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Shanahan calls Haynesworth trade talk "speculation"

NFL_shanahan_250.jpgIn a Friday interview with Thomas George of FanHouse, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan addressed the rampant reports that defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was and is available via trade.

“There is nothing to clarify,” Shanahan said.  “It is just speculation.  He’s part of the
organization.  I am just looking for him to come in and work and be like
everyone else.  No, we’re not going to trade him at all, unless someone
gives us something we would have to consider — that’s pretty standard
with any player on your roster.  He’s a pretty smart guy.  He’s really
talented.  I think I can get that out of him.”

And there it is.  “Unless someone gives us something we would have to consider,” a sentiment that directly conflicts with Adam Schefter’s recent report, citing a high-ranking unnamed Redskins official, that Haynesworth “is, and will continue to be, the Redskins’ starting nose tackle.”

Translation?  “You bet your sweet ass he’s available.  We’re just trying to play hard to get in order to maintain a little leverage here.”

And the trade talk is not “speculation.”  Haynesworth definitely was shopped before April 1, when he received $21 million from the Redskins.  And if he definitely wasn’t available now, Shanahan only had to cite the $21 million payment and explain that teams don’t pay that kind of money to guys they want to trade.

Like Eagles coach Andy Reid, who proclaimed in January that Donovan McNabb would be the starting quarterback (and not of the Redskins), Shanahan can’t say in response to a question regarding Haynesworth’s status, “Yeah, we’re done with this guy.  He got paid, and now he’s a load.  I had a guy like that in Denver, Daryl Gardener.  Sometimes it’s better to just cut your losses and move on.”

The latest rumor we’ve heard in this regard is that Shanahan has asked owner Daniel Snyder for permission to move Haynesworth notwithstanding the recent balloon payment.  Said one league source as we attempted to corroborate the rumor, “Shanahan already has permission to trade him.”

The question remains whether someone will help the Redskins solve a major potential headache involving a guy who wants no part of the nose tackle position in a 3-4 defense.  At three years, $16 million, the contract makes sense.  The sticking point will be the compensation to the Redskins — and the amount of the refund from Haynesworth that the Snyder would want.

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30 Responses to “Shanahan calls Haynesworth trade talk "speculation"”
  1. G MACK says: Apr 9, 2010 5:57 PM

    haynesworth to DETROIT…..black n blue will be a monster division next year

  2. Gautam says: Apr 9, 2010 6:09 PM

    No Florio, the lawyer in you missed the crucial part – “that’s pretty standard with any player on your roster”.
    If Brett Favre can be traded from the Green Bay Packers, then anybody can…

  3. Drat says: Apr 9, 2010 6:15 PM

    Florio can never get over the fact that poker players play poker. He thinks he’s discovered this.

  4. TheGuyWhoToldTimTebowToShutTheFup says: Apr 9, 2010 6:15 PM

    He wants no part of it because he takes plays off.

  5. hitman127 says: Apr 9, 2010 6:15 PM

    haynesworth back with KVB in a three dt rotation would be sick….then use the 2nd overall on derrick morgan for one of the best dlines in the game today

  6. Cincinnasty says: Apr 9, 2010 6:23 PM

    He’s getting paid to play football .. He need’s to shut his mouth and play football.. Regardless of what defense they have him in..

  7. kingfenris69 says: Apr 9, 2010 6:33 PM

    Gardner is a terrible comparison, he had back problems and while he was a beast for the skins he was pretty much done when he signed with denver. Haynesworth is younger and hasnt been a bust no matter how many of these stupid articles say otherwise.

  8. Raiders757 says: Apr 9, 2010 6:33 PM

    So, once again your trying to twist the words of someone to help prove that the media is right, even though they really weren’t.
    I wouldn’t doubt Fat Albert was shopped before April 1st. The thing is, you media types keep claiming he’s still up for trade and have no real proof that he is. His own head coach just said that he wasn’t, unless an offer they would truly have to consider came across the table, which can pretty much be said about most every other player in the NFL.
    What I get out of this, is that the Skins were shopping him before his huge bonus, but since that time has come to pass, they are no longer doing so.
    I’m just glad your calling Shanahan’s asking the owner for permission to move him as a rumor, instead of hiding behind a bogus unnamed source and claiming it to be fact. That’s the way it should be done.

  9. DatSkinzDude78 says: Apr 9, 2010 6:33 PM

    I respect the 3 – 4 scheme but why change something that is already effective. 11 sacks a piece from Carter and Orakpo. 2008 the Redskins finished #24 in teams sacks; in 2009 they finished #9. Haynesworth was a big part of this despite missing games. The Redskins do not have the personnel or drafts picks for the scheme to be effective. I would hate to see McNabb upgrade the offense while running the 3 – 4, with a potential ineffective Haynesworth, kill the defense.

  10. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Apr 9, 2010 6:38 PM

    Let me help you out here Mike S. : Trade Albert and your 2nd round pick (#37) to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for 280 lb. athletic run stoppin’ DE Jamaal Anderson and the Falcons 1st round pick (#19). If S LaRon Landry doesn’t butter your bread either throw him in and get in return S Erik Coleman and WR Michael Jenkins. Start your first Redskins draft on the right foot babe and get ‘er done.

  11. dogma1 says: Apr 9, 2010 6:38 PM

    Nothing this team does works out, the Redskins are just a mess.

  12. ham1 says: Apr 9, 2010 6:42 PM

    DatSkinzDude78:
    if it works dont fix it. WTF

  13. Beauregard says: Apr 9, 2010 6:43 PM

    Brandon Marshall for Albert Haynesworth.
    You take my pain in the ass and I’ll take yours.
    Marshall is back with Shanny. Haynesworth covers the middle while Dumerville rushes the outside.
    Problem solved. Now lets go to the draft.

  14. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Apr 9, 2010 7:01 PM

    “directly conflicts with Adam Schefter’s recent report, citing a high-ranking unnamed Redskins official, that Haynesworth “is, and will continue to be, the Redskins’ starting nose tackle.””
    No it doesn’t. Read what it says – Haynesworth is the starting NT. True statement…today. Haynesworth will continue to be the starting NT….until he isn’t.
    Read what they said carefully, the statement seems specifically crafted to be true as worded while being essentially meaningless.

  15. lurch's nyquil says: Apr 9, 2010 7:05 PM

    Say what you want about Dan Snyder….. Name me another owner that would pay a fat turd money like that , then say yeah, Shanny no problem get his fat ass out of here.

  16. LewD says: Apr 9, 2010 7:17 PM

    this situation is why Bill Parcells severely restricts access to his GM and coach … in fact he has only given one press “opportunity” since his hire 2+ YEARS AGO.

  17. diesel says: Apr 9, 2010 7:33 PM

    Fat Albert + Campbell to the Raiders for Asomugha and picks/other compensation.

  18. MagicMan407 says: Apr 9, 2010 7:39 PM

    This goes with any player without saying. Look at Mcnabb if you get the right price for a player you will trade him. I dont think they just give away a guy who has been paid so much. These are smart business (maybe not football smart) guys and with an investment like Haynesworth you dont just get rid of him. You wait until someone gives you something that gives you some sort of return on your investment. Talk all you want about Haynesworth but he is still an effective player who we all hate for his I do what I want attitude. But face it he is still a beast and its going to take a heck of a deal to get him.

  19. Big J says: Apr 9, 2010 7:40 PM

    I might hit the lottery tomorow. Your translation: I should start spending like a druken sailor tonight.

  20. oldskool says: Apr 9, 2010 7:45 PM

    “Beauregard says:
    April 9, 2010 6:43 PM
    Brandon Marshall for Albert Haynesworth.
    You take my pain in the ass and I’ll take yours.
    Marshall is back with Shanny. Haynesworth covers the middle while Dumerville rushes the outside.
    Problem solved. Now lets go to the draft.”
    Trading a guy that doesn’t want to play in a 3-4 to a team that plays a 3-4? The fact that Denver runs a 3-4 makes this trade absolute nonsense.

  21. downwithdansnyder says: Apr 9, 2010 7:46 PM

    I think what he means is, yes he’s available. Just like EVERY player we have. You want to be stupid and give us 3 #1 picks for Player A, then he’s for “sale”. Every player on every team has his price. You think the Steelers would take 3 #1 picks for Ben (I can’t understand what no means) Rothlesberger? You bet your a$$ they would. Everyone is available.

  22. Big J says: Apr 9, 2010 7:50 PM

    Isn’t this great? We have a 4 and 12 team that the media just can’t get enough of. If they win 6 games this year we can just stop talking about any other team all together. We can change the league to the RFL. Redskins Football League.

  23. NFLMMAfan says: Apr 9, 2010 7:54 PM

    Shanny says,
    “I think I can get that out of him.”
    Fat Albert says,
    “Oh shit, this means I can’t lay down this year!”

  24. DeeDubb says: Apr 9, 2010 8:37 PM

    Shanny can call it whatever he wants just as long as they send that fat piece of sh*t outta DC.

  25. Beauregard says: Apr 9, 2010 11:05 PM

    # oldskool says: April 9, 2010 7:45 PM
    “Trading a guy that doesn’t want to play in a 3-4 to a team that plays a 3-4? The fact that Denver runs a 3-4 makes this trade absolute nonsense.”

  26. McWest says: Apr 10, 2010 12:56 AM

    “Let me help you out here Mike S. : Trade Albert and your 2nd round pick (#37)”
    OOPS, SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK. The Skins traded their 37th pick to the Eagles as part of the McNabb trade. You’ll have to come up with another solution. The Skins also used their 2010 3rd round pick to take Jarmon in the 2009 supplemental draft. They don’t have a whole lot of ammo in the way of draft picks this year.

  27. FumbleNuts says: Apr 10, 2010 12:01 PM

    Fat Albert would be a great fit for the Detroit Lions.

  28. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Apr 10, 2010 12:06 PM

    Damn baby, destiny is evading the sure to be successful pairing of Albert Haynesworth to the Falcons D-line. Back to the original plan: Albert to the Falcons for DE Jamaal Anderson, the Falcons 3rd round pick (#83), & a conditional 2011 draft pick. Also Mr. Shanahan kind sir go ahead and add LaRon Landry and get back S Erik Coleman AND big bad WR Michael Jenkins. Time is ticking to the draft Shanny, no pressure though (tick,tick,tick…)…

  29. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Apr 10, 2010 3:20 PM

    #92 needs to B A Falcon, it’s written in the stars. Peria Jerry will miss a lot of time again!

  30. Bious says: Apr 10, 2010 6:26 PM

    Everyone and their mother know the Skins are trying to trade Haynesworth

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