I'm kind of late to the party in commenting on this, but I don't get why some are so worked up over Bruce Allen saying that Albert Haynesworth could well be playing for the Redskins in 2011.
“We were hopeful that he was going to help the team win and remain hopeful that he can help the team win,” Allen said during a 30-minute interview with beat writers at Redskin Park. “Hopefully, if we can give it some time to breathe, maybe we can come back with a fresh outlook on it.
Allen is just saying what he has to say. He can't speak of Albert being a huge waste of money and say that if he ever sets foot in Redskins Park again they immediately will summon the Loudon County police.
There are two things at play here. One is that Haynesworth has a pending grievance against the Redskins in an attempt to recoup nearly $1 million in salary he lost while suspended without pay for the last four games of 2010. If Allen was to say that Haynesworth is as welcome at the team facility as staph outbreak, that would provide fodder for Albert's side to use in the hearing.
Allen also needs to try to boost Haynesworth's trade value out of the toilet. If every team knows that you're going to release him, because you have said that you are, there will be zero trade market for him. Interested parties will just wait until he is released.
To be sure, the trade market for Albert is on life support as it is. But Allen would have pulled the plug on it if he had voiced what probably are the true beliefs of the organization.