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Redskins to punish unhappy lineman

ASHBURN, Va. — On the eve of the Redskins' first day of training camp, Albert Haynesworth ended his boycott by meeting with coach Mike Shanahan on Wednesday.

But the coach would not let bygones be bygones.

Shanahan said the two-time All-Pro defensive lineman with the $100 million contract must pass a conditioning test. Then he won't practice with the starting unit, at least not right away.

"I'm expecting him to be in great shape," Shanahan said. "And if he's not in great shape, then we're going to do what we need to do to get him in shape."

Asked if he expected Haynesworth, who skipped every offseason workout, to be a part of the team, Shanahan said, "We'll see."

"We're going to give him every opportunity to show us what he can do," he said. "Hopefully, he'll like the position that we play him in and give us everything that he's got."

The "position" is the main point of contention for Haynesworth, who was unavailable for comment. He's unhappy with the switch to a 3-4 defense and would rather play for another team. Shanahan was ready to grant that wish until Haynesworth collected a $21 million bonus on April 1, part of the seven-year contract he signed before last season.

Shanahan said he was "very pleased" with Haynesworth's mind-set: "Now we'll get a chance to see exactly where we're at."

Chargers make Gates highest-paid tight end

SAN DIEGO — The Chargers' Antonio Gates agreed to a five-year extension that the Associated Press reported is worth $36.175 million ($20.4 million guaranteed). It averages $7.235 million, highest among the league's tight ends, and keeps Gates, 30, in San Diego through 2015.

Since his rookie season in 2003, Gates leads tight ends in touchdown catches (59) and is second in yards (6,223) and third in catches (479). He has led the Chargers in catches each of the past six seasons. Last season, he caught 79 for eight touchdowns and a career-high 1,157 yards.

Bills: End Aaron Schobel, whose 78 sacks rank second in team history, said he will decide on retirement by mid August. He did not attend any offseason workouts, but general manager Buddy Nix said the door is open for a return.

Chiefs: Second-round pick Dexter McCluster, a running back/receiver from Largo High, signed. Terms weren't disclosed.

Jets: Quarterback Mark Brunell, 39, signed a two-year deal to back up Mark Sanchez. He spent the past two seasons in New Orleans, appearing in four games.

Panthers: Quarterback Jimmy Clausen, a second-round pick, signed a four-year deal worth $6.3 million ($2.53 million guaranteed). He will begin behind starter Matt Moore and Hunter Cantwell.

Patriots: First-rounder (27th overall) and cornerback Devin McCourty signed a five-year deal his agent said is worth $13.2 million ($7.825 million guaranteed).

Ravens: Rookie defensive tackle Terrence Cody passed his conditioning test on his third try. Tuesday, the 350-pounder out of Alabama twice failed the test that consists of running 25 yards, doubling back, resting for 70 seconds and repeating it twice.

Saints: Quarterback Patrick Ramsey signed a one-year deal. The first-round pick in 2002 spent last season with the Lions and last appeared in a game in 2008 for Denver.

Steelers: Kevin Colbert, the director of football operations and de facto GM, signed a five-year extension. The deal comes one week after coach Mike Tomlin was signed through 2012.

Texans: Cornerback Aaron Glenn signed a one-day contract and retired with his hometown team. Glenn, 38, spent three of his 15 seasons with the Texans (2002-04). The three-time Pro Bowl pick, who last played with the Saints in 2008, had 41 career interceptions.

Titans: The league won't suspend quarterback Vince Young for an offseason altercation at a strip club in which he was cited for misdemeanor assault, the Nashville Tennessean reported.

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