Redskins waiting for Albert to arrive next week

The wait won’t be much longer in Washington.

Minicamp will finally arrive on Wednesday and that is when Albert Haynesworth is expected to make a return to Redskins Park. The highest-paid defensive tackle in the history of the NFL made an appearance on the first day of the offseason program. He met with coach Mike Shanahan and basically informed him he did things his way in the offseason.

Now that Haynesworth has unsuccessfully waited for a trade that it doesn’t look like will come, and now that he’s had a ample time to count ways to invest the $32 million he’s cashed since the Redskins signed him roughly 15 months ago, well, it’s almost time for some football.

“He’ll definitely have a lot of catching up to do,” Shanahan said. “It’ll be a lot of work for him to come in here and learn the system. We’ve got three days to try to catch him up, and hopefully he’s in shape and we’ll utilize the three days to catch him up as best as we can.”

Heck, the Redskins are going to have to introduce Haynesworth to folks before they get going. They’re transitioning to a 3-4 defense and Haynesworth wants nothing to do with it. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has already said Haynesworth will put a “strain on the coaches” and “it's not right, it's just the way it is.”

There is nothing the team can do at this point. It will be very interesting to see what kind of shape Haynesworth arrives in. If he’s terribly out of shape, it could be a sign that despite the vast wealth Daniel Snyder has given him, nothing will get him on board with the program for this season. From the outside looking in, it seems like Haynesworth has done everything he can to this point to force his way out of Washington. The thing is, the Redskins have given him the bulk of the money in the contract. Now, they'd like to get a little return on the investment. They'd like to see Haynesworth invested in their program too.

“You’ll get a good feel if he is in good shape or not,” Shanahan said. “We will see to that.”

Has Shanahan talked to Haynesworth, you know, to double check and make sure he’s planning to attend?

“I haven’t talked to Albert, no," Shanahan said.

There are a lot of different directions this thing can go. We’ll find out which way it’s headed soon.

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