The latest chapter in the Albert Haynesworth saga should be getting more attention, but the Redskins aren’t in the playoff race and we’ve already grown accustomed to Haynesworth as a rarely-useful backup. Another benching barely phases anyone, even when there are a few inflammatory comments thrown in.
Well, the Redskins are considering a way to get everyone’s attention.
Chris Russell of ESPN 980 in Washington (Dan Snyder’s station) reports that the team is giving “serious consideration” to releasing Haynesworth this week. Russell’s team source says the move is “75% likely.”
Haynesworth was inactive Sunday against the Giants after showing up late to a meeting during the week and missing a practice due to illness.
A release would be an appropriate ending to the Haynesworth-Mike Shanahan marriage. It would essentially be an admittance that the team badly mismanaged the situation all year. They held on to Haynesworth too long, paid him too much, and won’t get a draft pick in return. (Or consistent help from Haynesworth on the field.)
Cutting Haynesworth would simply be giving up, like the Redskins did on the field Sunday.