The Tennessee Titans and the representatives for Albert Haynesworth are far apart in terms of the dollar value of a new contract, according to sources familiar with the situation.
After the two sides spoke in late January, the Titans have now made an initial offer to Haynesworth, but the sides apparently are not at all close in terms of what each is seeking in a new contract extension for the defensive tackle.
Haynesworth, who can become a free agent on Feb. 27, played last season under the franchise tender of $7.25 million and met incentives worked into the deal in order to reach free agency this year.
Haynesworth, who had a career-high 8.5 sacks in 2008 and was named All-Pro for the second consecutive season, is in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl this week, in what could be his final act as a Titan, unless the two sides can somehow bridge the cap over the next three-and-a-half weeks.
Haynesworth’s agent Chad Speck could not be reached for comment, and the Titans have not commented on the negotiations since coach Jeff Fisher indicated that re-signing Haynesworth was a “priority” of the offseason proceedings in his season-ending news conference.
Haynesworth is believed to be seeking a contract that would make him the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player in terms of guaranteed money. Currently, defensive end Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings holds that honor with a contract that guarantees him in the neighborhood of $32 million.
Haynesworth has repeatedly said he wants to remain in Tennessee, but in an interview on WGFX-FM 104.5 The Zone last week from the Super Bowl site in Tampa, Fla., indicated that talks were moving slowly and that he is interested in a strong payday either from the Titans or on the free agent market.
Cap space is not an issue for the Titans, who are approximately $28 million under the cap, according to a league source.
Last week, ESPN reported that the Titans would be willing to pay Haynesworth approximately $12 million per season, but, according to sources, no contract proposal had even been offered by Tennessee officials at the time.