Redskins Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, contending the team has broken promises to him, will not attend the team's mandatory minicamp that begins today and wants to be traded, his representative said Tuesday night.
Haynesworth no longer trusts the Redskins because high-ranking team officials made assurances that have not panned out about Haynesworth’s role and how he would be permitted to play, agent Chad Speck said.
Coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen should strongly consider moving the eight-year veteran, Speck said.
“The Redskins are trying to establish a new regime with new schemes at Redskins Park, and it is not an organization that Albert would have ever been attracted to just a short year ago – regardless of the money,” Speck said. “He has made it clear to me that he does not want to play for the Washington Redskins.”
Shortly after attending his first voluntary practice this offseason, Bills running back Marshawn Lynch couldn’t wipe away fast enough the playful “welcome back” smooch on the cheek he received from linebacker Kawika Mitchell.
What proved more difficult to erase for Lynch on were lingering questions about whether he still wants to play for the Bills after he had skipped all 12 of the team’s previous voluntary minicamp sessions this spring.
“I like to play football, whether it’s here or whether it’s somewhere else,” Lynch said. “As long as I get to play football, I’m feeling great.”
Two-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankin, upset with negotiations over a new contract, skipped the start of New England’s three-day minicamp after saying he wants to be traded. ... Minnesota signed running back Ryan Moats. ... Restricted free-agent defensive lineman Johnny Jolly signed his tender offer from Green Bay. ... The Carolina Panthers signed their first two draft picks, striking deals with sixth-round selection David Gettis and seventh-round choice R.J. Stanford. ... A settlement has been reached in the lawsuit over a staph infection that benched former Cleveland receiver Joe Jurevicius. Jurevicius, a former Seahawk, sued the Browns and the Cleveland Clinic last year, saying the team misrepresented the cleanliness of its training facility. ... New Orleans general manager Mickey Loomis says Roman Harper signed his one-year restricted-free-agent tender offer. ... The New York Giants tested the turf at their new stadium and had mixed results on the first day of their three-day mandatory minicamp. The new FieldTurf field claimed receiver Domenik Hixon, whose right foot got caught in the soft surface on a punt return. ... Denver added depth at running back after being assigned Kolby Smith off waivers from Kansas City. ... The two Dallas Cowboys employees who are suing over injuries they suffered in the collapse of the team’s practice facility last year reached out-of-court settlements with the company that built the structure. … Oakland signed two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle John Henderson to a free-agent contract.