The clips from a very interesting interview recently came across the NFL.com news desk.
In a wide-ranging session on SIRIUS NFL Radio on Thursday, Pro Bowl DT Albert Haynesworth broke down some of the details about his signing with the Redskins just hours into the free-agency period.
Among other things, Haynesworth disclosed that the Buccaneers made him the highest offer, eclipsing his seven-year Redskins contract that includes an NFL-record $41 million guaranteed and could max out at $115 million.
“I could have made more money with Tampa Bay if I really wanted to. That’s positive,” Haynesworth told The SIRIUS Blitz. “They offered me a whole lot more, and then even with their tax situation, it could have been 20 percent more.”
Haynesworth said five teams — the Redskins, Giants, Buccaneers, Falcons and Broncos — all called within the opening hours of free agency. The Redskins, Giants and Bucs all made offers, with the Giants also willing to make Haynesworth the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.
Haynesworth said the Bucs’ initial offer was less than that of the Redskins and Giants, but Tampa Bay came back and offered the largest deal after he already had agreed to terms with Washington.
A selling point for Haynesworth on the Redskins was the size of the Washington market.
“When you look at Washington, they have a lot of the pieces together,” Haynesworth said. “They’re right there. They’re in a huge market. It’s one of the largest markets in the world. … You just have a huge media outlet. It could be life beyond football.”
The interview eventually made its way to the topic of Titans QB Vince Young, whom Haynesworth described as a “really good friend.” Haynesworth said he believes it’s time for Young — who has said, among other things, that he would play elsewhere if he can’t start in Tennessee — to get a fresh start.
“I just don’t see it happening in Tennessee,” said Haynesworth, who spent seven seasons with the Titans. “I think you have to go elsewhere. I’ve been in that organization long enough, and I know about how, kinda when you fall out of the good graces with certain people, that you’re not going to get back in it. …
“I don’t think they’ll trade him, because his cap number is too high. He’ll probably have to do his legacy elsewhere, which I definitely think he can. He’s an awesome quarterback and has amazing talent.”