Albert Haynesworth is very similar to a lot of players over the years who have signed lucrative contracts and not lived up to expectations.
However, none of them have been accused of trying to play bad on purpose, which is exactly what former Washington Redskins teammate Chris Cooley said of Haynesworth, while going on the air with ESPN 980 last week.
He was trying to get released by the team. His goal was to come here, make a large signing bonus, and then get released and not have to do any of the work. He didn’t care about the back end of that contract, he didn’t care about making all of that money. His idea was, you paid me for what I did in the past, and my goal is to be released as soon as possible and basically take $33 million from you for absolutely nothing.
Conscience? What conscience?
After garnering the reputation of being the most dominant defensive tackle in the league as a member of the Tennessee Titans, Haynesworth inked a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Redskins in 2009, but played less than two full seasons with Washington before being traded to the New England Patriots.
NFL Network has dubbed the signing of Haynesworth by the Redskins as the worst free agency move of the last decade and perhaps even NFL history.