NFL betting action begins for Washington on August 13 when the Redskins open the preseason with a NFL gambling matchup at home against the Buffalo Bills.
While NFL training camps are usually mundane and tedious the Haynesworth saga provided fans and the media with something that rivaled a daily soap opera or reality television series for almost two weeks.
With Haynesworth finally proving his physical fitness, he was allowed to put on pads and practice with his teammates for the first time under new head coach Mike Shanahan.
Shanahan made the most out of his opportunity to make a statement to his new team as he would not bend the rules for the two-time All-Pro Haynesworth and his $100 million contract.
Haynesworth was the only player that Shanahan forced to take the test because he skipped the Redskins offseason conditioning program. Haynesworth boycotted the team training sessions because he was hoping to force a trade and also because he said that he preferred his own trainer.
Haynesworth was said to have wanted out from Washington because he was not happy about a pending switch for a 3-4 defense for the 2010 season, which the Redskins will enter as longshots with the NFL preseason odds.
Many of Haynesworth’s Washington teammates were not pleased with his antics and they were not afraid to label him as “selfish.”
Haynesworth’s problems with the conditioning test became something of a national joke and a regular feature for daily papers and sportscasts. During the time that he was not allowed to practice he did stay afterwards to work with Washington coaches to prepare for how to play the new defensive scheme.
Haynesworth signed a 7-year deal with $41 million last year and was expected to be a key asset with the football odds for the Redskins but was a major disappointment in 2009 as he was inconsistent and not fully in shape. He had several injuries that caused him to miss 4 games last year.
The Redskins began camp with optimism that they could become something of a NFL betting surprise as Shanahan has brought in new quarterback Donovan McNabb from Philadelphia and a new attitude that is all business.