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Redskins Analyst Already Has Haynesworth’s Exit Dollar Figures

On his Salary Cap blog yesterday, J.I. Halsell has already thrown down the monetary gauntlet for Albert Haynesworth.  The message is clear and simple, either put up with the 3-4 switch and shut up — or pay back the Skins $16,000,000 and void your last 4 contracted years with the team and be on your way:

In his infamous $100 million contract of 2009, Haynesworth had a $21 million option bonus. As part of the deal, the Redskins reserved the right to convert that option bonus to signing bonus, and that’s exactly what they did according to league sources.

However, they did this conversion with a slight twist. Not only did they convert the option bonus to a $21 million signing bonus, but they also added a voidable provision by which if Haynesworth pays back $16.8 million of the signing bonus, then the 2011 – 2014 contract years void away.

With this new voidable provision, if Haynesworth decides he’s unhappy with his role in the Redskins’ new 3-4 defense and he can come to an agreement in principle with a new team that would guarantee him the $16.8 million he’d have to pay back to the Redskins, then in theory 2010 could Haynesworth’s last year in Washington.

Does Haynesworth have the right to be concerned about switching away from a defensive scheme under which he became the most dominant player in the NFL?  Yes.  Is it bad form and poor judgement to air your grievances out in the open and freely with the press while your new head coach and DC are trying to figure out the best way to consistently win football games and possibly a championship?  YES.

Returning to the central bullet point of this exercise — it comes down to this and we will leave it at that:

put up, or shut up.

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