The Washington Redskins apparently remain willing to trade defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth. Before they’ll do it, however, the price paid for the $100 million (not really) man will have to be right.
Jason Reid of the Washington Post reports that coach Mike Shanahan is not expected to part with Haynesworth unless and until Shanahan gets “exactly what he wants” in return.
The Titans, per Reid, are willing to offer a fourth-round pick. It’s believed that Shanahan wants a second-round selection.
At one point, it also was believed that the Redskins would want back from Haynesworth some of the $20 million he was paid on April 1. In recent weeks, however, the concept of a partial financial reimbursement has not been mentioned as a key term for any trade.
One thing that could get a team to give Shanahan what he wants would be a season-ending injury to a starting tackle in a 4-3 defense. With four weeks of football action to go until the October 19 trade deadline, it could happen.
And if it does, it could prompt the Titans to immediately increase their offer in the hopes of getting Haynesworth before the team that just lost a defensive tackle makes a play for him.
Haynesworth played for the Titans for seven years, performing at a mediocre-to-average level until 2007, when he became an All-Pro as he chased a new contract. He duplicated that performance the next year as a franchise player, and he signed with the Redskins as a free agent in early 2009 a contract worth, as a practical matter, $48 million over four years. If traded, his new team would have him for three years and less than $16 million; his compensation for 2013 most likely would result in a termination of his current deal.