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Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

Posted on: September 2, 2011 3:43 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's hard to believe, especially if you don't have any, but apparently money doesn't guarantee happiness. The latest evidence comes courtesy of Albert Haynesworth, the man the Redskins saw fit to sign to a seven-year, $100 million contract (including $41 million in guarantees) prior the 2009 season, only to bench him for most of 2010 before trading him to the Patriots this offseason for a 2013 fifth-round pick.

On Thursday, Haynesworth took the field as a Patriot for the first time all preseason and showed glimpses of what makes him one of the most disruptive defensive tackles in football. After the game he was unusually ebullient, no doubt happy about his great fortune, both financially (thanks, Dan Snyder!) and personally (thanks, Bill Belichick!). 

"To me, it's a career-saving place for me to come," Haynesworth said, according to "I had no idea it would be like this, but it's unbelievable, and I wish I took two years ago and came here."

When asked about the differences between Washington and New England, Haynesworth didn't hesitate.

"You name it." He continued: "You don't have to watch your back or anything like that," he said about playing for the Patriots. "You know everybody is here for you, and I really enjoy that. I know my head coach is for me. I know my owner is for me. I know my players are for me. I feel relaxed. I'm having fun again. I'm having fun playing football again."

You often hear the cliche that "a change of scenery" can be good for a player's career and Haynesworth is living, breathing proof. And it would make for a heartwarming story if not for all the Redskins' fans still bitter about Haynesworth quitting on the team.

Take the Washington Post's Dan Steinberg, for example. He has trouble reconciling the new Big Al with the guy who spent two years in DC collecting a paycheck and not much else. He found this quote from Haynesworth particularly irksome.

“Well, you know what, all said and done, hell, I’d give that money back and then come here," he said Thursday night, when talking about signing with the Redskins.

Cue Steinberg:
Sure he would. The man who accepted that 2010 option bonus even when he knew he would subsequently refuse to play the position the Redskins wanted him to play while throwing away a year of his prime would just give back that money to go elsewhere.
If there's a lesson here it's this: Skins owner Dan Snyder must be stopped. Haynesworth is clearly at fault for his no-show performance in DC, but he never should've been signed in the first place. But building the roster like you're playing Madden has been a hallmark of the Snyder era, and predictably, it's been a disaster. Hopefully that changes permanently under general manager Bruce Allen. Either way, the fans have every right to be angry.

There is a silver lining of sorts. Whatever happens, Big Al ain't coming back to Washington. "If God forbid I got cut from this team, yeah, I know I can go out there and play for another team, but I feel like this is going to be my last place that I'm going," he said.

So there's that.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:26 pm

Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

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Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 9:28 pm

Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

R Smash, if that is true then absolutely he's the worst of the worst. But I did hear on local radio out here in VA, (Steve Czaban has a local show in DC), that the Redskins did in fact already owe him that money.
That doesn't change the fact that Haynesworth could have acted like a normal person and said, "hey, i don't really want to play the middle, but I'll do whatever is needed to help the team". I think that's what 99% of normal people would have done.

Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2011 3:04 pm

Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

The guy just stole about $40 million from the Redskins.  He'd be happy in a hell hole.

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: September 3, 2011 2:26 pm

Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

This is the problem with Guaranteed contracts.  Albert knew what kind of defense the Redskins ran, but signed anyway.  He got his money and then tanked it.  Im in no way an elite athlete but show some pride.  I like the Patriots and I hope it works out.  Albert got lucky.

Now he needs to show the respect to the NFL and himslef and play like he can....IMO

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: September 3, 2011 1:02 pm

Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

im a packers fan. and i appreciate the way the pats to do business. the pats and packers run the business the same way. why overpay for someone. when you can get the same production out of your other players.

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2011 11:25 am

Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

It is true that Seymour was traded because of Cap room and money.  I liked R Seymour a lot but the way the Pats do things makes a lot of sense.  It is a business at the end of the day and you have to make tough decisions to stay on top of the league.  As many people on this forum hate the Pats and Belichek you can't argue with success and they way the Patriots do business and treat their players.  You rarely ever hear a player that has been released, traded, or retired say anything negative about the Pats, and typically they are glowing about the way the Patriots treated them.  I was skeptical about Haynesworth coming to the Pats after watching him in Washington, and I guess we will see, but from his tone you can feel the excitement which only means good things for this team! 

I think that Washington, and Snyder in particular, are a joke.  That guy thinks he is playing fantasy football and makes all the wrong decisions.  They really need to wake up!!

By the way - if Peyton Manning goes so go the Colts!!!!  Hate the Colts/Jets!  Had to put that in here  Sealed

Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: September 3, 2011 11:02 am

Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

Vince - you're wrong.  There was EXACTLY that moment in 2008.  "Albert, we're going to run a 3-4.  You can be released if you want, but if you accept this $41 million signing bonus, then you will be likely asked to play nose tackle."

Albert:  "I'll do ANYTHING you ask, coach. ANYTHING!"

The next day:  "Thanks for the cash. Now I don't play the 3-4, bitches. Lolz."

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