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Cooley describes Haynesworth as “awful human being”

A. Haynesworth AP

Chris Cooley’s wonderful for many reasons, including but not limited to the fact he tried to work beer into his contract and the fact he’s a renowned potter.

He can add “judge of character” to his Renaissance man resume, after he described former Redskins teammate Albert Haynesworth as “an awful human being.”

During his show on ESPN 980 recently, he brought some Redskins history into a conversation about the awful Gilbert Arenas contract the NBA Wizards were saddled with.

“Every year, every team, someone signs a big contract and then they turn into a piece of dump,” Cooley said, via the Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post.

Asked whether the Arenas deal (six years, $111 million guaranteed) was worse than the one the Redskins gave Haynesworth in 2009 (seven years, $100 million total), Cooley was effusive. Keep in mind, Arenas malingered, brought a gun into the locker room and was suspended by the NBA for 50 games.

“No question, the Haynesworth contract,” Cooley said. “Because he was trying to get released by the team. His goal was to come here, make a large signing bonus, and then get released and not have to do any of the work. He didn’t care about the back end of that contract,  he didn’t care about making all of that money. His idea was, you paid me for what I did in the past, and my goal is to be released as soon as possible and basically take $33 million from you for absolutely nothing. . . .

“His goal from the get-go was to take that money. He also indicated to many players on the team that his new goal was to get released as soon as possible, sign another maybe $10, 12 million contract — that’s verbatim — go somewhere, play for a year and probably get released, and keep that money too. I mean, if it was a player on this team currently, I would not discuss this on the air. But being the player that he was, and the guy that he was around here, this was open [knowledge] among many players in this locker room: that his goal was basically to take money.

“And it’s really unfortunate when that happens. I guess his point to it, or his excuse for it, was well, the leagues steal from all you guys, the leagues won’t pay you your salaries, they won’t give you your money, so I’m gonna get what’s right from them.”

Cooley’s always been open and honest, but hasn’t taken off on fellow players before.

Haynesworth’s play on the field (or lack thereof) speaks to his motives, but hearing a guy who used to work with him describe in such detail makes it that much more egregious.

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  1. logicalvoicesays says: Oct 29, 2013 1:53 PM

    Chris Cooley was the best TE since Shannon Sharpe and Tony Gonzalez. #HTTR

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Oct 29, 2013 1:54 PM

    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!
    Run or pass and score — we want a lot more!
    Beat ‘em, Swamp ‘em,
    Touchdown! — Let the points soar!
    Fight on, fight on ‘Til you have won
    Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!
    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!

  3. westampa says: Oct 29, 2013 1:56 PM

    Maybe he didn’t like playing for a team with a racist name?

  4. gbrown23 says: Oct 29, 2013 1:56 PM

    Well this surprises no one.

  5. dlr4skins says: Oct 29, 2013 1:57 PM

    Good thing for that uncapped year where teams except the Redskins and Cowboys could under- or over-spend without cap implications.

  6. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 29, 2013 1:57 PM

    EXHIBIT A: Jermichael Finley with spine damage and six kids (four he doesn’t see)

    EXHIBIT B: Albert Haynesworth $45,000,000 net worth

  7. jcutlerstoothygrin says: Oct 29, 2013 1:58 PM

    Logical voice says “money well spent.”

  8. eagleswin says: Oct 29, 2013 2:05 PM

    I guess his point to it, or his excuse for it, was well, the leagues steal from all you guys, the leagues won’t pay you your salaries, they won’t give you your money , so I’m gonna get what’s right from them.”

    ——————————

    I don’t think the league has ever bounced a player’s paycheck.

  9. ravioles says: Oct 29, 2013 2:08 PM

    Cooley was a career loser. And LOL at Redskins fans for trying to make the Ravens “HEEAP” chant apply to their tight end’s two syllable last name.

  10. coltzfan166 says: Oct 29, 2013 2:08 PM

    I never once saw the words “awful human being” in Cooley’s dialogue.

  11. titansbro says: Oct 29, 2013 2:10 PM

    I believe this 100%

  12. blacknole08 says: Oct 29, 2013 2:11 PM

    Replace awful with worthless and he would be spot on.

  13. f1restarter says: Oct 29, 2013 2:12 PM

    Haynesworthless.

  14. brenenostler says: Oct 29, 2013 2:13 PM

    Well I’d say he’s an awful human being for stomping on Andrew Gurode’s face. But Cooley has a point too.

  15. apkyletexas says: Oct 29, 2013 2:15 PM

    This points out the disaster that the New England personnel office became after Bill Belichick forced Scott Pioli out.

    Belichick was Haynesworth’s patsy with the add-on one year contract. If Cooley is talking so openly about it, everyone in the league except Belichick must have known about this loser.

    Its a long fall from genius. Belichick is still on his way down.

  16. redeemerac says: Oct 29, 2013 2:16 PM

    Haynesworth is “an awful human being.”?

    Man lands on Moon.
    Water is Wet
    The Sun is Hot.

    Did anybody honestly think that Big Al was anything more than this?

  17. dalcow4 says: Oct 29, 2013 2:22 PM

    “Did anybody honestly think that Big Al was anything more than this?”
    —————————

    Daniel Snyder did.

  18. eaglesnoles05 says: Oct 29, 2013 2:22 PM

    Doesn’t sound like entering into a K in good faith to me…

  19. beerbudsnbevo says: Oct 29, 2013 2:23 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Oct 29, 2013 1:54 PM
    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!
    Run or pass and score — we want a lot more!
    Beat ‘em, Swamp ‘em,
    Touchdown! — Let the points soar!
    Fight on, fight on ‘Til you have won
    Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!
    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!

    ……………………

    2-5

    lol

  20. brenenostler says: Oct 29, 2013 2:24 PM

    * Andre
    (Stupid autocorrect)

  21. sportnorcal says: Oct 29, 2013 2:28 PM

    This article reminded me of Arenas.
    Holy crap he is only 31 and already playing in China?? I thought he was much older.

    What a waste.
    (And Cooley is right, Haynesworth was an ass.)

  22. blong11588 says: Oct 29, 2013 2:28 PM

    @ravioles

    Nothing about the Ravens is original. Cooley is great on the radio btw.

  23. chefjon81 says: Oct 29, 2013 2:32 PM

    Arenas contract was still worse….fully guaranteed for a player that was never one of the top at his position, and that franchise still hasn’t recovered… and as far as I know Albert never threatened a teammate with a handgun.

  24. earpaniac says: Oct 29, 2013 2:32 PM

    Everybody except The Pats AND the Bucs. Don’t forget they claimed him on waivers.

  25. trollsetter says: Oct 29, 2013 2:33 PM

    He’s not as awful as the owner who game him the contract.

  26. awm7353 says: Oct 29, 2013 2:34 PM

    Jay Ratliff is the new Haynesworth.

  27. titansfan53 says: Oct 29, 2013 2:34 PM

    I remember when all of those analysts said that the Titans should pay Fat Albert, because “he is worth the money.” Morons.

  28. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 29, 2013 2:36 PM

    Arenas was top 5 in the league before he tore up his knee. Not sure how you even bring up that contract, regardless of the other stuff after the fact.

  29. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 29, 2013 2:37 PM

    dlr4skins says: Oct 29, 2013 1:57 PM

    Good thing for that uncapped year where teams except the Redskins and Cowboys could under- or over-spend without cap implications.
    ————–

    Still crying about getting nailed for acting like rogues?

  30. azarkhan says: Oct 29, 2013 2:38 PM

    apkyletexas says: This points out the disaster that the New England personnel office became after Bill Belichick forced Scott Pioli out.

    So sorry the Patriots ripped the heart out of the Houston Texans last year in the regular season and in the playoffs. Maybe one day you’ll get over it, but I hope not.

  31. lastdukestreetking says: Oct 29, 2013 2:40 PM

    While Arenas may be a doofus, it was injuries that ended his playing career and not the greed/lazy combo of Haynesworth.

  32. The Shoeman says: Oct 29, 2013 2:53 PM

    Failure is the Redskins!
    Failure is our only Victory!
    Racists on the Warpath!
    Fail for old D.C.!
    Run or pass and score — we cant do!
    Beat ‘em, Swamp ‘em, we can dream ever-more.
    Touchdown! — We will never see!
    Fight on, fight on ‘Til you have ruined the entire team
    Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!
    Failure is the Redskins!
    Fail as much as we can!
    Our GM Shanahan!
    Is building a dynasty . . for the Rams!

  33. trannesotabiqueens says: Oct 29, 2013 2:54 PM

    Top 3 greatest FA signings of the greatest Owners of all time. Only signings that were on par were Bruce smith and Deion sanders.

  34. raaz227httr says: Oct 29, 2013 2:58 PM

    Fair assessment.

  35. patsfansknowitall says: Oct 29, 2013 2:59 PM

    I thought the patriot way was supposed to take reclamation projects and turn them around?

    Are you trying to say that the pats would sign someone despite a shady past in order to win games? And then claim to be duped?

    Outrageous.

  36. alskdh says: Oct 29, 2013 3:07 PM

    “apkyletexas says: This points out the disaster that the New England personnel office became after Bill Belichick forced Scott Pioli out.”

    As a New England fan, this is absolutely true. His handling of Moss, Welker, sanders, Seymour, even Samuel epitomizes this. The o’chocinco move was just as bad.

  37. justintuckrule says: Oct 29, 2013 3:08 PM

    I guess all the Skins’ fans are going to start hating on Cooley because he breached the sacred covenant of divulging lockerroom secrets to the world. I mean, they say Tiki is scum for the same reason right? Hypocrites.

  38. alskdh says: Oct 29, 2013 3:08 PM

    “apkyletexas says: This points out the disaster that the New England personnel office became after Bill Belichick forced Scott Pioli out.”

    As a New England fan, this is absolutely true. His handling of Moss, Welker, sanders, Seymour, even Samuel epitomizes this. The o’chocinco move was just as bad.

  39. Stupid Lions Fan says: Oct 29, 2013 3:09 PM

    trannesotabiqueens says:
    Oct 29, 2013 2:54 PM

    Top 3 greatest FA signings of the greatest Owners of all time. Only signings that were on par were Bruce smith and Deion sanders.

    ____________________________

    Don’t forget about the ransom paid for that turd Adam Archuleta

  40. citizenstrange says: Oct 29, 2013 3:12 PM

    “Every year, every team, someone signs a big contract and then they turn into a piece of dump,” Cooley said
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I like the inoffensive term “dump.” Will I still get my posts deleted if I switch to writing “Once again Roethlisberger dumped the bed?”

  41. 63deuceman says: Oct 29, 2013 3:16 PM

    Hey Hey Hey!

  42. overratedsteelerhater says: Oct 29, 2013 3:16 PM

    who cares about that song!!!Big AL robbed the skins and loved every minute of it… Good luck
    in 2014.HTTR

  43. cursedvikings1998 says: Oct 29, 2013 3:21 PM

    Does anyone remember when Haynesworth basically laid down on the ground while Vick was putting up like a million points on the Redskins? That was a really funny moment lol.

  44. deltaoracle says: Oct 29, 2013 3:31 PM

    So while it can be frustrating that the Packers almost never pursue a big name free agent… it’s probably smart.

  45. 2difshoe says: Oct 29, 2013 3:37 PM

    Mrs. Buttersworth

  46. chawk12thman says: Oct 29, 2013 3:37 PM

    Why teams give such a big signing bonus so often, is a real legitimate question. Explanation on the business (cap space) side of this would be good.

  47. bcgreg says: Oct 29, 2013 3:41 PM

    I am by no means saying that Haynesworth is a good person, but in defense of the Pats, Haynesworth cost them a middle round draft pick and 1.5 million. This is hardly giving Haynesworth another $10-12 million. Haynesworth cut his $5.4 million base to $1.5 to join NE with an incentive laden contract that could have earned him another couple of million. As it turns out, the Pats cut him before the season, so all he cost NE was a draft pick really. The Pats weren’t “duped”. They wound up wasting their time and a pick, but not any real cash.

  48. khenien says: Oct 29, 2013 3:57 PM

    “Replace awful with worthless and he would be spot on.”

    Actually, being that he’s worth tens of millions of dollars he’s definitely not worthless. I think awful is probably more accurate if you want get literal about it.

  49. don2074978 says: Oct 29, 2013 4:02 PM

    I’m shocked… Shocked Albert Haynesworth is an awful human being

  50. tim8450 says: Oct 29, 2013 4:09 PM

    So the Pats are “so stupid” to trade a 5th round pick and a bag of footballs for the guy, basically risk free for 6 games, for 2 tackles and an assist.

    Meanwhile the Skins use the 5th rounder on Brandon Jenkins, a DL with 1 career tackle, after paying Haynesworth 10′s of millions of $ – so still the Pats are pretty much ahead.

    Sometimes you play the suited connectors and they pay off, and sometimes not. Certainly the LaGarrette Blount, Corey Dillon, Randy Moss, Aquib Talib, and Dion Branch (resign) paid off reasonably well.

    @bcgreg: yes.

  51. Grulks says: Oct 29, 2013 4:11 PM

    Sorry Redskins fans, but the team (not you as fans, the team) got what they deserved.

    Had the Skins clearly not tampered with Haynesworth, it’s possible that he doesnt make this kind of money.

    Karma is a vindictive, capricious and ungracious mistress.

  52. jolink653 says: Oct 29, 2013 4:12 PM

    The Patriots traded a later round pick for a guy who had the potential to be the best defensive tackle in football if he had changed his attitude and straightened out…once he showed that he wouldn’t be changing, Belichick dumped him…no harm done, no real loss; so I’d say that trade was well worth the risk and not a Belichick misstep in any way other than it just didn’t work out

  53. orivar says: Oct 29, 2013 4:19 PM

    Albert made his money, that’s all. Get over it. Don’t like it? Too bad. As long as he uses his money right him and his immediately family are set for life. Football legacy or set for life?

    Sorry but I’m going with the latter as I never have to work again, you can keep your probowls and HOF and personal opinions as none of them pay the bills or make it so bills never are a worry again for two generations (more if invest). My point is the NFL is a business and I’m not going to hate on a player that treats it as so. We always hear it when a player gets cut or traded. It’s a business.

  54. ivanpavlov0000 says: Oct 29, 2013 4:44 PM

    I love Chris Cooley! The guy is a riot and he calls them like he sees them.

  55. jziii says: Oct 29, 2013 4:52 PM

    Albert made his money, that’s all. Get over it. Don’t like it? Too bad. As long as he uses his money right him and his immediately family are set for life. Football legacy or set for life?

    Sorry but I’m going with the latter as I never have to work again, you can keep your probowls and HOF and personal opinions as none of them pay the bills or make it so bills never are a worry again for two generations (more if invest). My point is the NFL is a business and I’m not going to hate on a player that treats it as so. We always hear it when a player gets cut or traded. It’s a business.
    ________________________________

    So you consider getting paid but not doing your job an okay thing and just “business?” Can I have your name so I make sure I don’t ever hire you?

  56. joetoronto says: Oct 29, 2013 5:26 PM

    Albert Haynesworth and JaMarcus Russell did the exact same thing, they took the money and ran like the bandits they are.

  57. elcunado1 says: Oct 29, 2013 7:07 PM

    Most amazing to me is that this guy has not already squandered away all of his money and been forced into filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy, aka the Latrell Sprewell. I’m mildly amazed that given his complete and utter laziness on the field but for his two contract years in Tennessee (after being All-Pro in what was supposed to be his contract year in 2007 he was franchised by the Titans in ’08 so he was forced to perform up to his potential for two whole years instead of just one) that CelebrityNetWorth.com calculates his net worth to still be $45 million. Who knows, maybe that fat, lazy, out of shape slob is actually sly like a fox– granted a morbidly obese nearly universally despised fox, but a fox nonetheless. Let’s check back in on him in five years and see how stacked his scrilla is then…

  58. zalayetta says: Oct 29, 2013 7:15 PM

    Haynesworth and Russell were right. Should they suffer for the rest of their life as a result of injuries or take the money and go?

  59. TheWizard says: Oct 29, 2013 7:49 PM

    Its a long fall from genius. Belichick is still on his way down.

    Shouldn’t he at least have a losing season before “the fall” ?

  60. raqaiw says: Oct 29, 2013 9:20 PM

    TheWizard says:Oct 29, 2013 7:49 PM

    Its a long fall from genius. Belichick is still on his way down.

    Shouldn’t he at least have a losing season before “the fall” ?
    __________________________________
    I understand your comment, but there’s only 1 winner at the end of the year, which Bill hasn’t been in nearly a decade. By Bill’s own very high standards, that team has underachieved for at least the last 5 years. Keep in mind that a dropped TD and shanked kick would’ve kept the Pats out of the SB 2 years ago,and without that SB appearance they don’t look nearly as good from a historical perspective.

  61. sportsfan18 says: Oct 30, 2013 4:50 AM

    Hey… Logicalvoicesays…

    Redskins…

    Points for 173

    Points against 229 (in 7 games)

    Most teams have played 8 games… YET only the lowly Jags have given up more points so far this yr.

    The Jags have played 8 games and given up 264 points.

    If the Redskins give up the average points per game, they’ll be at 261 points after 8 games…

    So, if they lay an egg against the Chargers, they might overtake the Jags for the MOST points allowed thru 8 games this year…

    You MUST be so proud.

  62. kastout11 says: Oct 30, 2013 9:09 AM

    Based on his performance before the contract and after, this is the explanation I also came up with. It is awesome to hear it from a teammate though. He was garbage. Snyder has a ton of money and surely will not miss what he paid Haynesworth, well maybe he will miss it a little. It was a lot of money that he did not deserve.

  63. boscoesworld says: Oct 30, 2013 1:12 PM

    When Albert goes broke, and he will go broke he will then get to sponge off of ALL the taxpayers not just the football fans. Think about it.

  64. granadafan says: Oct 31, 2013 12:37 AM

    This is why all contracts should only be about 2-3 years.

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