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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: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: September 3, 2011 10:57 am

Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

Albert Haynesworth is the #1 example for how people will be willing to suspend their absolute hatred and disgust for a person if they jsut happen to switch teams and play football for them.  That guy is the biggest POS the NFL has seen for years.  And we're talking about dogkilers and rapists here!

Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: September 3, 2011 10:08 am

Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

Vikingbob...This was a good  honest post from a true NFL fan.  All you have to do is check out the homers favorite team, they call little childish names like "Belicheat".... 95% of the time it will be a Steelers fan. Why is that? Because the Patriots usually beat the snot out of the Steelers, and some of their fans are frustrated. When your team can't beat the Patriots on the field they turn to childish name calling. They think the Steelers never lose by playing poorly. Its always somebody elses fault. You are right on about the Patriots...right or wrong, you play the game their way or its the highway. You can't argue with success...but I guess its OK if as a fan you get frustrated. To the Patriots its like water off a ducks back.

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2011 8:14 am

Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

Of course this is a "career-saving" move for Haynesworthless. Now that he's with the Cheatriots he no longer has to worry about being suspended by Bob Kraft's best buddy, Roger Badell. Hey Roger, when's that suspension coming down for the waitress groping incident Fat Albert pled no contest to? You know, like when you suspended one of the leagues top players for getting a bathroom BJ that resulted in to criminal charges whatsoever? I love that the Cheatriots have the commissioner in their back pocket and still haven't won a SB in years.

Since: Aug 27, 2011
Posted on: September 3, 2011 12:14 am

Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

Richard seymour was traded because of money the fact is he wants to be paid as the top def line and is which he deserves , but the Patriots couldn't sign him and vince wilfork. S they traded him because as hard as it is Seymour can be replaced but wilfork can not huge guys that can play the middle of the def. Line don't come around very often and with wilfork in the middle with haynesworth , carter and shaun ellis the pats have a elite defensive line now

Since: Aug 27, 2011
Posted on: September 3, 2011 12:10 am

Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

Remember Belichik never played moss in the pre season when he was aquired from Oakland , then he lit the league up don't worry about it Belichik is the best coach in the game , and besides anyone would think they are in heaven. After playing in washington (andre carter said almost the same things big al has and he wasn't a trouble in washington ). Fact is Shanahan is not a very good coach and having his Idiot son as a offensive cordinator is a joke the guy shouldn't even coach a high school team ....... Watch Mcnabb have a good year Minnesota. , Tough to be a Skins fan now the early Nineties where along time ago and this team will be in last place for the forsebeable future

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:08 pm

Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

 I love the part about Belicheat, anyone hanging on to that it a complete idiot.  These are the people still thinking about the snow blower saga back in the eary 80's.  Get a life in the real worl people.  As for Hynesworth, I still think he is a piece of garbage.  He is in the one place where he knows he does not have an opinion on anything.  With Belichick as coach, and Brady as the team leader, no one dares to speak anything negative or they shall be gone.  Ask Randy Moss  or Richard Seymour about that.  I'm sure he will have a career year, because most things the Patriots do seem to turn to gold.

Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 8:52 pm

Haynesworth is slime, but Belicheat = Dumb name

Haynesworth stepped on a guy's exposed head, quit on Washington and disrupted two locker far. The guy is slime.  Patriots will beat him in line, but it won't change his character. They will have to kick his butt weekly in the locker room to remind him to produce for his dough.  I have no problem with people getting paid big dollars for anything they do so long as they produce.  I just cant stand CEO's or sports figures who get paid for failure.  Luckly for Haynesworth he is paid for being big, not a human. 

As to the Belicheat, that is a moron nickname.  Everyone films and steals signals.  Think I'm wrong? Then why does every coach cover his mouth with a card when he calls the play?  Why does every baseball team have a billion signals just to steal a base.  Its normal and not a big deal. The bigger deal in that was the whiney candy Mangina stabbing his mentor in the back. 

Lastly, anyone who says crap about the Hoodie is full of it.  You would trade your coach in a heatbeat for him.

PS.  I am in no way a Patriots fan or have ever been.  I am just able to see the obvious. 

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2011 8:24 pm

Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

Belicheat is not the kind of coach (he can smell a rat) that tolerates a player sitting for 3 exhibition games and assuming he's made the team because of a decent showing against second team players.

Are you 12 years old? Belicheat? Really?  Listen man. If you can't be a big boy and post something people want to read then go to espn or something moron.  The man is one of the best coaches in the history of the NFL.  Tom Brady got hurt? No problem, 11 wins with a backup that hadn't started since highschool.  Rookies all over the place in the lineup, 5 of them on D last year?  No problem, playoffs regardless.

Yeah, they haven't won in a while but that had nothing to do with "spygate", I know your little mind can't let that go.  The Pats lost on a miracle play then started to slowly rebuild while still making the playoffs.  They are now a contender again..... so quit with the nonesense talk.  

Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2011 7:05 pm

Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

Love or hate the Patriots, you must admit they are a class act.  There is no other team that is more professional, prepared, and well coached.  It's one of the reasons I hate them. Lol! I thought what Al did in DC was a disgrace but everyone deserves a second chance. Let's see what he does with it.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 6:28 pm

Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

I am happy for Mr. Haynesworth. Let's hope that Chad Johnson also finds happiness in playing for the Patriots....or maybe he is just too accustomed to losing that winning could be too much for him to handle.

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