In what is an intriguing subplot to the stunning Donovan McNabb trade, ESPN has learned that Washington offered defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth in one of its first attempts to land the quarterback. The Eagles didn't have any interest in acquiring the highly paid defensive tackle, so the teams moved away from that scenario, according to the report.
Since Haynesworth was owed a $21 million bonus last Thursday, you'd have to think the Redskins brought up this proposal before that time. But no matter the timing, it's a pretty telling statement that coach Mike Shanahan and his staff aren't exactly thrilled about moving forward with Haynesworth. At the recent owners meetings, Shanahan said he "disagreed strongly" with Haynesworth missing the club's offseason conditioning program. He gave him credit for addressing the issue in person, but it was obvious the coach was miffed.
Haynesworth signed a $100 million contract with the Redskins last year, including$41 million in guaranteed money. He complained about his role in Greg Blache's 4-3 defense and now he's not embracing the nose tackle position in Jim Haslett's 3-4. But no matter how much Haynesworth complains, I don't think the Redskins are going to find a team willing to take on his contract.