Albert Haynesworth is an oaf. And an idiotic one at that.
In that sense, he was a match made in heaven for Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, who may never learn his lesson for paying good money for bad actors.
Just months after getting a $21-million US bonus — after being paid an insane, seven-year $100-million deal — Haynesworth is refusing to show for the Redskins’ off-season workouts.
In full pout mode, he has demanded a trade because of the nerve of new defensive coordinator Jim Haslett to switch from the 4-3 formation he thrives in — and has played in all his life — to a 3-4 setup.
“He is frustrated that he was not used last year the way he was promised he would be and now the current organization is not one he would have ever considered a year ago,” his agent, Chad Speck told the NFL network.
If Haynesworth was bluffing, it may be too late.
The reaction against the 6-foot-6, 350 pound defensive tackle, who was once on the Argos negotiation list while serving a suspension for stomping on another player’s head, has had a decidedly good riddance tone.
“Albert has made a very selfish decision,” Redskins linebacker London Fletcher said on Wednesday. “When you play a team sport, you have to look at it from the point of view of everybody involved.
“This is not golf or tennis. What he has decided to do is make a decision that’s all about him. Selfishness got us 4-12 last season.”
Easy being Green
He isn’t calling signals any more, but Trent Green is still a QB at heart. The NFL Network newcomer is in Carson Palmer’s corner in the war of words between the Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback and his celebrity receiver, Chad Ochocinco.
“Chad’s got to understand this is his job,” Green said of Ochocinco skipping a handful of optional Bengals workouts. “He’s got his dancing. He’s got his reality show. He should be focussing on football.”
Quarterbacks? We Got ’Em
Gotta love Bills GM Buddy Nix’s response when asked this week why the Bills passed on Jimmy Clausen in the second round of the April entry draft and Colt McCoy in the third.
“Yeah, well, we got quarterbacks,” Nix told USA Today. “Fans don’t want to hear that, they don’t want to believe that. We’re going to see if the ones we got can play.”
Haven’t they seen enough? Trend Edwards proved his limitations in his seven starts of 2009, and in eight more, Ryan Fitzpatrick showed even less big-league potential. Guess there’s always Brian Brohm.
Bills coach Chan Gailey was asked on Wednesday if he would formed an opinion of which of those might start.
“We form that every day, and no, I can’t share that because it may change in the next five days,” Gailey said. “So I’m trying not to jump to any conclusions. I want them to work it out, not me to work it out.”
No Great Jakes
Apparently Browns coach Eric Mangini has seen what was plain to anybody who was suffered through a Carolina Panthers game the last couple of seasons: QB Jake Delhomme is ordinary. And that’s on his good days.
Mangini isn’t ready to give the starting job to the off-season acquisition over Seneca Wallace, who has career backup written all over him. And you thought the Bills QB situation was bleak.
Noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews gave the thumbs up to the recent ankle surgery on soon to be 41-year-old Brett Favre. The Vikings QB, who was crushed during the NFC Championship game in New Orleans, intends to have a few more weeks of rehab before deciding whether he will return for a 20th season. “He’s rehabbing and trying to decide what he’s going to do,” Andrews said ... Titans running back Chris Johnson showed up in Nashville, but not to work out with the Titans. The running back is still holding out from off-season workouts while demanding a raise after a 2009 season in which he became just the sixth back to run for 2,000 yards or better. He returned to Music City for a kids football camp ... Another classic quote from Jets coach Rex Ryan: “Last season half the team thought I was crazy. Now the entire team knows it.”