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Haynesworth Cashes Out

The Redskins suspend a player without pay for the rest of the season. Of course the team has already paid him more than $35 million.

9:03 AM, Dec 8, 2010 • By VICTORINO MATUS
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Sometimes Redskins owner Daniel Snyder reminds me of Richard Pryor in Brewster's Millions (yes, I know it's a remake). The man cannot spend money fast enough on the most absurd things. Of course Brewster's actions were part of a condition—spending $30 million in 30 days but owning nothing—in order to inherit $300 million. There are no explanations for Snyder's decisions, which, aside from Haynesworth, have included offering safety Adam Archuleta a six-year $30 million contract (more than any safety had ever been offered in NFL history) and $10 million guaranteed (Archuleta played one season, having been relegated to special teams), not to mention linebacker/Dancing with the Stars contestant Jason Taylor, who also played for a single season, for which the Skins gave up two draft picks.

Haynesworth Cashes Out

It was unfortunate for coach Mike Shanahan to be put in this position, but what else could he have done? As Larry Weisman of notes, "Shanahan said that Haynesworth, signed as a free agent in 2009, 'has repeatedly refused to cooperate with our coaching staff in a variety of ways over an extended period of time.' He cited the player’s refusal 'to play in our base defense' and other situational alignments, and 'to follow the instructions of our coaches both during weekly practices and during actual games as well.'"

According to the coach's official statement, Haynesworth also refused to speak with Shanahan. Of course the defensive lineman will try to have the last word. (The players' union is currently looking into the suspension.) He rejects the notion that he was too hungover for drills, or that he skipped practices because he had headaches. When he was forced to sit out Sunday's game against the New York Giants, Haynesworth told the Washington Post, "It's whatever.... If they choose to sit me, they choose to sit me. This is their organization. I'm just a piece." Which reminds me of that great line by Alex Karras in Blazing Saddles.

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