The Washington Redskins have officially moved on from the Albert Haynesworth saga. The team has traded the disgruntled defensive tackle to the New England Patriots for a fifth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. This occurs just hours before he was scheduled to show up at Redskins training camp.
Haynesworth will now be Bill Belichick's problem, and not the Redskins'. Rather than risk the remaining players' patience, the Redskins found a trading partner, even if the return was less than substantial. Mike Shanahan had insisted on receiving more value than a future fifth-round pick, but in the end, the Redskins settled for just that.
Haynesworth's departure means the Redskins will now have an additional $5.4 million in cap space that can be used to sign some of the big-name free agents out there.
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