Albert Haynesworth has been working hard this off-season to get ready to be in camp and in shape; so says his agent Tripp Smith. Haynesworth has been said to have lost 32 pounds in the process and is raring to get this season started immediately.
How optimistic should the Redskins, and fans, be with this knowledge. There has been a general sentiment that if he performs then all is well, and the whole off-season distraction should be put to bed.
The league, teams, and fans operate on a short term memory. If Haynesworth performs well, like we all hope, I see no reason for his absence from all team activities to be discussed any further. But that is the key; Haynesworth must be outstanding in the preseason and training camps.
There is no way to tell if Haynesworth is still leveraging for a way out of town, or if he sincerely believes that the 3-4 defense will truly throw a wrench in his performance and he will not be able to go 100%. He has not practiced one down at practice nor attended one study/film sessions. The learning curve may not be available for Haynesworth come July 29, and should he struggle we may see some tension heat up once again.