Dan Steinberg of DC Pro Sports Bog tweets "Bruce Allen says [Albert] Haynesworth is expected to report to Skins Park when his suspension ends on Jan. 3. Can't wait."
Ah, but will he stay? Everyone on the roster reports to the team at the end of the season. It's a mandatory event. Otherwise, we couldn't be sure Big Al would show. What happens January 4 and afterwards is a question.
Ask any fan and they will tell you they are tired of Haynesworth and his antics. They want this this constant reminder of front office stupidity outta here. We expect him to be released and will cheer when it happens.
The Redskins need draft picks. Albert may have trade value. It's the GMs job to explore the possibilities. Most cold-eyed GMs are inclined to wait out Bruce Allen, while letting Dan Snyder stew in his own juice, betting that the Redskins will release Haynesworth. Then they could sign him to a new, cheaper contract.
The gambling sharps at bodog.com have assessed the question. Here are the odds they place on the outcome.
Will Albert Haynesworth be a Redskin for game 1 of the 2011 NFL Regular Season?
I'm no gambler, so they had to explain this to me. If you think he will not be back, your $500 bets wins $100. If you think he will be back, your $100 bet wins $300. So the touts think Haynesworth is a goner.
Hope no GMs see this. We need draft picks.
Point after: Redskins tight end Chris Cooley said on a radio interview that the players were never caught up in the Haynesworth-Shanahan conflict. They are tired of being asked about it, but were never wrapped in it. If that's the case, I expect the Redskins to beat the Buccaneers today. (Kick-off is in about 35 minutes)
The great parlor game on sports talk radio last week was "who was more at fault, Haynesworth or the coach?" Silly question. Eighty percent of this issue is on Albert. When you get that much money, you work whatever defense they put you in. You work if they tell you to clean the men's room. There's no boss who works a recalcitrant employee like Haynesworth often enough to know how to manage it well.
These management standards that Mike Shanahan put in place, along with his insistence that every player adhere to them, are what winning teams do. Shanahan is setting the table for a ten-win season next year.