It appears that Titans All-Pro DT Albert Haynesworth may not be getting the long-term deal he’s looking for with the Titans by the July 15th deadline. Haynesworth’s agent, Chad Speck, says that there has been little movement to speak of when talking to the Titans about a long-term deal for his client. “There has been no significant movement from the Titans on a long term deal since prior to the Combine in February and I don’t think this will change before July 15th,” Speck said in his e-mail.
If Haynesworth does not sign a deal by the 15th of next month, the Titans can only guarantee the 2008 season in Tennessee, as he can then only sign the one-year franchise tender the team gave him a few months back. He also cannot sign a multi-year deal then with the Titans till after the regular season is over.
The DT has not taken part in any offseason workouts with the team, but has given no indication if he’ll show up for training camp next month. Haynesworth played in 13 games last season, putting up a career-high 6 sacks and 69 tackles, on the way to being an All-Pro. The team played a heck of a lot better both vs the run and against the pass when Haynesworth was in there, so you can bet the Titans will remain a better team if they can get him a long-term deal, but right now it does not look like it’s going to happen.