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Report: Redskins not interested in releasing Haynesworth

The NFL lockout has slowed the Redskins from solving the curious case of Albert Haynesworth, but *The Washington Post* reported Thursday that coach Mike Shanahan isn't about to accept anything less than a second-round draft pick for the pricey defensive lineman.

If the Redskins part ways with Haynesworth, they are determined to do so through a trade, according to the newspaper. Shanahan isn't interested in cutting a player who has received roughly $32 million from the Redskins over the past two seasons, only to see him sign with another team.

The Post reports that the Philadelphia Eagles have shown interest in Haynesworth, after they hired defensive line coach Jim Washburn, who coached the lineman during his stint with the Tennessee Titans.

Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Hasletttold ESPN Radio in St. Louis last month that Haynesworth "can do almost anything he wants. He doesn't want to do anything. To me, that's the issue.

"He's one of those guys you walk in a meeting and you tell him, 'Put down the phone.' The next day' you have to tell him to put down the phone. The next day, you tell him to put down the phone.

"You tell him, 'Don't read the newspaper in meetings.' The next day' you have to tell him the same thing. It doesn't stick; it's an everyday thing."

Haynesworth hasn't helped his case with the Redskins by fighting legal battles on multiple fronts this offseason.

In May, a judge dismissed a misdemeanor assault charge against Haynesworth after the player reached an agreement with the man who said he was the victim of a road-rage attack in February.

Haynesworth still faces a misdemeanor sexual abuse charge in the District of Columbia, where he is accused of groping a waitress at a hotel bar. He has pleaded not guilty.

A D.C. Superior Court agreed to delay the start of that trial to August 2, allowing defense witnesses to schedule appearances, *The Post* reported Friday.

At one point last year, Haynesworth was juggling as many as four court-related matters, including lawsuits from a bank, an exotic dancer, a man injured in an automobile accident and complaints from his ex-wife that he wasn't paying her health insurance or their children's bills.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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