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Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

Posted on: September 2, 2011 3:43 pm
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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 NESN.com. "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: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

Couldn't agree more! Well written.



Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

I agree, this story is so far from being done.  He can be happy all he wants until there is a conflict and he reverts back to his Washington self.  We shall see if he makes the cut!



Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

Belicheat? You must be a Jet fan. Watch out Fat Albert will eat your entrails



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

The other shoe has not dropped yet on this story. 


Haynesworth agreed to restructure his contract with New England not too long ago to basically accept chump change for this year making him an expendable commodity.


Belicheat has Fat Albert on the cheap to do whatever he wants. He can keep Haynesworth, if he see's any value, or cut him. The Pats are on the hook for little or no money.


Don't be surprised if Haynesworth doesn't make the final cut. 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.


Bill didn't hesitate to pull the trigger on Randy Moss and surely won't with Haynesworth.



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

Lots of players are "extremely happy" to be with "Insert team here." 

Who cares about this shlub?   The article even said:

Haynesworth is clearly at fault for his no-show performance in DC
...so with that, why am I going to cheer for him now?  He was a disgrace in Wash and now ... what, that all goes away and everything is fine??  I don't think so!




Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Haynesworth is extremely happy to be with Pats

Yea Albert, abused and mis-used in Washington. He's in a place now that utilizes talent and doesn't try to force talent into a system. I don't get the whole Dan Steinberg comment "sure he would. The man who 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"
Play the position or not play, the Redskins owed him that money, it was part of the guaranteed portion of the contract. There was no, "if you take this money, you are agreeing to XYZ". It was already owed to him.
Now is Albert supposed to say, "well, I don't want to play the middle, so keep the $20m you owe me and just trade me now".
No, he took what was owed and figured that would be his leverage to get the coaching staff to keep the promises made to him by Cerratto, Snyder and the previous coaching staff. If the new HC is so bull-headed as to not use his talent the best way possible, who's fault is that?
But in the end, lets assign blame Vinnie Cerratto and Dan Snyder 50% of the blame, Shannahan 30% and Haynesworth 20%.



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