We've talked about how Daniel Snyder has taken a less intrusive approach since Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen have taken over, but the Redskins owner made some pointed comments during an appearance at a club charity function Saturday. It turns out that Shanahan's not the only one frustrated with Albert Haynesworth's no-show to the team's "voluntary" offseason workouts.
"Yeah, I'm disappointed he's not here. Absolutely," said Snyder. "We're expecting our players to lead by example, and we're expecting our players to understand that they're Redskins and they need to be there."
To borrow a line from T.O.'s former publicist, the unflappable Kim Etheredge, Haynesworth has $32 million reasons to be at Redskins Park this offseason. That's how much guaranteed money he's been paid by Snyder over the past 15 months. Haynesworth and Shanahan have basically engaged in a public standoff over the last couple months. And I think it's important to Shanahan that his players see him prevail.
That's why it still would not surprise me to see Haynesworth traded sometime before the season. Even if he shows up at next month's mandatory minicamp as expected, it's going to be a distraction. I'm sure defensive coordinator Jim Haslett hates the fact that he'll have to spoonfeed the new defense to Haynesworth while the rest of his unit is weeks ahead in the transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 scheme. Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing what type of shape Haynesworth's in after all the work he's put in with that trainer in Nashville. Have we gotten the name of that trainer yet?
Haynesworth is either the most stubborn player in the league -- or the most ungrateful. And judging by the words coming out of Redskins Park, he's losing his battle with Shanahan. Everyone else in the organization has vowed allegiance to Shanahan. And if Haynesworth has any supporters, they're wisely keeping it to themselves.
By the way, I'm on vacation for the next week. But we'll have daily Beastlines and commentary from the excellent Matt Williamson to keep things rolling. Enjoy the time off -- from me.