Report: McIntosh hints he would like trade

Roll call might be different for the Washington Redskins when they launch into their second (and mandatory) minicamp three weeks from today.

Joining the missing-in-action list today is linebacker Rocky McIntosh, according to Jason Reid of the Washington Post. Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth is obviously absent. We wrote about quarterback Jason Campbell not being present while he hopes a trade goes through.

Guess what? McIntosh would like to be dealt, too, especially to a team willing to give the weak-side playmaker a fresh new contract.

"I'm just chillin'. I respect their decision and I'm not upset at the coaches or anybody,” McIntoish told Reid. “There's nothing I can do about that now. Whatever happens, happens."

What McIntosh apparently would like to happen is a trade that moves him from a 3-4 system where he’s not ideally suited to a 4-3 defense.

“You can probably answer that better than I can,” McIntosh said when asked if he was seeking a trade. “Let's just say I hope the situation will be resolved soon."

But if the Redskins would like to buck up and pay McIntosh, well, he’d be happy to stay. Here’s the thing, he’s given good service to the Redskins but he is new to this coaching staff and this defense. They don’t want to reward him right now without knowing what he’ll be able to do for them. Chances are, this close to the draft, the trade market isn’t going to be hot for McIntosh either.

The Redskins gave McIntosh a second-round tender, meaning he will earn $1.759 million this season, and right now it looks like he might have to return and play for that while hoping he can cash in in the future. It’s a tough spot for a player but that is the reality of the labor situation right now in a situation where the team holds all the leverage.

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