GM’s plan for McNabb, Haynesworth unclear

ASHBURN - The question was asked multiple ways, but Bruce Allen slyly deflected an answer. When it came to Albert Haynesworth and Donovan McNabb, Allen wasn't going to bite on any future moves involving the Redskins' two highest-profile players.

So one more attempt was made.

Allen, who deals with the Redskins' alumni, was asked when McNabb and Haynesworth might join that group.

"No time soon," he said, laughing.

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But for the Redskins' general manager, the futures of McNabb and Haynesworth remain a hot topic. Allen left the door open for both players, though mostly Haynesworth, to return during a half-hour chat with local print reporters.

Allen said he has talked with McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith, but declined to characterize the tone of those discussions.

"It's not just about an individual," Allen said. "It's about what's best for our team."

As for Haynesworth, Allen said there's a chance he could return. Considering Haynesworth won't talk to coach Mike Shanahan, was suspended for the final four games and dislikes the defense, it's hard to imagine he'll come back. Other teams already are calling around to find out more about Haynesworth and what happened in Washington.

But, Allen said, perhaps there's a chance he'll play here in 2011.

"Because he's extremely talented," Allen said. "We were hopeful that he was going to help the team win. And we remain hopeful that he can help the team win. Hopefully if we give it time to breathe, maybe we can come back with a fresh outlook."

Allen declined to call the McNabb trade a failure, despite giving up second- and fourth-round pick picks for a player they might have for only one season.

"When we made the decision to trade for Donovan, based on what we knew and what we were looking at, it was the right decision," he said. "I don't want to speculate on what might occur."