We found out Wednesday — at least officially — that Albert Haynesworth will report to training camp with the Redskins. It was something Haynesworth had been fully expected to do, but now we know, because it was in a statement.
But what then?
It was just last week that teammates called out Haynesworth when he didn’t report to minicamp. The word “selfish” was used on the record by veteran team leader London Fletcher, leading analyst Charles Davis to suggest that Haynesworth had lost his locker room support.
Presumably, that leaves reconciliation. Everyone has an opinion on this, and rightfully so, but I have to believe if Haynesworth dominates on the field and if the Redskins start winning, much will be forgiven among his peers. That’s two “ifs.” But only they know.
Analyst Marshall Faulk, for one, doesn’t fault Haynesworth’s actions to this point.
“If I’m Albert, I’m going to hold out, because this league is all about production,” Faulk said. “He got paid because of his production in Tennessee. If his production goes down playing the nose tackle, as soon as [the Redskins] can cut him, they’ll release him. Then he doesn’t have the production to go ask for more money from any other team.”
Maybe the middle ground for Haynesworth and the Redskins is a role other than at nose tackle — a point that analyst Brian Baldinger made in a blog earlier today as the best fit for Haynesworth.