Redskins GM Bruce Allen made it clear Thursday that he doesn’t plan to release Donovan McNabb or Albert Haynesworth anytime soon.
McNabb’s agent apparently couldn’t convince Allen to cut his client free. The Redskins will hold onto both players in attempt to extract draft picks through offseason trades. Neither player will bring more than a late-round pick with the Redskins over a barrel, and it remains likely that McNabb will ultimately be released. With a work stoppage possible, he could be waiting for months.
Bruce Allen tells Rich Campbell of the Fredricksburg Free Lance-Star that “[the Redskins] remain hopeful” that Albert Haynesworth can be a productive member of the team.
Our View: Translation: Hopefully, we can get something of value in trade before we have to release him. It would be a shock if Haynesworth were a member of the Redskins next season.
According to mlive.com, the Lions could make a play for Albert Haynesworth.
Our View: Tom Kowalski writes that he wouldn’t be surprised to see Detroit go after Big Al, and that makes sense considering his connection to head coach Jim Schwartz from their time together in Tennessee. Still, they’ve got an elite young tackle in Ndamukong Suh, and we don’t expect them to bring Haynesworth in as a possible influence.
Chris Cooley revealed that he played the entire 2010 season with a torn meniscus in his knee.
Cooley also revealed that the injury occurred when ex-Redskins TE Todd Yoder’s wife kicked him in a limo. "She’s ruthless," said Cooley. "She kicked me. I was falling asleep on the way home. She didn’t want me to fall asleep." Though Cooley’s never been a burner, he did seem especially sluggish this season. Still just 28, he’ll be better off after the knee scope.
TMZ.com is reporting that Redskins TE Fred Davis has been accused of assaulting a woman in a D.C. area nightclub early Thursday morning.
Davis is accused of throwing a drink on a woman and hitting her in the lip with an unidentified object — possibly a bottle. Per beat writer Grant Paulsen, Davis admits to throwing a drink on the woman after she did the same to him. However, Davis insists the bottle accusation is "completely false" and that the nightclub’s video will prove him innocent.
Sources with knowledge of the situation tell the Washington Post that the Redskins are "highly unlikely" to release Albert Haynesworth this offseason, and are more likely to shop him for a draft pick.
No portion of Haynesworth’s $5.4 million base pay is guaranteed in 2011, but the Skins won’t let him get away for free. They’ll still have to find a team willing to take on the sizable salary, as well as Haynesworth’s on- and off-the-field baggage. They probably won’t get more than a fifth-round pick.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says that Ryan Torain will have to compete for the number one running back spot in 2011, according to Cindy Boren of the Washington Post.
Our View: As of now, Keiland Williams stands to be his biggest competition, but anything can happen with the Dan Snyder-owned Redskins. Torain rushing for 742 yards and scored five touchdowns in 10 games this season.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says that “Time will tell” if Clinton Portis can still be a full-time running back in the NFL.
Our View: Injuries cost Portis 11 games this season. He’s on the verge of 30, which is where running backs typically go downhill pretty fast. It’s hard to imagine Portis ever being a full-time back or fantasy commodity again.
After serving his four-game suspension, Albert Haynesworth was back with the Redskins on Monday, according to TSN.
Our View: To say his future in the nation’s capital is dicey would be a drastic understatement. Haynesworth was a major thorn in coach Mike Shanahan’s side this season and no one would be surprised if he isn’t a member of the team in 2011. The massively overpaid defender played in just eight games this season, making 16 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
Casey Rabach is scheduled to have shoulder surgery on Thursday, reports Rich Campbell of the Free-Lance Star.
Our View: The Redskins center will go under the knife and should be fully recovered for summer camps.