It’s becoming more apparent as the story unfolds that Albert Haynesworth doesn’t have a future with the Washington Redskins.
Haynesworth, who already has been paid $32 million of his seven-year, $100 million contract signed last year — including a $21 million bonus in April — has formally demanded a trade from the Redskins. Mike Shanahan, meanwhile, implied the Redskins might be willing to let Haynesworth walk if he returns all — or at least some — of that bonus.
That sets the scene for the impasse between the Redskins and Haynesworth. Spinning forward, it feels safe that we can begin to speculate and connect some dots as to where Haynesworth could end up if the situation with no easy solution doesn’t get solved.
Throughout the offseason, the list of potential suitors for Haynesworth has centered on the Titans, Lions and Vikings. Each team runs a 4-3 defense, and it could be argued each has a need for a defensive tackle. As NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora noted in his weekly chat with fans Wednesday, all three of those teams have discussed the possibility internally at various points this offseason.
Haynesworth has relationships with head coach Jeff Fisher and defensive line coach Jim Washburn in Tennessee. His former coordinator, Jim Schwartz, is the head coach in Detroit. And the Vikings figure to be in line for an eventual replacement for Pat Williams.
As for the market for Haynesworth, it could be limited. Both La Canfora and fellow insider Michael Lombardi see the list of interested teams — for now — at the above three. La Canfora maintains he doesn’t see a team giving up more than a third-round pick in return for Haynesworth.
Now that Haynesworth has the bonus, he’s scheduled to make a reported $9 million in guaranteed base salary the next two seasons. An interesting question is what impact his recent actions will have on what teams are willing to part ways with in terms of compensation.
La Canfora — who has been all over this story from the jump — calls the Titans the favorite. I know he will be filing a longer piece on the situation on Thursday, so be on the lookout for that.