Redskins will go after Haynesworth bonus money

Posted June 17, 2010 @ 2:03 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

Before any trade or transaction will happen with DT Albert Haynesworth, the Redskins will attempt to recoup as much of the $26 million in bonuses they have paid him thus far. That's because Haynesworth, unhappy with the team's switch to a 3-4 defensive scheme, accepted a check for $21 million on April 1 yet failed to show up to the team's mandatory minicamp. His future with the team clearly is grim, but the Redskins' first concern will not be a trade or releasing him. Want precedent? GM Bruce Allen, when he was with the Buccaneers, once recouped $1.5 million in bonus money from Keenan McCardell, which was three-quarters of what the player was supposed to be paid in 2004 when the case went to an arbitrator and was settled the following year. (Interesting side note: McCardell is now the Redskins' receivers coach.) Allen also was involved in a successful battle against Jake Plummer, who retired before fulfilling a contract with the Bucs and later was forced to return approximately $3.5 million of his $7 million signing bonus. Expect Allen and the Redskins to go after Haynesworth's money with the same vigor with the hope of similar results.


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