Shanahan says there have been no Haynesworth trade talks, at all

This is the time of year when usually unbelievable NFL head coaches become even less believable.

And so it’s no surprise that Redskins coach Mike Shanahan now says not only that defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth isn’t available via trade, but also that the team has not discussed trading any player on the roster since Shanahan joined the organization.

“There has not been one mention about trading Haynesworth or any other
player on this football team since I’ve been here,” Shanahan said, according to Jason Reid of the Washington Post.  “The
only person that I’ve allowed to talk to other teams is Jason Campbell.  I
want to get a good feel of the people that we have on this team.  I’m
not looking to trade anyone on this team.”

Hey, if you’re gonna lie, you may as well lie big.

Apart from Adam Schefter’s April 7 report that strongly implied — if not outright stated — that Haynesworth was shopped before earning a $20 million bonus on April 1, we’ve heard from multiple sources that, indeed, the Redskins were trying to trade Haynesworth before that date.  Others have reported that he remains available.

Of course, Shanahan likely doesn’t care whether the rest of us don’t believe him.  He has only one person in his intended audience:  Albert Haynesworth.  And with no one apparently offering much for the erstwhile nine-figure player in the days preceding the draft, Shanahan needs to get Haynesworth to realize that he’s not going anywhere.

And if Shanahan is the bad cop, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is the good cop. 

“Albert is a guy that we’d love to have here,” Haslett said, per Reid.  “We’d love to have him now.  He’s a very talented
player, a very smart player, a guy that can play almost any position.

“I think he’s athletic enough to play anything.  And when he does
show, he’s going to have to pay all three positions and nickel and dime.  He’ll play tackle, he’ll play end.  Hopefully, he comes soon because
there is a lot to learn.  But I’m exited about the opportunity to work
with him.”

Bottom line?  As the Redskins install a 3-4 defense, they need Haynesworth to start learning his new position, whether it’s nose tackle, defensive end, or a combination of the two, as soon as possible.  His absence will serve only to make things more awkward when Haynesworth shows up, and it’ll make the transition even harder, both for Haynesworth and for the team.

For now, Shanahan is trying to get Haynesworth to realize that staying away won’t result in the player being traded.  The sooner he realizes that, the better off both sides will be.

Unless, of course, the Lions or the Titans step up with a good offer — and if Haynesworth is willing to cough up a large piece of that $20 million he just received.

21 responses to “Shanahan says there have been no Haynesworth trade talks, at all

  1. Haynesworth needs to go rape some chic or assualt somebody and Pittsburgh will be calling to make a trade!

  2. Haynesworth’s a bum. Way to sign a giant contract and then still not do anything for your team

  3. I have a different theory: Haynesworth already knows nobody else wants him in a trade due to his agent’s updates and wants to make it look like he was never on the market since he’s already resigned to staying.
    Just another possibility.

  4. Let me fill this in the status quo. “Albert FatA$$, ha Redskins are bums, everyone are they’re(sic) team are bums. HA! 4-12” Now my response, Haynesworth can miss voluntaries, if he’s not good at the mandatories then get rid of him. HTTR! 9-7

  5. You said it Florio: “Hey, if you’re gonna lie, you may as well lie big.”
    Give him a polygraph. That dude would trade his 15,000sf Cherry Hills (CO) home for a pair of shoulder pads if he thought it would help him win.
    That’s why we loved him–he wanted to win and made moves (he *thought* would help him) to do just that.

  6. Did Haslett really say they would love to have him now?
    Or did he say “we’d love to have him, now”, as in “now that we know we can’t deal him”?

  7. If Big Al would accept his role as a nose guard, he has the potential to be one of the best. He will eat up 3 blockers. If the Redskin’s LB are worth anything they will reap the rewards though. They will also probably win ballgames because of it.

  8. Look at all the madden homo’s dude’s get a clue. When I looked up a picture of “bum” I saw all you little madden dorks playing your video game in your mommy’s house. The Redskins defense was not a part of the problem last season. Ranking in the top 10 just about lke every year. But, the offense was horrible. Haynesworth was a big reason the Redskins defensive ends tee’d off on Qbs last season.

  9. No one wants Haynesworth so you better spin it. Just like Any Reid said McNabb is my QB. Do you really believe anything these coaches say

  10. …and everyone knows that they are full of crap when they say that.
    I am surprised that they can do it with a straight face, but I guess they get a lot of practice.

  11. Another hypothesis would be that Shanahan is trying to make other teams think the Redskins don’t really want to trade Haynesworth in order to try to recover some of his trade value, trade value that declined significantly when the news that they tried to dump him on Philly surfaced.

  12. Haynesworth is a bum, till he’s on your team, then it’s “Oh watchout, we’ll have one of the best D-lines in football . . .” The hypocrisy is staggering.

  13. Florio, please stop with this complete BS.
    No one else wants this lazy, overpriced POS, & he is not giving any $ back.

  14. The Lions need to line up Fat Albert next to Suh and every player on the defense will be better.

  15. Haynesworth was a steal. Orakpo and Carter both had more than 10 sacks each! He was getting triple teamed to free up everyone else. Anyone who thinks AH didn’t do his job is crazy!

  16. Haynesworth was a steal. Orakpo and Carter both had more than 10 sacks each! He was getting triple teamed to free up everyone else. Anyone who thinks AH didn’t do his job is crazy!
    He did well when he felt ‘well’. He might want and even play better as a DT or even DE? Who knows, but he could really do well at NT too if he would be WILLING.

  17. After he replaced Tom Flores as the Raiders HC he caught Howie Long sitting on his helmet and chewed his ass out. Considering Long is a 8X All Pro (5x when it happened) it was big mistake and he lost the Locker Room and ultimately Al “just win baby” Davis. But thats the Raiders and this is the Redskins.

  18. Here is another alternative, all those stories were unfounded rumours, smoke without fire. Maybe all those journalists were listening to sources that were either guessing or flat out lying and don’t really have any knowledge of what is really going on within the Redskins front office.
    These stories proliferate. One person comes out saying that Haynesworth is on the trade block, and then suddenly all the other news networks have to find sources to say the same thing so that they report the story and claim it as their own.

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