Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth told ESPN's Sara Walsh on Thursday that he hesitated before cashing a $21 million check last April. Knowing that new defensive coordinator Jim Haslett was transitioning from a 4-3 to 3-4 defensive scheme caused Haynesworth to ponder his future.
"Yeah, check sat at my house for a couple weeks before I cashed it," Haynesworth said. "I was weighing my options about what I should do. ... Do you want to take this? Do you want to commit yourself to playing a 3-4 [defense]? Do you want to go somewhere else and try again?"
This begs the obvious question, "Where's the safest place to keep a $21 million check while deciding which scheme best fits your skill set?" Haynesworth bravely decided to deposit the check after a period of reflection. In his interview with Walsh, Haynesworth also shed light on his relationship with head coach Mike Shanahan.
"Everyone thinks we're standing in a long hallway, with gun holsters, ready to draw on each other," said Haynesworth. "Nothing like that. ... We're completely fine."
And for those of us who couldn't get that image of Haynesworth and Shanahan about to draw on each other out of our heads, this is a big relief. It's nice to know that a player who has had minimal impact through three games can still score a sit-down interview.
Who knows what might happen if Haynesworth has a tackle against the Eagles.