Tag:Washington Redskins
Posted on: July 14, 2010 10:18 am

Haynesworth has lost 32 pounds

Because there was so much commotion over Albert Haynesworth skipping the Redskins’ mandatory minicamp in June, people forget that earlier in the offseason, Haynesworth irked Mike Shanahan by choosing to work out on his own, rather than with the team. Part of Haynesworth’s reasoning was that he feels he gains more of a competitive edge working with his own trainer. Now, this from Fredericksburg.comA. Haynesworth (US Presswire):

Tripp Smith, Haynesworth's personal trainer, said in a phone interview yesterday that Haynesworth has lost 32 pounds since they began their workout regimen on April 5. He said that Haynesworth is committed to getting in top physical shape--albeit away from Redskins Park--for the start of training camp on July 29.

Haynesworth is listed at 350 pounds, but he reportedly weighed 362 in April. Losing weight is great, but likely, the Redskins would rather be monitoring the situation themselves. If Haynesworth is to indeed be the nose tackle in the new 3-4, you don’t want him slimming too far down.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 12, 2010 3:21 pm

Redskins NFL's oldest team; Panthers youngest

There have been a few stories floating around the NFL today about team age rankings. So, if you’re inclined, here are the average age of players on each NFL team. The list counts undrafted free agents and unsigned rookies. It does not include kickers, punters or long-snappers (those positions tend to have older players, which distorts the numbers).

Rank, Team, Average Age
1 Washington Redskins, 27.33
2 Pittsburgh Steelers, 26.78
3 Cleveland Browns, 26.78
4 Minnesota Vikings, 26.76
5 Baltimore Ravens, 26.68
6 New England Patriots, 26.64
7 Oakland Raiders, 26.53
8 Detroit Lions, 26.42
9 San Diego Chargers, 26.39
10 Denver Broncos , 26.31
11 New Orleans Saints, 26.29
12 Arizona Cardinals,  26.27
13 Seattle Seahawks,  26.18
14 Atlanta Falcons , 26.16
15 New York Jets , 26.13
16 Dallas Cowboys, 26.00
17 Cincinnati Bengals, 25.96
18 San Francisco 49ers  25.90
19 Green Bay Packers, 25.88
20 Miami Dolphins, 25.84
21 Chicago Bears, 25.83
22 Buffalo Bills, 25.80
23 Tennessee Titans, 25.74
24 New York Giants, 25.71
25 Kansas City Chiefs , 25.66
26 Jacksonville Jaguars, 25.66
27 Houston Texans, 25.62
28 St. Louis Rams 25.61
29 Philadelphia Eagles, 25.20
30 Indianapolis Colts, 25.14
31 Tampa Bay Bucs 25.10
32 Carolina Panthers, 25.00
NFL Avg.  26.04
Source: ESPN

--Andy Benoit 

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Posted on: July 10, 2010 9:52 am

Redskins starting guard out for season

Redskins projected starting right guard, Mike Williams, is out for the season due to blood clots. Jason Reid reports that the blood clots are located close to Williams’s heart. The former first-round offensive tackle bust was out of football three years (‘06’-’08) but returned last season to start eight games inside.

Washington has replacements in place for Williams (in fact, Williams wouldn’t have been a great fit in Mike Shanahan’s zone-blocking scheme anyway). Utility veteran Artis Hicks could get a look, as could Chad Rinehart.

Reid writes:

“After weighting about 410 pounds when he joined Washington, Williams last month said he was down to about 330. During the team's offseason program, Williams served as a mentor to rookie left tackle Trent Williams, whom the Redskins selected fourth overall in the three-day April draft.”

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 8:32 pm

Will Vincent Jackson be traded?

Could WR Vincent Jackson be on his way out of San Diego? Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune , after talking to sources, writes that it’s a possibility.

From the article:

No one is predicting he will shipped off soon, and it does not appear other teams have been officially notified the Pro Bowl receiver is on the trading block. But several sources confirmed the Chargers talked with the Seattle Seahawks earlier this month and have made it known Jackson will remain available.

The Seahawks maintain interest, as do “several other teams,” according to one source. Among those teams, sources said, are the Washington Redskins. It is not known whether the Redskins have spoken to the Chargers regarding Jackson.

You’ll recall that Jackson and LT Marcus McNeill didn’t sign their restricted free agent offers, and GM A.J. Smith has given the indication that he’s ready to move on without them. Whichever team signs Jackson, though, better make sure it can offer plenty of money.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 12:18 pm

Haynesworth Says He'll Attend Training Camp

Perhaps taking a break from being the most classless jerk in the NFL, Redskins nose tackle (that's right, NOSE TACKLE!) Albert Haynesworth has made this announcement: "Despite my differences w/ Redskins, I have always planned to attend training camp and honor my contract.  As I have said, I am continuing to prepare for the season individually and will report on time, in shape andready to play football."

This may sound look good news for the Skins, but it might just make it harder for the team to go after Haynesworth's money. Don't expect any wounds to be healed simply because the $32 million bandit is showing up for work.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 10:12 pm

Vinny Cerrato takes a beating

Though Vinny Cerrato is no longer working in the Redskins front office, that didn’t stop Fanhouse’s Chris Harry from brutally taking down Washington’s former executive vice president of football operations.

Cerrato has stuck around Washington, hosting a radio show on ESPN 980, and that gives Harry all the ammunition he needs.

Cerrato needs to either shut up or just go away. He was owner Daniel Snyder’s enabler for the most abysmal run of acquisitions since the free-agency era began in 1993. Come to think of it, the Redskins ineptitude on this front seems like a perfect topic for our FanHouse NFL list of the week.

Then, Harry rehashed the top-five worst moves made by Cerrato (not counting the Albert Haynesworth deal), and yeah, they all seem pretty terrible. Names like Jeff George and Deion Sanders and money figures like $56 million (for Sanders) and $35 million (for both Adam Archuleta and Jeremiah Trotter) are bandied about.

It’s sorta like when your favorite band releases a greatest-hits album, except the complete opposite of that.

Definitely not a great day to be Haynesworth , but it’s also not a great day to be Vinny Cerrato.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 7:49 pm

Bank sues Haynesworth, says he owes $2.4 million

Despite taking a $21 million bonus in April – and then not showing up for the Redskins offseason workouts before demanding a trade – DE Albert Haynesworth has debts he apparently can’t afford to pay.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel reported today that Clayton Bank & Trust is suing Haynesworth, alleging he hasn’t made payments on his $2.38 million loan. The commercial loan was made in June 2009, and though the two parties came to an extension agreement, the bank still hasn’t seen its money.

The bank is suing for more than $2.4 million to recoup the loan, interest and other fees.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 6:28 pm

Two stories that make the NFL sad

Some bad PR news for the NFL today.

Story No. 1:
Forbes.com released its list of most-disliked athletes, and those with NFL affiliations sat in four of the top-five places. No. 1 was Eagles QB Michael Vick (for obvious reasons, a 69 percent disapproval rating). No. 2 was Raiders owner Al Davis (66 percent), No. 3 was Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger (a 59 percent disapproval rating, but with the photo the web site ran, that should be closer to 100 percent), and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (53 percent) roped himself into the No. 5 spot. Golfer Tiger Woods, for those who are interested, was No. 4.

I was a little surprised there continues to be such vitriol for Davis. Forbes.com writes he’s “A football owner who's always walked to the beat of his own drum. Davis has signed renegade players and yanked his team back and forth between Oakland and Los Angeles, spurring lawsuits and run-ins with the league. And his ‘Just win, baby’ mantra hasn't been working in recent years.” Yet, this seems like old news to me.

With some smart draft picks this year, Davis has won back a little respect. If the Raiders can improve on their five-win season from a year ago, he might not reside in the top-five for much longer.

The Facts & Rumors blog congratulates all winners.

Story No. 2:
ESPN.com has a story that might make some NFL players awfully nervous. According to investigative reporter Mike Fish , more evidence has been found that link league players with Dr. Anthony Galea, a former team doctor with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts who has been accused of supplying players with the banned substance HGH.

Fish writes:

According to court documents ESPN obtained Monday, the lengthy list of items authorities seized (from Galea during a search of his office in October) includes an "NFL file folder," "Professional Players Journal" and "daytimer with football dates.”

The seven-page document filed with the Canadian court after the execution of the October search warrant does not identify any patients by name.

But the Buffalo News reported last month that WR Santana Moss has been treated by Galea. Are there others who are waiting with bated breath to see if their names are released? The odds say: yes.

--Josh Katzowitz

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