A year ago, Albert Haynesworth was the biggest thing to hit the D.C. sports scene in a long time -- literally, financially and figuratively. Considered by more than a few the NFL's most dominant defensive player after back-to-back All-Pro selections in 2007 and 2008, he inked a deal for $100 million (even if less than half was guaranteed). Now? Well, Gilbert Arenas is still around, so maybe he's not the biggest pariah on the city's sports scene, but he's in the race.
After a so-so debut season (to put it kindly), Haynesworth is reportedly not happy about the prospect of playing tackle in new coach Mike Shanahan's 3-4 defense. Haynesworth skipped voluntary workouts, which in turn made teammate Philip Daniels none too happy.
So has Haynesworth gone from one of the league's best to one of its biggest headaches? Or is he still one of the best and one of its biggest headaches?
Jake (Santa Clara)
Simply put is Patrick Willis the best defensive player in the NFL?
Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson
Wow. This isn't a knock on him AT ALL, but MLB is an easy position to showcase your skills...and there are plenty of excellent players at that position. I would tend to say someone like Ware or Revis is the best D player on the planet right now. Full transcript
As for Haynesworth, he's a bum who doesn't like to work hard - everyone knew it when the Titans dumped him... the Skins got suckered (yet again!) and are getting what they paid for.” -- mesomorphicman
What a bum. They pay you $100 million, you have to do what they say, period. Who cares if he doesn't want to play nose tackle, it's not like it is a contract year for him and he needs to put up big numbers to get a contract. He already has the deal, just go do your job.” -- VY4life