Posted by Will Brinson
We all know that Albert Haynesworth isn't exactly "motivated." But just how unininterested is he in playing for the Redskins and/or even being around the team?
Well, it turns out he could have requested an expedited hearing to appeal his season-long suspension, and as Charley Casserly reported on The NFL Today, he declined to do so.
Haynesworth did not ask for an expedited grievance which would have been held this week," Casserly said. "Now, the grievance will be held after the season's over. In speaking with his people, the reason he didn't ask for the expedited grievance, was if he won it, he'd have to return to practice and go to meetings, something he didn't want to do."
Casserly went on to mention the plethora of reasons for Haynesworth's suspension, which include "only wanting to play in the nickel defense in passing situations," his numerous fines, his poor practice before the Giants game, and refusing to make adjustments during the game and being inattentive in meetings.
Casserly also provided some information as to how much money the Redskins will try to recoup from Haynesworth.
"The Redskins will go after a portion of his signing bonus," Casserly said. "That amount could be anywhere between $1 million and $5 million depending on how the arbitrator interprets the contract. Finally, he skipped minicamp last year. Not only did he get fined but he forfeited $9 million in guaranteed money in the future."
So, while the drama between Haynesworth and the Washington coaching staff/front office has disappeared for the moment, it's all but guaranteed that things will get uglier sooner than later once the two parties try to sort out their financial differencs.
And the chunk of change the 'Skins paid to one of the biggest free agent busts in history will obviously have an effect on his next contract -- as Bill Cowher said on The NFL Today, it seems pretty likely that any deal Haynesworth gets in the future will be low-cost and feature tons of incentive bonuses. In other words, anyone willing to take the risk on Haynesworth is going to minimize any damage he can do to the payroll and the team's long-term future.
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