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Haynesworth required to return to Redskins Park on Monday
Terms of Albert Haynesworth’s contract and four-game suspension require the embattled defensive lineman to report to team headquarters on Monday when the suspension is completed, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The question is will he show?
Haynesworth’s agent, Chad Speck, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Ignoring the attendance obligation would not reflect favorably on Haynesworth in light of his pending non-injury grievance against the Redskins. However, it should not hurt his case if the Redskins try to recoup some of the $22 million in signing bonus he earned in 2010.
According to Article XIV, Section 9(a)(ii) of collective bargaining agreement, teams can seek a forfeiture of signing bonus money only if a player willingly takes action that undermines his ability to contribute in either preseason or the regular season. Of course, the season is over on Sunday.
Head coach Mike Shanahan, who on Dec. 7 suspended Haynesworth for the remainder of the regular season without pay for conduct detrimental to the team, said Thursday he was unaware whether Haynesworth had to appear at Redskins Park on Monday.
He admitted he hadn’t considered whether Haynesworth might report because he’s focused on Sunday’s season finale against the New York Giants. Pressed about whether he would like Haynesworth to show up, Shanahan smiled and said: “Let’s move on.”
Shanahan plans to conduct exit meetings with some players on Monday. Whether he would meet with Haynesworth if the opportunity arises is uncertain. However, Haynesworth’s refusal to speak to Shanahan was one transgression that triggered the suspension in the first place, according to the statement Shanahan released announcing the disciplinary action.
Haynesworth and the Redskins appear destined to part ways this offseason. The biggest lingering question centers on how long the team will try to trade him and receive some compensation for his departure before releasing him.