The Albert Haynesworth tampering incident was back in the news this week with a Yahoo Sports report that the NFL had officially opened an investigation into the matter.
If so, where does that leave the Tennessee Titans in all of this?
Well, officially with no comment on the matter — the same thing that NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told The City Paper during an inquiry about the matter this week.
Indications are that the Titans don’t really have a real desire to push the issue for their own gain. In other words, they’re not expecting to be rewarded with an extra draft pick in the matter, even if it is proven that Washington tampered with Haynesworth, who signed a record-setting $100 million deal with the Redskins just five hours into free agency.
Tennessee still has not filed a written formal complaint in the matter, according to sources, even as the report surfaced of the ‘reopened’ investigation.
Remember, too, that according to a City Paper report earlier, the Titans never really budged off a four-year, $34 million offer made to Haynesworth during their exclusive negotiating window. So, it isn’t as if any alleged contact between Haynesworth’s camp and the Redskins thwarted a deal in Tennessee for the defensive tackle to stay.
The Titans appear quite content to allow NFL investigators to determine if the circumstantial evidence in the matter amounts to any wrongdoing, and the issue is not one Tennessee’s front office appears to be wringing its hands on either.
Still, if it is somehow proven that the allegations are true, there probably would be at least a small sense of satisfaction at Baptist Sports Park, even if it means nothing more for the Titans than a gratifying “I told you so.”