Either Mike Shanahan is the grumpiest gramps, or Albert Haynesworth is the most annoying noise on Earth: sources have told ESPN that the fed-up Redskins have slapped a yard sale sticker on the defensive lineman they recently awarded a $26 million bonus.
Or maybe it's both.
According to the Worldwide Leader in Favre:
Exhausted by the distraction and lack of effort from Albert Haynesworth, the Washington Redskins have once again gauged trade interest in the defensive tackle from his former team, the Tennessee Titans, according to team sources.
It is at least the second occasion the Redskins have had discussions regarding Haynesworth with the Titans since Mike Shanahan was named the Washington coach.
The Titans definitely would welcome back Haynesworth, a team source said, but maintained that the Redskins' asking price was still too high. The Redskins are believed to want at least two draft picks for Haynesworth.
For once, the Titans make sense: the Redskins just spent weeks engaged in a simmering public battle with their out-of-shape star, and then publicly ripped him in the Washington Post for both a lack of effort and a total disregard for the defensive scheme. Two draft picks for this?
Haynesworth was "awful" Thursday during the Cardinals' 20-10 victory...said two of the team sources who recently reviewed game film.
It often appeared he gave little effort...On the few occasions he did play hard, the two sources said, Haynesworth failed to adhere to the principles of the new 3-4 scheme.
...During practice at Redskins Park on Saturday, Haynesworth took part in very few plays, one of the sources said. He was moved back to nose tackle...and removed from the nickel package.
You could forgive the Titans for not stomping -- er, jumping -- right on that, even if Haynesworth comes at a pretty good price now that the 'Skins have paid his bonus.
But then, that's essentially practice, and games are another thing entirely. It's one thing to point out that Haynesworth doesn't try hard in the preseason, it's another to say the Redskins aren't a better team with him on the field.
And since the Redskins are apparently unwilling to loosen their demands, even Shanahan must be willing to admit that.