Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Redskins want DT's bonus back

Albert Haynesworth isn’t a fan of the 3-4 defense. The Redskins want all or part of a $21 million roster bonus back.

Associated Press (2009)

Albert Haynesworth isn’t a fan of the 3-4 defense. The Redskins want all or part of a $21 million roster bonus back.

ASHBURN, Va. — Albert Haynesworth didn't show. Teammates called him selfish. Now the Redskins want their money back.

The Redskins will try to recoup all or part of a $21 million bonus from the disgruntled two-time All-Pro defensive tackle, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. The team decided to take the action after Haynesworth, 29, failed to report for a mandatory two-day minicamp.

Though coach Mike Shanahan declined to make the team's plans public, the players had plenty else to say about a player who has collected his money but doesn't want to play for them because he doesn't like the new defense.

"Albert made a very selfish decision," veteran linebacker London Fletcher said. "When you decide to play a team sport, you have to look at it and think about everybody involved in the situation. This is not golf, tennis, things like that, where it's an all-about-you sport. What he's decided to do is make a decision based on all-about-him."

Shanahan revealed that he told Haynesworth in February that the Redskins would agree to release him and let him go to another team — in exchange for not paying the $21 million bonus due April 1.

"Obviously, he took the check," Shanahan said, "so I was surprised he wasn't here. … Don't take our check and then say that, hey, you don't want to be part of our organization."

The Redskins can fine Haynesworth up to $9,442 for missing the minicamp practice. He has been paid $32 million of the $41 million guaranteed in the seven-year, $100 million contract he signed as a free agent last year when he chose the Redskins over the Bucs, who reportedly had offered more.

A full-fledged attempt to recoup the bonus would likely turn into a drawn-out process that would certainly be challenged by the players union. The Redskins will look for certain language in Haynesworth's contract to make their case.

If Haynesworth plays for Washington again, there are fences to mend.

Defensive end Phillip Daniels said, "I think I speak for every guy on this team: We all feel like he turned his back on us."

Center Casey Rabach: "It's getting to be selfish. He's hurting the team. It doesn't sit well with the players. … You can't really count on him right now."

Longer season: NFL and union officials discussed adding two games to the regular season when they held their first negotiating session since February. The current collective bargaining agreement expires in March. The league proposed going from four preseason games and 16 in the regular season to two and 18. Quarterback Tom Brady and linebacker Ray Lewis expressed concern about the damage extra regular-season games could do to players' bodies. The first season that could have an expanded schedule would be 2012.

Favre surgery: Orthopedic surgeon James Andrews said there were no problems with last month's arthroscopic procedure that removed scar tissue and bone spurs from quarterback Brett Favre's left ankle. Favre, who will be 41 in October, likely has a few more weeks of rehab before he will decide whether to return for a 20th NFL season. He has a deal with Minnesota that pays him $13 million if he plays.

Giants: Wide receiver and punt returner Domenik Hixon will miss the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee returning a punt on the FieldTurf surface during a workout at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

Jets: Darrelle Revis cleared the air with coach Rex Ryan after the All-Pro cornerback's protest of his stalled contract negotiations earlier this week. Revis is due to make $1 million in the fourth year of his six-year rookie deal, but he wants to be the league's highest-paid cornerback. … The team announced it is taking advance orders for its new, limited-release commemorative wine, called Jets Uncorked. The 2008 cabernet sauvignon was created to celebrate the opening of the New Meadowlands Stadium.

Titans: Running back Chris Johnson, who lives in Orlando but was back in Tennessee for a youth camp, told the Tennessean newspaper, "I can't play for $550,000," referring to what he's scheduled to make in the third season of his five-year, $12 million contract. Johnson, who became the sixth back to run for at least 2,000 yards, said he wants to be the highest-paid offensive player in the NFL and has not attended workouts. The team reports for camp July 30.

Redskins want DT's bonus back 06/16/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 10:42pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Buccaneers-Vikings Turning Point, Week 3: Overreaction vs. reality


    "None of us really know how this group of 53 guys is going to come together and how we're going to play this season."

    Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs torched a porous Bucs secondary Sunday with eight catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns. [Getty Images]
  2. Jake Dotchin on rule violation: 'It's hurting me'


    While defenseman Jake Dotchin continues to practice with the Lightning, it's uncertain when - or if - he'll get any preseason action.

    Jake Dotchin violated an unspecified team rule, which is why he hasn't played in the first four games.
  3. PolitiFact: Trump's Mostly False claim that NFL ratings are 'way down'


    The statement

    "NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country."

    Quarterback Jameis Winston is sacked during the first half of the Bucs' 34-17 loss to the Vikings on Sunday. (LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times)
  4. Bucs couldn't connect on or stop deep passes in loss to Vikings


    If two things were established as storylines entering Sunday's Bucs-Vikings game, it was that Tampa Bay was still struggling to establish the deep passes that were missing from its offense last year, and that …

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) gets into the end zone for a long touchdown reception as Bucs free safety Chris Conte (23) cannot stop him during the second half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  5. Nine Gators, including Antonio Callaway and Jordan Scarlett, face felony fraud accusations


    Nine Florida Gators face at least 62 potential felony charges on accusations of credit card fraud. 

    Star receiver Antonio Callaway is among at least four Florida Gators who face potential felony charges on accusations of fraud.