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Shanahan: Haynesworth Will Do As Told

Mike Shanahan has gone on the record yet again about Albert Haynesworth. And if I’m not mistaken it sounds eerily similar to his prior statements on the matter.

But hey — if we concede the point and just listen to Mike Shanahan and his infinite wisdom on the Albert Haynesworth situation… we should be feeling more and more optimistic each day. It’s as simple as this — the Redskins feel they’ve paid their player as his contract stipulates, now it’s his turn to play in accordance with the coaches wishes.

If only we lived in such a boiled down world… but I digress.

Point being, Haynesworth took a bunch of money from the Redskins and now should be holding up his end of the bargain when it comes to conditioning and playing the positions the Redskins feel will suit the team in the best ways possible. Shanahan continues to highlight the one dimensionality of this case, and whether it speaks to the true nature of the matter or whether it’s over simplification of a complex issue…we should take comfort in the fact that Haynesworth will continue to do whatever he wants and screw people out of millions of dollars and that above all else will be the lasting memory of the situation no matter what happens from this point on.

So for the record, here is Shanahan stating again for the record yet again that he expects Haynesworth to hold up his end of the deal:

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan met with Albert Haynesworth one time, and made him a deal.

“I made it crystal clear to him that if he did take that $21 million dollars, we expected him to play at the position we feels gives us the best chance to win,” Shanahan said on WFAN in New York, via

In the meantime, Haynesworth skipped all offseason activities, but said he planned to show up to training camp.  Like many fans out there, Shanahan sounded somewhat unsure of what exactly will happen.  But his expectations are clear.

“I’d expect him to play any position that we thought was in the best interest of the Washington Redskins – be it nose tackle, defensive end, if we wanted to play him at free safety,” Shanahan said.  “So [we] expected him to come in in great shape and do the things we expected of him and that he’s capable of doing. Hopefully he does that.”


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