Every Redskins’ fan is ready for the ‘Haynesworth Saga’ to be over, one way or another. That’s not likely to happen this week, but it’s more likely to happen than it was last week. So, what do the tea leaves indicate? Check out these leaves:
On ESPN’s Mike and Mike this morning, Chris Mortensen stated that the Redskins’ locker room is tired of Big Al’s act. You might think otherwise based on the players’ public comments, but Mortensen’s analysis shouldn’t be ignored.
Adam Schefter told Mike and Mike this morning he doesn’t believe a deal will be done before the season opener because the Redskins are now game-planning for Dallas. Notice he didn’t say a trade would not happen.
My source at The Tennsseean told me off the record the Titans are only offering a 4th round pick for Haynesworth, and that the Titans believe they have the Redskins over a barrel. That may have been the case, but it doesn’t appear to be now.
Back to Chris Mortensen. He noted that other teams have recently expressed interest in Haynesworth. We’ve heard the Redskins held draft-day discussions with the Vikings and the Titans, and that a # 2 pick was proffered. It’s possible the Vikings are still interested. Reportedly, the Redskins want two picks, one of which would have to be a #1 or #2. According to Kevin Sheehan of espn980, the team may also want to recoup some of the cash it paid to Haynesworth. If the Redskins are asking that much and several teams are calling, you can bet its front office is in wheel and deal mode. As for the Titans – it appears they’re kidding themselves if they think the Redskins have no other suitors. The team will keep Mr. Haynesworth around and work through the drama rather than give him away during the season.