Albert Haynesworth isn’t going anywhere, at least not for now.
Addressing the latest trade reports concerning the troublesome defensive tackle, coach Mike Shanahan on Wednesday said Haynesworth will be a member of the Washington Redskins when they open the season Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
There was a lot Shanahan didn’t say. He didn’t deny the trade talks. He wouldn’t say whether Haynesworth will play. He didn’t say whether he and Haynesworth have put their differences behind them. And he wouldn’t commit to having Haynesworth on the roster the entire season.
On Tuesday, sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that the Redskins were talking to the Tennessee Titans about trading Haynesworth, who has been a nonstop headache for Shanahan in the coach’s first year in Washington. Haynesworth played seven seasons with the Titans before signing a $100 million contract with the Redskins as a free agent last year.
The Titans definitely would welcome back Haynesworth, a team source told Mortensen, but maintained that the Redskins’ asking price was still too high. The Redskins are believed to want at least two draft picks for Haynesworth.
Asked about the trade talk, Shanahan said: “We’ve heard all these rumors and speculations. … Albert had a great practice today, and he’ll be ready to go this weekend, and I think we’ll leave it at that.”