And so it begins.
Albert Hanyesworth will not be starting with the first team defense when training camp begins tomorrow although he did sit down with head coach Mike Shanahan and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett to discuss the upcoming season.
"He's here, he's ready to go," said Shanahan who has stayed relatively quiet in regards to the entire stand-off.
Haynesworth stated several weeks ago that he planned on attending training camp and has since then reached out to the Redskins, telling them he is prepared to play for them and will not be a distraction. He has been in contact with Haslett for the past few weeks as well.
Haynesworth initially refused to play in a 3-4 defense because he didn't want to play nose tackle. Now Redskins Insider has reported that Haynesworth will split time between the nose and defensive end in the 3-4 scheme.
So far things seem amicable enough. Haynesworth knows he needs to improve his stock if he wants leave town via a trade. And it appears the only way the Redskins will flat-out cut him is if he fails to cooperate. However, Haynesworth can't afford to do that as that would hurt his chances of signing on with another team.
When asked about whether Haynesworth will play for the Redskins this season, Shanahan said, "we'll see."
However, Shanahan was happy that he would be coming to camp on time and reportedly in shape. "I was very pleased with his mindset and where he was coming from," he said. "It was what I expected from him."
Shanahan also said Haynesworth would have to pass the conditioning test prior to beginning practice. "If he passes the conditioning test then he'll work out with our team right away," he said. "If he doesn't, we'll make sure he's in shape before he works out with the team."
It's too early to tell, but it looks like Haynesworth might actually settle in under Shanahan. We know he won't take kindly to being with the second-team defense, but if he comes to play, he'll be on the first-team by the end of the first week.
Of course, he 'll have to learn the new defense on the fly, but by the end of August, if Haynesworth and the Redskins have made nice, he'll be ready to go.