Coach Jeff Fisher acknowledged Tuesday night that the Tennessee Titans would be willing to discuss a trade with the Washington Redskins for defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.
Addressing one of the day’s top sports stories during his weekly radio show, Fisher stopped short of saying that any such talks had taken place. Not that he would have discussed them anyway because the player in question is under contract with another team. But they didn’t happen. Maybe.
A Redskins official, according to another report, said the team is not the 29-year-old with 28 career sacks.
“If they’re willing to look into the possibility of dealing him, of course we'll listen to them,” Fisher said. “We listen to those types of things almost every day.
“This just happens to be a big story because of the circumstances and the situation that arose with the offseason payment and then of course with all the drama associated with the offseason conditioning and the conditioning test and everything. Our focus right now is on (Sunday's season opener against) the Raiders.”
Haynesworth, of course, was a first-round draft picks of the Titans in 2002 and played seven seasons in Tennessee before he signed a record-setting free agent deal with the Redskins in 2008.
In the last several weeks he has had a series of public disputes with first-year Washington coach Mike Shanahan. Haynesworth missed the team’s offseason activities as he tried to force a trade in response to the implementation of a 3-4 defense by Shanahan and his staff. He then was prohibited from taking part in the first 10 days of training camp because he was unable to pass a fitness test mandated by the coach.