doesn’t get an offer he finds acceptable — similar to the early part of last season — and Haynesworth has to show up at Redskins Park, if he wants to get paid.
“I’m hoping throughout this whole process, that he’s grown,” Holliday said of Haynesworth. “I know he’s been frustrated by a lot of things . . . it’s going to be interesting. I’m just hoping we can avoid a soap opera once again playing out.”
As for Holliday, he’s among a handful of vets who are especially aware that Thursday evening is when teams will begin making cuts. Holliday, who represented Redskins players in labor negotiations, is hopeful he’ll have a spot in Washington for another season.
“I’m always pretty confident in myself. I don’t want to sound too cocky,” he said. “I’ve played this game for a long time. I’m still excited about football, still excited about getting back in camp, strapping on those pads, getting back with my teammates. That’s what keeps me going.
“I feel right now, I’m in some of the best shape I’ve been in.”