Shanahan guarantees Haynesworth will be with Skins Sunday

If the Washington Redskins wind up trading Albert Haynesworth before Sunday’s season opener with the Dallas Cowboys, go ahead and call Mike Shanahan a liar.

That is what the Washington Redskins coach said today as trade rumors continue to swirl regarding the defensive lineman. It’s been reported that the team has engaged Haynesworth’s former employer, the Tennessee Titans, in trade talks.

“If he wasn't here, I think you'd call me a liar, wouldn't you?" Shanahan said, according to the Washington Post. “And you'd have the right to do that. Okay?”

Shanahan and Haynesworth have been at odds since, well, March when the $100 million man made the decision to blow off the offseason program. Since training camp opened, and Haynesworth finally showed, there’s been a lot of tension. The coaches aren’t happy with Haynesworth and he’s not happy with them. It doesn’t seem that the scheme is so much a root of the problem any longer.

If the Redskins are going to deal Haynesworth, now is the time. Frankly, it might be the best move for all parties because at this point it’s impossible to imagine him not being a distraction throughout the season. He’s declining to talk right now. If you believe the latest – and this situation can’t be far off from it’s next twist – he’ll be in uniform against the Cowboys.

“Albert will be with us this week,” Shanahan said. “For sure.”

It sure doesn’t sound like much of a long-range plan for their relationship.

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz knows Haynesworth well from the days they worked together in Tennessee. He was asked to gauge the situation and whether or not it has surprised him.

“I haven’t really thought that much about that,” Schwartz responded. “Little too worried about trying to get Ndamukong Suh and Corey Williams and Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril ready for Chicago on Sunday. Let me just not comment on that.”

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