Jared Allen takes his turn weighing in on Albert Haynesworth

In Dan Steinberg’s quest to have 1,000 Albert Haynesworth-related posts on his Washington Post blog before the season begins, he can’t let a single thing slide past him.

So he was sure to catch the comments made by Jared Allen in an interview on KTAR in Phoenix. Haynesworth has drawn plenty of unwanted attention since he no-showed at minicamp last month. It’s created quite a bit of suspense for training camp with coach Mike Shanahan surely wanting to start things in Washington without a lot of drama.

Haynesworth has received $32 million from the Redskins in a little more than a year and is protesting the team’s switch to a 3-4 defense.

“I tell you what, I'd show up and just drink water for $30 million,” Allen told KTAR, an interview transcribed by SportsRadioInterviews.com. “Honestly, I don't know the circumstances so I can't judge anybody. I mean, obviously there are some uncertainties there. I'm sure both sides are a little bit at fault. It's one of those things, I'm a firm believer, you sign a contract, and obviously they are doing their part by paying you. Honor the contract by showing up and play it out.

“Now, who's to say that he wasn't promised to play in a 4-3. I know I might be a little ticked off....He was obviously brought there to be an anchor to that defense, and if they change from a 4-3 to a 3-4 and he's in a position where he can't be successful, I think that's another story. But I think that's something that you talk about with your coaches behind closed doors. I'm a believer that you negotiate the contract, you sign it, (then) show up and play for it.”

Haynesworth has pledged to show up for the start of training camp. Of course, everyone believed he would be present for a mandatory minicamp. All eyes will be on Haynesworth when camp begins. And Steinberg will be covering it from every angle.

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