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A couple of people were asking during Tuesday's chat whether there was a chance the Redskins might bring back disgruntled defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. I'd say the interview defensive coordinator Jim Haslett gave on St. Louis radio this week answers that pretty strongly in the negative:
"He can do almost anything he wants. He doesn't want to do anything. To me that's the issue," Haslett said. "He’s one of those guys you walk in a meeting and you tell him, 'Put down the phone.' The next day you have to tell him to put down the phone. The next day, you tell him to put down the phone."
Haslett goes on and on, essentially painting a picture of a guy who refused to play because he didn't like the switch to the 3-4 defense. He says he believes Haynesworth still could thrive in a 4-3, and I guess the Redskins could give him that shot if a 4-3 team makes it worth their while. I've said a few times that I think he'd be incredible in Philadelphia, reunited with former Tennessee D-line coach Jim Washburn. Maybe Washburn knows how to get him to stop reading newspapers in meetings.
And maybe you're hankering for some links:
Rex Grossman went on the radio, too, and said he wants to come back to Washington and start. Said of presumptive starter John Beck, "He's doing everything he can to promote himself, basically. And when there's no practices, you might as well go on the radio and talk about it." Hmmm. If a quarterback controversy falls in the forest ...
Rich Tandler offers a look at Mike Sellers' chances of returning to Washington for an 11th season.
Calvin Watkins took time out of his busy NBA Finals coverage schedule to write this post about the ways in which Plaxico Burress could affect the Cowboys' 2011 season -- as an opponent. Calvin's 100 percent sure Burress isn't going to be a Cowboy. I guess I'm never 100 percent sure about anything like this.
Josh Ellis says the Cowboys should not sign Nnamdi Asomugha, and his reason is budgetary. I keep hearing this from Cowboys fans -- "We shouldn't sign Nnamdi because it'll cost too much and we have other needs." I can't imagine caring about something like that if I were a fan. Don't you have to assume they'll only sign him if they can afford him? He's a superstar player, and those cost. So what if it creates a contract squabble with Doug Free? And it's not as if there aren't already star-caliber guys at various spots on that defense. I agree that safety's a bigger concern, but to stay away from Nnamdi because of money? The Cowboys? Man, this lockout is messing with peoples' heads.
New York Giants
Free agent Mathias Kiwanuka joined the Giants for their team workout at Bergen Catholic High School on Tuesday. Mildly surprising, since you'd think Kiwanuka would want to steer as clear as possible from any threat of an injury that could negatively impact his chances of getting a contract someplace.
Mike Garafolo thinks the players should have stopped and talked to the reporters who were there. I'm with him. What's the harm in a couple of minutes? Fans are eating up accounts of these workouts in the absence of any other NFL news. It'd be nice if the players understood that people wanted to hear from them.
Add Eagles WR Jason Avant to the list of people who'd like to see Burress in Philadelphia. "We definitely can use him in the red zone, I can tell you that," Avant tells Jonathan Tamari.
Clark Judge throws cold water on the idea of Nnamdi in Philly, though. Says they don't want him because he costs too much and isn't versatile enough. There we go with the cost thing again. I wonder if ol' Nnamdi might be a victim of the length of this lockout. Without it, people wouldn't have had this much time to find all those bad things to say about him and drive down his price. If it keeps up, somebody's going to get a steal.
Stay cool out there today, folks.