Before defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth could get to training camp and take his conditioning test, the Washington Redskins traded him to the New England Patriots for a fifth-round pick in 2013, according to league sources.
Haynesworth still will have to pass his physical in New England, as any player in any trade would.
Washington believes it is ridding itself of a player it had no intention of bringing back to its team this season, while New England is getting added help along its defensive line for a reduced price.
The former Pro Bowl defensive tackle is scheduled to make $5 million this season.
Now in a 24-hour span, the Redskins will have unloaded Haynesworth and quarterback Donovan McNabb, giving Washington an entirely different atmosphere as it prepares to open camp.
Washington traded McNabb to Minnesota for a sixth-round pick in 2012 and a conditional sixth in 2013 in a trade that will become official today.
New England has had a propensity on reaching out for talented but troubled players and succeeding, having previously done so with running back Corey Dillon and wide receiver Randy Moss.
WRITTEN BY Adam Schefter is an ESPN football insider & FULL STORY HERE