After weeks of negotiations, after hours of discussions, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has decided not to re-sign with the Tennessee Titans until he first tests the free-agent market, a source said Wednesday.
Thus, other teams will have the opportunity to bid for Haynesworth, who will be one of the most coveted free agents on the market.
Haynesworth still could return to Tennessee, but it will not be anytime before free agency begins Friday, Feb. 27.
A host of teams are expected to bid on Haynesworth, who is hoping to become the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. Haynesworth’s deal could turn out to average about $12 million per year, with guaranteed money north of $30 million.
It might be Tennessee that lands him. But other teams will get their chance.